Team news: Digby starts for Ipswich Town as McCarthy makes four changes for Middlesbrough clash

Paul Digby chests down the ball during the Ipswich Town V Portsmouth (Emirates FA Cup Third Round) m

Paul Digby chests down the ball during the Ipswich Town V Portsmouth (Emirates FA Cup Third Round) match at Portman Road, Ipswich, on 09 January 2016. Picture: Steve Waller www.stephenwaller.com - Credit: Picture: Steve Waller

Paul Digby makes his first league start for the Blues after coming into the side to replace Christophe Berra at Middlesbrough this afternoon.

The young defender, on loan from Barnsley, has started in the FA Cup and appeared as a substitute in the league, but starts today in an Ipswich side featuring four changes from Tuesday’s draw with Fulham.

Out go Berra, Jonathan Douglas, Andre Dozzell and Brett Pitman, with Digby, Luke Hyam, Kevin Bru and David McGoldrick replacing them.

Dozzell is on the bench, as is Teddy Bishop, following a successful 90 minutes for the under 21s on Monday.

For the hosts, former Blues Jordan Rhodes and Grant Leadbitter start, while nemesis David Nugent is on the bench, having scored 15 goals in 14 games against Ipswich.


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Middlesbrough: Konstantopoulos, Nsue, Ayala, Gibson, De Laet, Clayton, Leadbitter, Adomah, Ramirez, Downing, Rhodes.

Subs: Agazzi, Nugent, Forshaw, Kalas, Stuani, Husband, De Sart.

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Ipswich Town: Bialkowski, Chambers, Digby, Smith, Knudsen, Skuse, Hyam, Feeney, Bru, Sears, McGoldrick

Subs: Gerken, Foley, Douglas, Pringle, Pitman, Dozzell, Bishop.

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