Twenty minutes in and it looked grim. Ipswich were comfortable. Forest’s midfield didn’t know how to get the ball up the field. Blackburn were 2-0 up elsewhere and 2 points above Forest. Birmingham were winning away too. Ipswich fans sang “Que Sera, … you’re going to Shrewsbury!”
Towards the end of the first half, Forest developed quick attacks, one of which led to a Forest player being fouled in the box, and their no. 9 comfortably converted the penalty kick. Now Forest were safe by a goal difference of 1. But if another was needed, it was not clear how it would come.
Second half and Forest were much better, keeping the ball in the Ipswich half. And finally a shot from 30 years looked the business and was behind the Ipswich keeper’s long dive. And Blackburn had conceded a goal. Comfort enough for the No. 9 to miss a second penalty, though he made up which an individual driving run and smash.
Now the sell-out crowd waited for the final whistle, to both celebrate on the pitch and wave a “Fawaz out” banner.