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Result: Freddie Sears strike sinks Nottingham Forest

Freddie Sears fires home seven minutes from time to give Ipswich Town a 2-1 win over Nottingham Forest.

A late Ipswich Town winner from Freddie Sears ensured that Nottingham Forest left Portman Road empty handed after Christophe Berra's calamitous own goal looked to have cancelled out Daryl Murphy's 25th goal of the season.

Henri Lansbury spurned an early chance to put the visitors ahead when he pounced on Cole Skuse's slip and lashed his shot high and wide of goal.

Murphy was similarly careless with his first effort of the afternoon, nodding Teddy Bishop's corner over the bar when well placed.

However, the Championship's top scorer made no mistake with his next opportunity, collecting Sears's pass and hammering the ball beyond Karl Darlow from inside the area.

Stephen Hunt picked out Tommy Smith with a free kick just before the break, but the defender could only turn the ball over the top.

Forest levelled the tie in fortuitous circumstances just eight minutes after the restart as Berra stumbled in the box and turned Ben Osborn's cross into his own net.

Substitute Luke Varney then twice tested Darlow with headers in the space of a just a few minutes as the home side made all the late running.

Just as Forest looked as though they would escape with a draw, Sears cut inside Jack Hobbs and hit a strike that deflected up and into the back of the net.

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1Norwich CityNorwich21134438241443
2Leeds UnitedLeeds21126335181742
3Sheffield UnitedSheff Utd21114634241037
4Derby CountyDerby2111463124737
5West Bromwich AlbionWest Brom21106544301436
6Middlesbrough219932314936
7Nottingham ForestNott'm Forest21810332221034
8Aston Villa218854132932
9Birmingham CityBirmingham217953025530
10Stoke CityStoke217952725230
11Blackburn RoversBlackburn217952731-430
12Swansea CitySwansea218582523229
13Bristol City218582524129
14Queens Park RangersQPR218492531-628
15Preston North EndPreston216783235-325
16Wigan AthleticWigan2174102329-625
17Sheffield WednesdaySheff Weds216692738-1124
18Brentford215793332122
19Hull City2156102130-921
20Rotherham UnitedRotherham214982132-1121
21Millwall2147102635-919
22Reading2146112634-818
23Bolton WanderersBolton2146111529-1418
24Ipswich TownIpswich2118121737-2011

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