4:57pm Saturday 14th September 2013
By Paul Fraser
Full-time: Ipswich Town 3 Middlesbrough 1
ANY momentum Middlesbrough had built from a four match unbeaten run came to a crushing end at Portman Road where Ipswich Town claimed all three points.
The Tractor Boys came from behind to win 3-1 after Boro had failed to make the most of Ghanaian winger Albert Adomah's first goal for the club.
Middlesbrough started brightly enough, spraying the ball around with plenty of intent. Debutant Jacob Butterfield looked comfortable and linked well with attack.
Ipswich, who had started slowly, could have no complaints when they conceded the first goal.
A Butterfield corner was swung in to the six-yard box. It was only half cleared to the edge of the area and Grant Leadbitter headed back in to a crowded box.
Adomah, with his back to goal, then lifted both feet off the ground and hooked and excellent finish beyond goalkeeper Dean Gerken from eight yards.
Rather than build on that, though, Middlesbrough went missing for the best part of 40 minutes. During that period they not only let the lead slip, they fell behind.
Ipswich striker David McGoldrick grabbed the equaliser 11 minutes before the break. When he picked up Christophe Berra's pass 30 yards from goal, he still had plenty to do.
But the former Nottingham Forest man skipped around Dean Whitehead too easily before unleashing an unstoppable right-foot finish inside Jason Steele's right-hand post to level things up.
Had it not been for Steele saving a couple more efforts from Luke Chambers and Paul Anderson, Middlesbrough would have been behind before half-time.
But Chambers did beat the England Under-21s keeper 12 minutes after the restart.
Ryan Tunnicliffe's good work on the wing ended with him rolling to Aaron Cresswell. The full-back's delivery to the back post picked out the unmarked Chambers to nod back across goal and inside Steele's far post.
It was exactly what Ipswich, who had only won one game this season, deserved.
That sparked Middlesbrough to life again, but they still rarely threatened Gerken despite throwing on deadline day signing from Sporting Kansas City Kei Kamara and Marvin Emnes.
And in stoppage time McGoldrick raced through on goal, held off the attentions of Jonathan Woodgate before slotting in the third and final goal.
IPSWICH TOWN (4-4-2): Gerken; Chambers, Berra, Smith, Cresswell; Anderson (Edwards 46), Skuse, Hyam, Tunnicliffe; Nouble (Murphy 46), McGoldrick. Subs (not used): Tabb, Loach (gk), Hewitt, Wordsworth, Taylor.
MIDDLESBROUGH (4-1-4-1): Steele, Richardson, Woodgate, R Williams, Friend; Whitehead (Kamara 62), Adomah, Leadbitter, Butterfield, Carayol (Emnes 62), Jutkiewicz. Subs (not used): Leutwiler (gk), Hoyte, Gibson, Smallwood, Halliday.
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