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Ipswich Town (0) 1 - 1 (0) Middlesbrough

NPower Championship 2011-12

Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Referee: K Stroud

Manager: Paul Jewell

Portman Road 19:45

Attendance: 18,727

Manager: Tony Mowbray

Match Number: 3453


 Grant Leadbitter (74)
 Lukas Jutkiewicz (63)


Matthew BatesTony McMahon (16)
Seb HinesLukas Jutkiewicz (44)
Marvin EmnesKevin Thomson (84)


 Tommy Smith (43)
 Nick Bailey (57)



Jason Steele

Justin Hoyte

Joe Bennett

Matthew Bates

Seb Hines

Nick Bailey

Adam Hammill

Barry Robson

Julio Arca

Richard Smallwood

Marvin Emnes



Tony McMahon

Lukas Jutkiewicz

Kevin Thomson

Merouane Zemmama

Bartholomew Ogbeche

Match Report

Grant Leadbitter helps Ipswich to draw against Middlesbrough

Grant Leadbitter and Lukas Jutkiewicz both went from villain to hero as Ipswich and Middlesbrough shared the spoils at Portman Road.

An ordinary first half produced next to nothing in the way of excitement in what was a rearranged Championship fixture which was abandoned in February because of a frozen pitch.

But the encounter came to life within minutes of the restart as the Middlesbrough substitute Jutkiewicz, a replacement for Seb Hines who was forced off because of injury along with the captain Matthew Bates, registered his contender for miss of the season. The Ipswich Town midfielder Leadbitter soon had his head in his hands as well as he watched his penalty turned away by Jason Steele.

Yet Jutkiewicz made amends in the 63rd minute when he converted from close range and Leadbitter also redeemed himself 11 minutes later with a blistering shot from 30 yards.

It was a third successive draw for promotion-chasing Middlesbrough, who are now winless in five matches, and keeps them in fifth while Ipswich – denied a sixth straight home win – have suffered now suffered only two defeats in their last 12.

Leadbitter returned from suspension to replace Andy Drury as Ipswich's only change, while the Middlesbrough manager, Tony Mowbray, formerly of Ipswich, brought in four new faces – Richard Smallwood, Julio Arca, Barry Robson and Marvin Emnes all starting.

The first half produced plenty of flowing, passing football although clear-cut openings were few. Leadbitter fashioned the first chance, his 25-yard strike tipped over by Steele.

A jinking run from Jay Emmanuel-Thomas almost produced a clear sight of goal, while Michael Chopra fired over from distance.

But, all in all, there was very little for the 18,727 present in Suffolk to get excited about during the opening 45 minutes.

Hines recovered from a worrying-looking head injury to rejoin matters briefly but was forced off at the interval to be replaced by Jutkiewicz, with Nicky Bailey reverting into a makeshift central defence alongside McMahon.

Nevertheless, it was at the other end where Jutkiewicz was guilty of a glaring miss within minutes of coming on, McCarthy managing only to parry Barry Robson's shot into the path of the former Coventry marksman, who blazed over from a matter of yards.

Out of nowhere Ipswich were handed the clearest chance of the encounter when Emmanuel-Thomas was adjudged to have been brought down in the area by Smallwood, yet Leadbitter saw his spot-kick palmed away by Steele.

And Middlesbrough soon made the most of it as Jutkiewicz converted from close range after Ipswich had been forced to clear their lines on more than one occasion in a swift attacking move from the visitors.

But, like Jutkiewicz, Leadbitter made up for his earlier miss with a scorching shot from distance 16 minutes from time.

The Guardian

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