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

Coca-Cola Championship 2009-10

Saturday, February 6, 2010

Referee: Keith Hill

Manager: Roy Keane

Portman Road 15:00

Attendance: 21,243

Manager: Gordon Strachan

Match Number: 3340


 Daryl Murphy (1)
 David Wheater (62)


Andrew TaylorJonathan Franks (51)
Chris KillenLeroy Lita (81)


 David Norris (66)
 Gary ONeil (62)



Danny Coyne

Justin Hoyte

Andrew Taylor

Stephen McManus

Jonathan Grounds

David Wheater

Kyle Naughton

Willo Flood

Gary ONeil

Chris Killen

Lee Miller



Jason Steele

Joe Bennett

Tony McMahon

Josh Walker

Leroy Lita

Jonathan Franks

Rhys Williams

Match Report

Wheater header earns Boro a point at Ipswich

DAVID WHEATER'S first goal for almost a year prevented a Middlesbrough defeat in the first match of the post-Adam Johnson era.

With little flair on show from Gordon Strachan's men, it looked for long spells that Ipswich would claim a victory after Daryl Murphy had opened his account for the club after just 22 seconds.

But Boro battled back after an awful first half performance to earn a draw that could and should have been a lot worse.

With £3.5m signing Scott McDonald left behind in the North-East as a precaution after feeling soreness around the area he recently had hernia surgery, it was left to Middlesbrough's other new recruits to show their worth.

But Stephen McManus, Kyle Naughton and Lee Miller faced an uphill struggle when Murphy, who moved on loan from Sunderland last Monday, nipped ahead of Wheater to poke David Healy's centre beyond Danny Coyne.

Ipswich looked the only team capable of winning in the first half, with Middlesbrough lacking creativity in the absence of Johnson, who moved to Manchester City on deadline day.

But after the restart, and once Justin Hoyte was spared further minutes as a central midfielder, there was much-needed improvement from the visitors.

And after Wheater had headed Gary O'Neil's corner beyond former Hartlepool goalkeeper Arran Lee-Barrett in the 63rd minute, the Teesside outfit could actually have taken the lead.

Lee-Barrett was fortunate to turn and gather a near post header from Miller when his effort had squirmed underneath him and Damien Delaney was on hand to clear another header from the striker off the line.

But in the end Murphy's first goal in nearly two years was cancelled out by Wheater's only goal in 11 months to earn a fortunate draw.

The Northern Echo

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