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Matchday Live: Besic and Downing goals condemn Blues to home defeat

PUBLISHED: 18:00 02 October 2018 | UPDATED: 21:38 02 October 2018

Muhamed Besic celebrates his early goal to give the visitors the lead.    Picture: STEVE WALLER     WWW.STEPHENWALLER.COM

Muhamed Besic celebrates his early goal to give the visitors the lead. Picture: STEVE WALLER WWW.STEPHENWALLER.COM

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Live updates as Ipswich Town take on Middlesbrough at Portman Road this evening (7.45pm).

The Blues remain winless but are unbeaten at Portman Road, drawing all five games on home soil under Hurst, but now face a Boro side packed with experience and sitting third in the league.

They will do so in front of a national television audience, with Hurst hopeful his side can continue to build on the ‘tiny steps’ that have come in recent weeks despite the wait for a win going on.

“We have the same points as Millwall, who have clearly had victories but also suffered more defeats,” he said.

“We’re above Preston, who have had a victory, so I guess it doesn’t matter in some ways where the points come from. But we know that, if you are going to get enough points in the end, you have to win games.

“For the second week running we’ve got a result and moved up a place. It’s tiny steps but we want to try and continue.

“It doesn’t get much tougher than Middlesbrough but it’s a game we have to look forward to and enjoy the challenge it poses.

“It’s on national TV as well so I’m hoping that can inspire us a little bit more to try and get that.”

Ipswich Town have taken up their option to extend Freddie Sears’ contract until the summer of 2020.

Jon Nolan is back in the team under Paul Lambert. STUART WATSON spoke to the midfielder about Paul Hurst’s sacking, stepping up to the Championship and the visit of Wigan.

Paul Lambert will continue to ‘protect’ talented midfielder Teddy Bishop as the youngster strives for fitness following a long injury lay-off.

Ipswich Town manager Paul Lambert says he won’t sanction any player departures until he has signed the players he wants in January.

Former Ipswich Town striker Marcus Stewart has asked to leave Bristol Rovers following the departure of Darrell Clarke this morning.

Signing strikers will be a top priority for Ipswich Town manager Paul Lambert in January. ANDY WARREN looks at names who could fit the bill for the Blues.

In our daily feature, we take a look at what happened on this day in Ipswich Town’s history. Today features a goal from Tony Mowbray in a European triumph, plus a victory over Leeds United.

Paul Lambert spoke to the media this afternoon ahead of Saturday’s visit of Wigan Athletic.

Midfielder Cole Skuse believes he is ahead of schedule after undergoing a minor operation on the knee injury which is expected to keep him out for eight weeks.

Freddie Sears knows Ipswich Town must add goals to their team, with the January transfer window just around the corner.

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