Ipswich Town boss says Nottingham Forest used 'dark arts' and fears it happening again

Mick McCarthy is concerned about facing Blackburn Rovers this weekend, with a play-off spot at stake.

It is the final weekend of The Championship season and there is seemingly very little left to play for.

Millwall, Wigan Athletic and Blackpool are already relegated to League One meanwhile Watford and Bournemouth will be playing Premier League football next season.

The only thing left to be decided is the final line up for the play-offs.

Middlesbrough and Norwich City are assured of their top six finish, but Ipswich Town and Derby County are not quite there yet. Brentford and Wolves are still hovering.

Ipswich look safe. They have a three point gap on Brentford and Wolves, and seven goals on the latter. However Brentford are only three goals behind them in the goal difference column so Ipswich are taking nothing for granted.

Last week Ipswich had to fight hard to put themselves in that position. They took on Nottingham Forest at Portman Road and won 2-1, thanks to a late striker from Freddie Sears.

Forest had pulled level through a 53rd minute Chris Berra own goal and went on to go very defensive in their attempt to pick up a point, despite having nothing to play for in the league.

McCarthy has heeded warning from that aspect of their game ahead of tomorrow's clash with Blackburn Rovers, being quoted by the Lancashire Telegraph as stating:

“Blackburn want to send their fans home happy and they’re not going to lay down and die for us.

“I do think we’ll need to get something out of the game and we saw Nottingham Forest last week using all the dark arts of the game to slow things down when it was 1-1.

“I don’t blame them. They wanted a point. They tried their socks off to get a result and I don’t doubt Blackburn will be the same."

Forest meanwhile are struggling to find reasons to be cheerful at the end of a season that promised so much yet delivered so little. Stuart Pearce's reign ended in a crash, star striker Britt Assombalonga is out until the new year and now form is dipping once again under new boss Dougie Freedman.

Forest fans probably cannot wait for the season to be over.

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