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Middlesbrough 4-1 Ipswich Town

Albert Adomah scores for Middlesbrough
Adomah gave Middlesbrough the half-time lead with a low drive

Middlesbrough stayed with the pace at the top of the Championship with a superb win over rivals Ipswich.

Daniel Ayala gave Boro the advantage with a firm header in the fourth minute before Town's Daryl Murphy tapped in.

Boro regained the lead through Albert Adomah, who drilled in, before Patrick Bamford struck twice after the break with two brilliant individual efforts.

Town suffered an early blow when keeper Dean Gerken was carried off with an injury suffered during the first goal.

There was an eight-minute stoppage as Gerken, who appeared to collide with one of his players in a bid to reach Adam Clayton's cross for the goal, received treatment on the pitch.

He was taken off on a stretcher and replaced by Bartosz Bialkowski. Reports later said Gerken was fine but would going to hospital for a full check.

The delay appeared to give Ipswich's players time to regroup and they equalised soon after the restart when keeper Dimitrios Konstantopoulos parried Jonathan Parr's shot into the path of Murphy, who was left with a simple finish.

The visitors - who started the day five points off the quartet of Bournemouth, Derby, Watford and Boro - went agonisingly close to taking the lead when Murphy's shot took a huge deflection and came off the post into the hands of the Boro stopper.

Instead it was manager Aitor Karanka's side who made it 2-1 when Ghana winger Adomah gave Bialkowski little chance with a fierce strike.

And after a quiet start to the second period, Boro's top scorer Bamford extended the advantage when he collected the ball from Jelle Vossen before running into the area and slotting in.

Bamford then scored the goal of the match. On this occasion, the former Nottingham Forest man turned and sold a dummy to Tommy Smith before finishing with a low shot.

Boro have 69 points and are third on goal difference behind Watford and leaders Bournemouth, who won later on Saturday.

Middlesbrough manager Aitor Karanka:

"Patrick deserves those goals for his work rate and he showed great confidence in the way he took both of them.

"It was massive to win, we needed a performance today and I thought we were brilliant against a good, strong team.

"We've played against a very strong team who finished the game with four strikers and the main thing is that we're eight points ahead of them in seventh.

"To be eight points ahead of them is a good situation for us."

Ipswich manager Mick McCarthy:

"We worked on defending corners and conceded two goals from them.

"We were great in the first half and second half we were undone by a really good goal by Patrick Bamford, it's great play by him.

"I'll take responsibility after 3-1. I threw strikers on, we were all over the place and a bit of a shambles at the end. We're organised at corners normally and shouldn't concede."

Line-ups

Middlesbrough

Formation 4-2-3-1

  • 13Konstantopoulos
  • 26Kalas
  • 6GibsonBooked at 55mins
  • 4AyalaSubstituted forWoodgateat 24'minutes
  • 3Friend
  • 8Clayton
  • 7LeadbitterSubstituted forNsueat 88'minutes
  • 27AdomahBooked at 78mins
  • 23Bamford
  • 20ReachBooked at 73mins
  • 21VossenSubstituted forForshawat 68'minutes

Substitutes

  • 9Kike
  • 10Tomlin
  • 12Ripley
  • 18Whitehead
  • 24Nsue
  • 34Forshaw
  • 39Woodgate

Ipswich

Formation 4-4-2

  • 1GerkenSubstituted forBialkowskiat 10'minutes
  • 4Chambers
  • 5SmithBooked at 28mins
  • 6Berra
  • 3Mings
  • 2Parr
  • 8Skuse
  • 27BishopBooked at 45minsSubstituted forVarneyat 84'minutes
  • 18TabbSubstituted forWoodat 69'minutes
  • 20Sears
  • 9Murphy

Substitutes

  • 11Anderson
  • 14Chaplow
  • 15Varney
  • 17Bru
  • 28Clarke
  • 33Bialkowski
  • 39Wood
Referee:
Mike Jones
Attendance:
18,909

Match Stats

Home TeamMiddlesbroughAway TeamIpswich
Possession
Home43%
Away57%
Shots
Home13
Away22
Shots on Target
Home4
Away4
Corners
Home3
Away13
Fouls
Home15
Away12

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Middlesbrough 4, Ipswich Town 1.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Middlesbrough 4, Ipswich Town 1.

  3. Post update

    Corner, Ipswich Town. Conceded by Adam Reach.

  4. Post update

    Luke Varney (Ipswich Town) wins a free kick on the left wing.

  5. Post update

    Foul by Albert Adomah (Middlesbrough).

  6. Post update

    Attempt missed. Patrick Bamford (Middlesbrough) left footed shot from the centre of the box is high and wide to the left. Assisted by Adam Forshaw with a headed pass.

  7. Post update

    Attempt missed. Emilio Nsue Lopez (Middlesbrough) header from the centre of the box is close, but misses the top right corner. Assisted by Albert Adomah with a cross.

  8. Substitution

    Substitution, Middlesbrough. Emilio Nsue Lopez replaces Grant Leadbitter.

  9. Post update

    Attempt missed. Luke Varney (Ipswich Town) header from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by Daryl Murphy with a cross.

  10. Post update

    Attempt missed. Patrick Bamford (Middlesbrough) right footed shot from the centre of the box is just a bit too high. Assisted by Albert Adomah following a fast break.

  11. Substitution

    Substitution, Ipswich Town. Luke Varney replaces Teddy Bishop.

  12. Post update

    Corner, Ipswich Town. Conceded by Patrick Bamford.

  13. Post update

    Corner, Ipswich Town. Conceded by Tomas Kalas.

  14. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Freddie Sears (Ipswich Town) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Daryl Murphy.

  15. Post update

    Attempt missed. Albert Adomah (Middlesbrough) left footed shot from the right side of the box is close, but misses the top right corner. Assisted by Adam Forshaw.

  16. Goal!

    Goal! Middlesbrough 4, Ipswich Town 1. Patrick Bamford (Middlesbrough) left footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Grant Leadbitter.

  17. Booking

    Albert Adomah (Middlesbrough) is shown the yellow card.

  18. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Jonathan Parr (Ipswich Town) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Teddy Bishop.

  19. Post update

    Corner, Ipswich Town. Conceded by George Friend.

  20. Post update

    Foul by Chris Wood (Ipswich Town).

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Bournemouth37209878393969
2Watford372161076453169
3Middlesbrough37209858273169
4Derby371910869402967
5Norwich37199971403166
6Brentford371951359481162
7Ipswich3717101057431461
8Wolves371611105145659
9Nottm Forest371412115951854
10Blackburn371412114946354
11Sheff Wed371214113335-250
12Charlton371115114248-648
13Leeds37139153946-748
14Cardiff371211144549-447
15Birmingham371114124353-1047
16Bolton37128174555-1044
17Reading37128174058-1844
18Huddersfield371110164663-1743
19Brighton37914144246-441
20Fulham37117194865-1740
21Rotherham37913153855-1740
22Wigan37810193449-1534
23Millwall37710203162-3131
24Blackpool37410232974-4522
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