dazzles as Ipswich ride luck
If the foundations
of a promotion campaign are built around a generous helping of good fortune,
Joe Royle undoubtedly used up most of his quota last night.
Royle, the Ipswich
manager, was grateful for both the brilliance of goalkeeper Kelvin Davis and
the woodwork as Darren Bent's equaliser salvaged a point to eradicate Paul Evans'
opener. Davis denied Forest with a string of sublime saves but could only watch
as Andy Reid, David Johnson and Gareth Taylor all struck the goal frame in the
mission to give Royle a fitting retirement present with promotion will undoubtedly
hinge on such talent as precocious teenager Dean Bowditch - surprisingly dropped
last night. But Darren Bent, 20, patently wanted to steal some of the limelight.
Bent arrowed a 25-yard effort inches wide in the ninth minute before slashing
a volley over as he laid siege on Paul Gerrard's goal.
manager Joe Kinnear will be trying to keep Andy Reid away from the Premiership
predators. Reid carved Forest's first chance with a delicious centre to find
Gareth Taylor, whose fierce header was spectacularly palmed over by Davis.
Forest did take the lead when Davis again saved smartly from David Johnson,
only for Evans to gleefully ram home the rebound.
slammed a vicious volley against the crossbar two minutes after the break before
Johnson wasted a glorious opportunity to put the game beyond his former employers
by heading against a post from two yards out.
costly miss. Kevin Horlock's corner was flicked on by Jason De Vos and Bent
flicked home at the second attempt, although the visitors had a let-off when
Taylor nodded a Reid cross against the woodwork.
Percy (Daily Telegraph)