MATCH REPORT: Ipswich Town 3 Middlesbrough 1

Ipswich v Middlesbrough: David McGoldrick scored twice as Ipswich Town came from behind to beat Middlesbrough 3-1 at Portman Road.

The visitors broke the deadlock in the 12th minute when Albert Adomah produced an acrobatic close-range finish after a corner was only half cleared.

Ipswich responded superbly though and drew level in the 34th minute through a fine McGoldrick strike before deservedly completing the turnaround in the 57th minute through Luke Chambers’ excellent angled back post header.

McGoldrick then put the icing on the cake in stoppage-time, providing a cool finish after Jonathan Woodgate’s misjudged header.

Middlesbrough took the lead when McGoldrick failed to get enough distance on a clearing header from Jacob Butterfield’s corner. Grant Leadbitter nodded the ball back into the area and Adomah adjusted quickly to send the ball flying past Dean Gerkin from close-range with an acrobatic volley.

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The first half was a poor spectacle, with both teams guilty of aimless long balls forward.

It was Ipswich who looked the more dangerous though, with visiting keeper Jason Steele producing a smart one-handed stop to deny Paul Anderson one-on-one.

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Town’s leveller came out of nowhere in the 34th minute. McGoldrick received the ball with his back to goal, span Dean Whitehead and drilled an angled shot beyond the dive of Steele.

The home side started the second half on the front foot, with Steele springing to his left to keep out Ryan Tunnicliffe’s goalbound effort from the edge of box.

And they got the second goal their improving play deserved in the 57th minute when Chambers – up from right-back – sent a controlled far post header back across Steele, Aaron Cresswell providing the pin-point cross after good play by Tunnicliffe by the corner flag.

Boro had barely threatened, their second shot of the match – on or off target – only arriving in the 71st minute.

By contrast, Town continued to create chance-after-chance, with McGoldrick fizzing a 30-yard effort just past the post and Luke Hyam fluffing his lines from a golden unmarked position.

The third goal finally arrived in stoppage-time – giving the scoreline a more representative feel – as McGoldrick seized on Jonathan Woodgate’s poor header backwards and coolly guided the ball into the far corner.

IPSWICH TOWN (4-4-2): Gerken; Chambers (cpt), Berra, Smith, Cresswell; Anderson (Edwards 68), Skuse, Hyam, Tunnicliffe (Tabb 84); Nouble (Murphy 46), McGoldrick.

Unused subs: Loach, Hewitt, Wordsworth, Taylor.

MIDDLESBROUGH (4-5-1): Steele; Richardson, Woodgate, Williams (cpt), Friend; Adomah, Butterfield, Leadbitter, Whitehead (Kamara 62), Carayol (Emnes 62); Jutkiewicz.

Ununused subs: Leutwiler, Hoyte, Halliday, Gibson, Smallwood.

Attendance: 15,276 (472 away)

Referee: James Linington

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