Nottingham Forest travelled to Suffolk on Saturday afternoon to face Ipswich Town in the Championship.
The two sides stood level on points prior to the game, just outside the play-off places, but could not have been in more contrasting moods. The Reds' wretched form continued in midweek with a home defeat at the hands of Charlton Athletic while the Blues continued their late push for a top six place by beating Derby.
Gary Brazil again took charge of Forest as the speculation continues about who will replace Billy Davies at the club with former West Bromwich Albion head coach Steve Clarke the latest name in the frame.
Brazil made four changes from the Charlton game with debuts for loan signing Lee Peltier and rookie midfielder Ben Osborn. Raddy Majewski and Jamie Paterson also returned to the starting XI.
A knee ligament injury that will keep him out for the rest of the season means former Red David McGoldrick did not line up against his old side.
Forest made the perfect start when Danny Collins headed home from a Danny Fox corner and went in at the break a goal to the good after a hard-fought opening 45 minutes.
Strong in the second half against Derby in midweek, Ipswich again rallied after the break and the breakthrough finally came twelve minutes from time as Daryl Murphy scored to earn a share of the spoils.
Reaction: Gary Brazil was a satisfied man after the game, hailing a 'massive improvement' from the Charlton game.
'While I have got the job, I will do it to the best of my ability. The players have been fantastic.'