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Middlesbrough (2) 2 - 0 (0) Ipswich Town

Sky Bet Championship 2013-14

Saturday, March 8, 2014

Referee: Iain Williamson

Manager: Aitor Karanka

Riverside Stadium 15:00

Attendance: 13,965

Manager: Mick McCarthy

Match Number: 3546


 Danny Graham (29)
 Danny Graham (45)


Danny GrahamKei Kamara (71)
Lee TomlinJacob Butterfield (77)
Mustapha CarayolCurtis Main (80)


 Emmanuel Ledesma (69)
 Luke Hyam (51)
 Luke Chambers (70)



Dimi Konstantopoulos

Jozsef Varga

George Friend

Grant Leadbitter

Ben Gibson

Kenneth Omeruo

Emmanuel Ledesma

Nathaniel Chalobah

Danny Graham

Lee Tomlin

Mustapha Carayol



Jason Steele

Jacob Butterfield

Rhys Williams

Curtis Main

Byrn Morris

Kei Kamara

David Atkinson

Match Report

Graham brace ends Riverside drought

Danny Graham scored twice as Middlesbrough finally ended their long goal drought with a welcome 2-0 win over Ipswich in the Sky Bet Championship on Saturday.

The on-loan Sunderland striker stabbed Boro ahead just before the half-hour mark - his team's first goal in eight games, totalling 12 hours 14 minutes - and then headed home a second just before the interval.

Boro had a good early chance as Emmanuel Ledesma played a one-two with Graham on the edge of the box before firing a low shot just wide.

Then, on 12 minutes, when a Ledesma free-kick was nodded down by Ben Gibson, George Friend fired over the bar.

Soon after, Mustapha Carayol sent Friend overlapping down the left to cut inside and get into the box but once again he scooped high over the bar.

Ipswich went close on 28 minutes as a Daryl Murphy shot hit defender Kenneth Omeruo and fell at the feet of Paul Taylor 12 yards out but he also lashed over.

Boro finally ended their long wait for a goal in the 29th minute.

Carayol cut in from the left to fire a stinging shot in and, when goalkeeper Dean Gerken spilled it, the ball feel nicely for Graham to ram home from close range.

And the Teessiders got a second in first-half stoppage time as former Ipswich man Grant Leadbitter whipped in a corner and Graham glanced in a header.

After a slow start to the second period, the visitors threatened just before the hour, Paul Taylor sending an effort bouncing wide through a crowd of players following a free-kick.

And soon after Paul Green carried the ball forward unchallenged only to put a speculative shot from distance well wide.

Ipswich had a clear sight of goal on 66 minutes as Green crossed to the edge of the box for Murphy to turn quickly, but his shot was weak and straight at Boro goalkeeper Dimitrios Konstantopoulos.

Boro stepped up a gear and went close on 76 minutes as Lee Tomlin sent a 20-yard effort just over.

Then on 79 minutes Kei Kamara streaked down the right and cut inside to drill in a 20-yard attempt which came back off the shins of a defender.

The home team almost snatched a third in stoppage time as Kamara broke down the right and crossed to the far post, where substitute Curtis Main had arrived unmarked, but he could only find the side-netting from close range.

Mike Dawes (Mail Online)

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