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Ipswich Town 2-2 Middlesbrough

Patrick Bamford (right) celebrates scoring for Middlesbrough against Ipswich
Patrick Bamford's (right) equaliser was his 10th goal in his last 13 appearances for Boro

Patrick Bamford's 97th-minute equaliser earned Middlesbrough a fifth-place finish in the Championship and a play-off semi-final against Aston Villa.

Middlesbrough were already sure of a play-off place, but they looked like dropping to sixth after trailing twice.

A Freddie Sears strike put the hosts ahead and, after Stewart Downing's low shot saw Boro level, Martyn Waghorn's penalty restored Town's lead.

But Bamford's header ensured the visitors finished above Derby.

The Rams thumped Barnsley 4-1, a result which, along with Bolton's dramatic late win over Nottingham Forest, ensured the Tykes were relegated.

Sears ran through and coolly finished to open the scoring on an entertaining afternoon that saw 44 efforts on goal at a sun-baked Portman Road.

Downing's low effort shot from the edge of the area drew Boro level with 19 minutes left only for Waghorn's spot-kick after Shane McLoughlin was felled by Ben Gibson.

But Bamford's last-gasp intervention means that Boro will face Villa rather than Fulham in the play-offs.

Ipswich caretaker manager Bryan Klug:

"They could not have given us any more. I thought the effort was fantastic.

"At the end of the day it would have been nice to win but you can't deny that Middlesbrough played their part in a fantastic game.

"Our goalie had to make some fantastic saves and there were blocks, but we did at times play some good football and that was the pleasing thing.

Middlesbrough manager Tony Pulis:

"If you had given me a play-off position when I took over the football club I wouldn't have cared who we were playing so I can't be judgmental or care or worry about who it is.

"We have got Villa who most probably have the strongest squad in the Championship and it will be a real tough game. They will be big favourites I'm sure."

Line-ups

Ipswich

  • 33Bialkowski
  • 27Carter-Vickers
  • 6Webster
  • 3Knudsen
  • 12SpenceSubstituted forWoolfendenat 88'minutes
  • 16ConnollySubstituted forHyamat 77'minutes
  • 8SkuseBooked at 12mins
  • 22NydamBooked at 45minsSubstituted forMcLoughlinat 76'minutes
  • 30Kenlock
  • 9Waghorn
  • 20SearsBooked at 45mins

Substitutes

  • 19Hyam
  • 24Crowe
  • 25Gleeson
  • 35Morris
  • 37Cotter
  • 39Woolfenden
  • 42McLoughlin

Middlesbrough

  • 25Randolph
  • 5Shotton
  • 4Ayala
  • 6GibsonBooked at 90mins
  • 3Friend
  • 16HowsonSubstituted forBamfordat 61'minutes
  • 8ClaytonSubstituted forHarrisonat 88'minutes
  • 27Besic
  • 37Traoré
  • 9Assombalonga
  • 19Downing

Substitutes

  • 1Konstantopoulos
  • 2da Silva
  • 7Leadbitter
  • 11Bamford
  • 14Cranie
  • 20Fry
  • 23Harrison
Referee:
David Coote
Attendance:
18,829

Match Stats

Home TeamIpswichAway TeamMiddlesbrough
Possession
Home39%
Away61%
Shots
Home16
Away28
Shots on Target
Home8
Away6
Corners
Home6
Away11
Fouls
Home7
Away12

Live Text

Match ends, Ipswich Town 2, Middlesbrough 2.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Ipswich Town 2, Middlesbrough 2.

Goal!

Goal! Ipswich Town 2, Middlesbrough 2. Patrick Bamford (Middlesbrough) header from the centre of the box to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Jack Harrison with a cross following a corner.

Corner, Middlesbrough. Conceded by Cameron Carter-Vickers.

Booking

Ben Gibson (Middlesbrough) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by Ben Gibson (Middlesbrough).

