Match ends, Middlesbrough 2, Ipswich Town 0.
Danny Graham scored both goals as Middlesbrough found the net for the first time in almost two months on their way to victory against Ipswich.
The on-loan Sunderland striker stabbed in from close range to give the hosts the lead after the half-hour with their first goal in 12 hours and 14 minutes.
Graham then headed in Boro's second just before half-time to double the home team's advantage.
Ipswich are now four points adrift of the play-offs after one win in five.
The hosts - a further five points back even after this win - quickly took control at the Riverside with George Friend driving over after Emmanuel Ledesma's free-kick was headed down by Ben Gibson.
Graham had only managed one goal in 14 months before Saturday, but after Mustapha Carayol's shot was saved by Dean Gerken he turned in Boro's first goal since 18 January.
The striker added a second in first-half added time when he headed in from Grant Leadbitter's corner.
Daryl Murphy wasted the visitors' best chance to pull one back, shooting weakly straight at Dimitrios Konstantopoulos in the Boro goal.
Middlesbrough manager Aitor Karanka:
"I was happy for Danny. After the goal he demonstrated he is a very good Premier League player.
"Finally the goals arrived and I'm very happy. Firstly, our supporters deserved to see us scoring goals and winning and secondly it's great for my team to reward their hard work.
"But I was never worried. I always believed 100 per cent in myself and in the team and I know that when we work hard and play like that we can beat anybody."
Ipswich manager Mick McCarthy:
"We were second best, we got nothing and deserved nothing. We didn't compete and that wasn't like us.
"I actually think Middlesbrough played well and when they got the goal they got on top and didn't let us play.
"We've not performed so I can't take any silver lining from other results. To be in with any chance of getting into the play-offs, we need to be much better than that."
- 11LedesmaBooked at 70mins
- 9GrahamSubstituted forKamaraat 72'minutes
- 10TomlinSubstituted forButterfieldat 78'minutes
- 19CarayolSubstituted forMainat 81'minutes
- 4ChambersBooked at 71mins
- 18TabbSubstituted forWilliamsat 72'minutes
- 35NoubleSubstituted forHyamat 45'minutesBooked at 52mins
- 26TaylorSubstituted forEbanks-Blakeat 69'minutes
- Iain Williamson
- Shots on Target
Second Half ends, Middlesbrough 2, Ipswich Town 0.
Corner, Ipswich Town. Conceded by Dimitrios Konstantopoulos.
Attempt missed. Curtis Main (Middlesbrough) left footed shot from the left side of the box is close, but misses to the left. Assisted by Kei Kamara.
Attempt missed. Christophe Berra (Ipswich Town) left footed shot from the centre of the box is high and wide to the left. Assisted by Cole Skuse.
Paul Green (Ipswich Town) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
Foul by Grant Leadbitter (Middlesbrough).
Cole Skuse (Ipswich Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Foul by Kei Kamara (Middlesbrough).
Tommy Smith (Ipswich Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Foul by Kei Kamara (Middlesbrough).
Foul by Christophe Berra (Ipswich Town).
George Friend (Middlesbrough) wins a free kick on the left wing.
Attempt missed. Tommy Smith (Ipswich Town) header from the centre of the box is high and wide to the left. Assisted by Aaron Cresswell with a cross following a set piece situation.
Daryl Murphy (Ipswich Town) wins a free kick on the left wing.
Foul by Kenneth Omeruo (Middlesbrough).
Substitution, Middlesbrough. Curtis Main replaces Mustapha Carayol.
Attempt blocked. Kei Kamara (Middlesbrough) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Ben Gibson.
Substitution, Middlesbrough. Jacob Butterfield replaces Lee Tomlin.
Attempt missed. Lee Tomlin (Middlesbrough) left footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the left following a corner.