Ipswich v Middlesbrough: Ipswich Town ended their slow start to 2013 in style with a convincing 4-0 thrashing of Middlesbrough at Portman Road, with stay-away boss Mick McCarthy watching the action via a video link in his sick bed.

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Centre-back Tommy Smith twice headed home from corner kicks, with impressive strike duo David McGoldrick and Aaron Mclean both getting a goal apiece in between those strikes.

The Blues’ first victory in six lifts them two places in the Championship table – above Bolton and Wolves – with lacklustre Middlesbrough succumbing to their fourth straight loss and seventh defeat in eight away games.

Tony Mowbray’s visitors started brightly, but Town – managed by assistant boss Terry Connor – grew into the match and deservedly broke the deadlock in the 38th minute when Smith took advantage of some slack marking to nod home Aaron Cresswell’s corner at the near post.

Having previously conceded equalisers in the early stages of the second half at Aston Villa and Bristol City, the Blues survived a scare soon after the restart when Lukas Lutkiewicz headed into the side-netting.

Within three minutes, the hosts had doubled their lead as McGoldrick pick-pocketed George Friend, drove forward and unleashed a fantastic angled 25-yard shot across Luke Steele from the right-hand side.

Middlesbrough’s first shot on target didn’t arrive until the 55th minute of the match via a tame Grant Leadbitter strike, while debutant Kieron Dyer continued to be largely anonymous.

Ipswich added their third in the 56th minute when Aaron Mclean got the goal his work-rate and fantastic hold-up play richly deserved. The Hull loanee – back in the side due to the fact that Lee Martin had sustained a hamstring injury in training – barged Faris Haroun off the ball out on the left, cut inside and unleashed a shot that wrong-footed keeper Jason Steele thanks to a wicked deflection off of Andre Bikey’s back.

The Blues players and crowd began to enjoy themselves, with the fourth goal arriving in the 78th minute. This time it was Carlos Edwards who delivered the corner, with Smith climbing above two defenders to power a header in off the underside of the crossbar.

– Reaction to follow.

Ipswich Town (4-4-2): Loach; Stearman, Chambers, Smith, Cresswell; Edwards (cpt), Hyam (Drury 87), N’Daw, Murphy; McGoldrick (Wordsworth 78), Mclean (Nouble 67).

Unused subs: Henderson, Hewitt, Kisnorbo, Chopra.

Middlesbrough (4-4-2): Steele; Williams (cpt), Woodgate (Hines 66), Bikey, Friend; Ledesma (McEachran 46), Leadbitter, Emnes (Reach 62), Haroun, Dyer; Jutkiewicz, Emnes. Subs: Ripley, Bailey, Carayol, Parnaby.

Attendance: 16,389 (685 away)

Referee: Craig Pawson

28 comments

  • Great result from the lads. Luke Hyam really is a big prospect for the future. It's a long time since we have had such a young guy with a football brain and the ability and confidence to play. Stearman looked fairly decent and the whole defence looks a unit now what with Cresswell back to his best. The ugly sisters will no doubt put a negative spin on it so looking forward to their intelligent comments some time soon. :-)

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    bristan

    Saturday, February 2, 2013

  • great win lads really brightened up my day COYB.

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    david peters

    Saturday, February 2, 2013

  • OK Steroo. I have looked at our squad on the ITFC website and for the life of me I cannot find 6 Smiths nor 6 Hyams. Have they been cloning themselves in some sort of weird experiment? :-)

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    bristan

    Sunday, February 3, 2013

  • Hang on! Are we suddenly a troll-free zone? Where is the tedious twosome? It's easy to remember - Offshore Mick, loanees!!!! lol. COYB.

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    Ken Hairy

    Saturday, February 2, 2013

  • How many of the keyboard warriors who jump in every time Offshore Investment FC get a good result are the same people who winged & moaned about Smith (& Delaney, come to think about it)? Cyril you want some common sense & objectivity? Boro are in poor form & Town got the obvious-looking home win... with a team containing five of someone else's players including an entire transient mercenary attack who wont be here next season. Another wasted opportunity to start builing a team.... just imagine a team containing six Smiths & Hyams rather than constantly playing an ever-changing pot of cast-offs.

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    Rob Steroo

    Saturday, February 2, 2013

  • 7.30pm and still no sign of Ged or Stereo on here. (Checked on EDP and no sign of them on there either) Obviously giving ITFC some credit for todays performance would stick in their throats ?

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    The original Victor Meldrew

    Saturday, February 2, 2013

  • For the first time in ages we got decent corners and balls into the area, I had become fed up with the ball hitting the first defender from excellent attacking positions.

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    OldBoy

    Sunday, February 3, 2013

  • No Old Timer you're not an ugly sister and your comment does make a point regarding Scotland. I always liked him as an impact player but he was hardly one for the future. The fact that he went to one our rivals does stick in the throat especially as he has started on fire. However I dont think Barnsley or Ipswich will be in the relegation mix at the end of the season. Peterborough, Bristol and Huddersfield is my guess. What are your thoughts Old Timer?

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    bristan

    Saturday, February 2, 2013

  • Well our no hopers of loanees and useless team did the business today... Scott and other idiots will probably decide that as Mcarthey not there that's why we won.... No other rubbish they can come out with.... Surely.... Good game, deserved win.. COYB

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    My Comment is this..