Martyn Waghorn (Ipswich Town) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Offside, Middlesbrough. Muhamed Besic tries a through ball, but Daniel Ayala is caught offside.

Muhamed Besic (Middlesbrough) hits the bar with a right footed shot from outside the box. Assisted by Stewart Downing following a corner.

Corner, Middlesbrough. Conceded by Cameron Carter-Vickers.

Attempt saved. Adama Traoré (Middlesbrough) right footed shot from the right side of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Ryan Shotton.

Attempt saved. Patrick Bamford (Middlesbrough) right footed shot from very close range is saved in the centre of the goal.

Attempt blocked. Britt Assombalonga (Middlesbrough) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Jack Harrison.

Attempt missed. Freddie Sears (Ipswich Town) right footed shot from outside the box is too high. Assisted by Martyn Waghorn.

Attempt missed. Patrick Bamford (Middlesbrough) header from a difficult angle on the left is just a bit too high. Assisted by Adama Traoré with a cross following a corner.

Corner, Middlesbrough. Conceded by Cameron Carter-Vickers.

Substitution

Substitution, Middlesbrough. Jack Harrison replaces Adam Clayton.

Substitution

Substitution, Ipswich Town. Luke Woolfenden replaces Jordan Spence.

Attempt saved. Muhamed Besic (Middlesbrough) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Stewart Downing.

Adama Traoré (Middlesbrough) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Jonas Knudsen (Ipswich Town).

Attempt saved. Freddie Sears (Ipswich Town) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Martyn Waghorn.

Goal!

Goal! Ipswich Town 2, Middlesbrough 1. Martyn Waghorn (Ipswich Town) converts the penalty with a left footed shot to the centre of the goal.

Penalty conceded by Ben Gibson (Middlesbrough) after a foul in the penalty area.

Penalty Ipswich Town. Shane McLoughlin draws a foul in the penalty area.

Attempt blocked. Muhamed Besic (Middlesbrough) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Patrick Bamford.

Attempt blocked. George Friend (Middlesbrough) left footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Britt Assombalonga.

Attempt missed. Martyn Waghorn (Ipswich Town) left footed shot from outside the box is too high. Assisted by Cole Skuse.

Attempt saved. Jordan Spence (Ipswich Town) left footed shot from the right side of the box is saved in the bottom right corner.

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

Substitution

Substitution, Ipswich Town. Luke Hyam replaces Callum Connolly.

Delay in match (Middlesbrough).

Substitution

Substitution, Ipswich Town. Shane McLoughlin replaces Tristan Nydam.

Offside, Middlesbrough. Adam Clayton tries a through ball, but Britt Assombalonga is caught offside.

Corner, Middlesbrough. Conceded by Cameron Carter-Vickers.

Attempt blocked. Muhamed Besic (Middlesbrough) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Corner, Middlesbrough. Conceded by Bartosz Bialkowski.

Attempt saved. Britt Assombalonga (Middlesbrough) right footed shot from the right side of the box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Adama Traoré.

Corner, Ipswich Town. Conceded by Adam Clayton.

Goal!

Goal! Ipswich Town 1, Middlesbrough 1. Stewart Downing (Middlesbrough) right footed shot from outside the box to the centre of the goal following a corner.

goal

As It Stood

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2Cardiff462791069393090
3Fulham462513879463388
4Aston Villa4624111172423083
5Middlesbrough4622101467452276
6Derby4620151170482275
7Preston4619161157461173
8Millwall4619151256451172
9Brentford4618151362521069
10Sheff Utd46209176255769
11Bristol City461716136758967
12Ipswich46179205760-360
13Leeds46179205964-560
14Norwich461515164960-1160
15Sheff Wed461415175960-157
16QPR461511205870-1256
17Nottm Forest46158235165-1453
18Hull461116197070049
19Birmingham46137263868-3046
20Reading461014224870-2244
21Bolton461013233974-3543
22Barnsley46914234872-2441
23Burton461011253881-4341
24Sunderland46716235280-2837
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