Ipswich vs Middlesbrough – 4/12/15
Portman road has not been a happy hunting ground for Middlesbrough who had not won a league game in Suffolk since 1993 and so knew a game against Mick McCarthys highly organised outfit was always going to be a tough test on a December evening under the lights- however they showed their learnings from previous years with a thoroughly professional 2-0 victory.
The first half was a cagey affair as many predicted with very few chances created- the only ones to shout about being a snapshot by Brett Pittman and an effort from point blank range by Ipswich captain Luke Chambers which was smarty blocked by Boro keeper Dimi Konstantopoulos.
With many expecting a similarly tight second half it was Middlesbrough who drew first blood when Albert Adomah cut in from the left wing to plant an exquisite cross onto the head of Uruguayan international Christian Stuani who rushed in at the back post to open the scoring.
It was an unfortunately familiar face who doubled Middlesborough’s lead shortly with David Nugent- the man locally known as “The Bogeyman” who picked up an excellent Stewart Downing pass before bearing down on goal and squeezing the ball in off the post to score his 15th goal in 14 appearances at Portman Road.
After the second Middlesbrough were in complete control and could have scored more with a fizzing long range curler by Downing and Adomah who nearly capitalised on a great run and pass by Substitute Adam Forshaw only to be denied at the last.
All in all it was a good evenings work for Middlesbrough who went into the Saturday kick offs on top spot for the first time this season. Despite defeat, Ipswich clearly showed they mean business and remain within touching distance of the play off places throughout the season.