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Middlesbrough 2-0 Ipswich: Jordan Hugill and Marcus Tavernier score in Boro win

Jordan Hugill converts a penalty for Middlesbrough's first goal against Ipswich
Jordan Hugill netted a fourth Championship goal of his loan spell from West Ham

Middlesbrough picked up a first home win in five matches as they condemned bottom club Ipswich to another defeat.

The hosts took the lead through Jordan Hugill's first-half penalty after Jordan Spence was adjudged to have fouled the striker in the air.

Either side of that goal, Darren Randolph pulled off a pair of impressive saves to deny Ipswich from a Trevoh Chalobah header and a Freddie Sears shot.

Substitute Marcus Tavernier doubled Boro's lead in the second half as he slotted home a ball from Jonny Howson at the near post.

Victory would have come as a welcome way to end 2018 for Middlesbrough supporters after coming into the game on a run of three defeats in their past five league matches.

The most recent of those came when Sheffield Wednesday were 1-0 victors at the Riverside, but the home fans had to wait until Hugill's spot-kick to breathe a bit easier.

Ipswich, like they did at QPR on Wednesday, had their chances before falling behind, but were out of contention when Tavernier swept in the second.

Goalkeeper Dean Gerken kept the scoreline respectable as he kept out late efforts from Adam Clayton, George Friend and Hugill.

Paul Lambert's side are now five points adrift at the foot of the table and seven from safety after just two wins in 25 matches this season.

Middlesbrough manager Tony Pulis:

"It was a good result, I thought the players played well but, again, we could have scored more goals.

"But the two goals that we get, we've had easier chances, but it's a great win and I'm really pleased for the lads.

"We're in the top six, we've got an opportunity now to add to the squad in the transfer window and push on.

"I think the way the lads kept going, at 1-0 we had a couple of chances, we should have had a penalty again that we don't get, it was more a penalty than the first one, but in the end we could have scored three or four. I'm really pleased for them and the confidence is important."

Ipswich Town manager Paul Lambert:

"I didn't think it was a penalty as Hugill wasn't getting there. I don't think we deserved to lose the game.

"Some of the football we're playing is at a high level, we're just missing a cutting edge.

"It's a big game on Tuesday (at home against Millwall), but if we keep playing the way we are, we'll get results."



Formation 3-5-1-1

  • 23Randolph
  • 20Fry
  • 24Flint
  • 4AyalaSubstituted forBatthat 90+1'minutes
  • 16Howson
  • 26Wing
  • 37BesicSubstituted forClaytonat 85'minutes
  • 22Saville
  • 3Friend
  • 19DowningSubstituted forTavernierat 61'minutesBooked at 65mins
  • 11Hugill


  • 6Batth
  • 8Clayton
  • 9Assombalonga
  • 17McNair
  • 28Tavernier
  • 31Lonergan
  • 39Gestede


Formation 4-3-3

  • 1Gerken
  • 12Spence
  • 4Chambers
  • 5Pennington
  • 30Kenlock
  • 11NolanSubstituted forDozzellat 79'minutes
  • 6ChalobahBooked at 18mins
  • 21DownesBooked at 39mins
  • 7Edwards
  • 9JacksonSubstituted forRobertsat 71'minutes
  • 20Sears


  • 3Knudsen
  • 10Harrison
  • 15Bishop
  • 19Roberts
  • 22Nsiala
  • 23Dozzell
  • 33Bialkowski
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Match Stats

Home TeamMiddlesbroughAway TeamIpswich
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  1. Post update

    Match ends, Middlesbrough 2, Ipswich Town 0.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Middlesbrough 2, Ipswich Town 0.

  3. Post update

    Corner, Middlesbrough. Conceded by Dean Gerken.

  4. Post update

    Attempt saved. Jordan Hugill (Middlesbrough) header from the centre of the box is saved in the top centre of the goal. Assisted by George Friend with a cross.

  5. Post update

    Attempt missed. George Friend (Middlesbrough) header from very close range is too high. Assisted by Jordan Hugill.

  6. Post update

    Attempt saved. Lewis Wing (Middlesbrough) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Marcus Tavernier.

  7. Post update

    Delay over. They are ready to continue.

  8. Post update

    Delay in match Gwion Edwards (Ipswich Town) because of an injury.

  9. Substitution

    Substitution, Middlesbrough. Danny Batth replaces Daniel Ayala.

  10. Post update

    Attempt missed. Jordan Roberts (Ipswich Town) header from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by Myles Kenlock with a cross.

  11. Post update

    Attempt saved. George Friend (Middlesbrough) left footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

  12. Post update

    Attempt saved. Adam Clayton (Middlesbrough) right footed shot from the right side of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Jordan Hugill.

  13. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Aden Flint (Middlesbrough) header from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Marcus Tavernier with a cross.

  14. Post update

    Corner, Middlesbrough. Conceded by Myles Kenlock.

  15. Post update

    Corner, Middlesbrough. Conceded by Myles Kenlock.

  16. Post update

    Corner, Middlesbrough. Conceded by Matthew Pennington.

  17. Substitution

    Substitution, Middlesbrough. Adam Clayton replaces Muhamed Besic.

  18. Post update

    Flynn Downes (Ipswich Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  19. Post update

    Foul by Jordan Hugill (Middlesbrough).

  20. Post update

    Jordan Roberts (Ipswich Town) wins a free kick on the right wing.

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