    Saturday, February 2, 2013

  • Bristan - I really don't know - but your prediction probably as good as any. From our own point of view I was worried about how bad we looked against the teams below us - but fortunately we look a lot better against the teams above us - which must be a good omen considering there are a few more of them.??????

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    Old Timer

    Saturday, February 2, 2013

  • Almost correct Rob, the phrase "including an entire transient mercenary attack who wont be here next season" is 50% correct. David McGoldrick is here for 2 12 years. Cheers

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    Dingus

    Sunday, February 3, 2013

  • It is always hard to say if the two changes made us so much better or if Boro were just bad. Both Dyer and Leadbitter were anonymous and neither looked like grabbing the goal which returnees often seem to get. Stearman made a solid and authoritative debut and looks like a future captain. Tommy Smith was outstanding and my man of the match. The back five looked a good unit. In the second half Edwards played as well as he had ever done in a blue shirt. If we can keep this up I for one will be very satisfied. COYB!

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    peter sadler

    Sunday, February 3, 2013

  • Not sure if I'm one of the ugly sisters - but hell I'll give it a go anyway. Firstly let me say - good result - good performance - that's what we all want to see - we are after all all ITFC supporters. What many posters on here fail to recognise is that things are never as black & white as they like to make out. My 'negative' comments were that we brought in too many loanees & actually paid up the contract of a striker I felt could well have been given a chance. So all power to McGoldrick & Mclean - may they score many more goals for us. However should this not be tempered by the fact that while we are paying their wages we are also in effect subsidising Jason Scotland who has scored the winner for Barnsley in his only 2 appearances for the club. ???????

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    Old Timer

    Saturday, February 2, 2013

  • really hope scotty helps to keep barnsley up,great memories of my day at wembly their fans were teriffic COYB.

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    david peters

    Saturday, February 2, 2013

  • #Ken Hairy, full marks for your English grammar lesson but stand in the corner, there should be a 'g' in marking !

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    Brian Betts

    Sunday, February 3, 2013

  • do other people have a delay of 3 hours for comments to appear?

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    OldBoy

    Sunday, February 3, 2013

  • Whoops, sorry, the person who styles herself 'Steroo' leaps in again; displaying the illiteracy of her alter ago, Scott (it's 'won't' not 'wont' - abbreviation of 'will not', the apostrophe markin the absent letters). What kind of people are these tedious bores, who so consistently expose their (extremely unpretty) shortcomings in public fora?

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    Ken Hairy

    Sunday, February 3, 2013

  • Now Steroo good game well won give us the negatives please .Looking forward to but cannot see any at the moment

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    chantry boy

    Saturday, February 2, 2013

  • Nice to have some quality balls delivered into the box for once, not hitting the first defender or going out for throw ins. Take note Lee Martin.

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    OldBoy

    Sunday, February 3, 2013

  • Excellent win today . Proud of the boys

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    Mikebassett for town

    Saturday, February 2, 2013

  • That was meant to say 2 and a half years, I guess this site doesn't like back slash.

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    Dingus

    Sunday, February 3, 2013

  • Well, I'm here everybody. I moan if we are bad and praise if we are good. MM has done a good job so far. I'm sure he is the first to admit Town are no where near a finished side. Still too many players who are not ours. I thought the performance was very solid all round. One thing we must get is consistency. No good beating Borough and then getting thrashed at Blackburn as several of the teams below us seem to be getting some consistency. Just goes to show though that we should have beaten Barnsley and they then go away and win. There really isn't a great deal between the bottom teams and those chasing the play offs. What you need is a solid defense and regular goal scorers. Something that has been sadly lacking at PR over the last few seasons. But I do see a chink of light. Several young players progressing and a few older heads playing their part. A few additions and with luck we may see a Summer rather than a swallow.

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    whymarkmariner

    Monday, February 4, 2013

  • Great result, surely the owner will realise where we could be with just a little investment in the summer.

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    Cyril Baker

    Saturday, February 2, 2013

  • one game at a time! good win need to see if town where better or brough where poor? this season was to say up with a broken team. well done town. steroo get bk under ur bridge!

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    Peter Bland

    Sunday, February 3, 2013

  • that is a great win. i am loooking forward to the blackpool and watford games.hope they play better than the last time i saw them leicester were so much better. shame the weather is cold it is 68f here.

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    mike benham

    Saturday, February 2, 2013

  • No more to say is there? Brilliant performance, everybody up for it (perhaps Murphy a little off his game ?) . Just been watching all the goals several times, what crackers they all were, especially McGoldricks, he really left his defender for dead. Same again next week-end please.

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    JOHN BURLS

    Sunday, February 3, 2013

  • mike benham, 75 plus here in florida fabulous win and i'm an old friend of dyers father.certain we went to the cup game in 67, v man city together. proud to be a town fan again! (for now)

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    don wilson

    Saturday, February 2, 2013

  • Brilliant result - great start to the day down under. Wonder what negative spin tweedledum & tweedledumber will put on this result. LOL.

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    Richard Gardiner

    Saturday, February 2, 2013

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