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Two changes for Ipswich Town against Middlesbrough

PUBLISHED: 14:23 02 February 2013 | UPDATED: 14:25 02 February 2013

Aaron Mclean

Aaron Mclean

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Ipswich v Middlesbrough: New loan signing Richard Stearman and striker Aaron Mclean come into the side as Ipswich Town search for their first Championship win of the year, at home to Middlesborough.

Under the guidance of Terry Connor today, with manager, Mick McCarthy ill, Stearman replaces the departed Bradley Orr while Mclean replaces the injured Lee Martin (hamstring), with Daryl Murphy moving back into midfield, on the left.

Fellow new signings Stephen Henderson and Anthony Wordsworth have to be content for places on the bench against the Teesiders, who have also yet to win in the league in 2013.

As for Boro, former Ipswich midfielder Kieron Dyer starts for his new club and lines up alongside another former Blues star, Grant Leadbitter.

Ipswich: Loach, Stearman, Chambers, Smith, Cresswell, Edwards, Hyam, N’Daw, Murphy, McGoldrick, Mclean. Subs: Henderson, Hewitt, Kisnorbo, Drury, Chopra, Nouble, Wordsworth

Middlesbrough: Steele, Bikey, Friend, Leadbitter, Emnes, Ledesma, Dyer, Williams, Jutkiewicz, Haroun, Woodgate. Subs: Ripley, Bailey, Hines, McEachran, Carayol, Parnaby, Reach.

Ipswich Town boss Mick McCarthy believes Blues skipper Luke Chambers is management material and has joked he might end up being the defender’s assistant one day.

Ipswich Town striker David McGoldrick feels he’s back ‘on song’ and is targeting his best ever goals haul this season.

Ipswich Town supporter Mike Dove has written an open letter to fellow Blues fans on Twitter after last weekend’s 2-0 home win over Bolton was played in front of the lowest league crowd at Portman Road in 19 years. Here it is, plus some reaction.

Ipswich Town take on Leeds United, at Elland Road, in a top-six Championship match tomorrow afternoon (3pm). STUART WATSON previews the match.

David McGoldrick believes Ipswich Town have what it takes to stay in the Championship top six spots.

Ipswich Town manager Mick McCarthy says he will always be football’s ultimate pragmatist.

Ipswich Town take on Championship table-toppers Leeds United, at Elland Road, on Saturday.

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Norwich City 0

Ipswich Town 5

Ipswich Town Ladies claimed the first bragging rights of the season with a resounding 5-0 victory over local rivals Norwich City at Norwich United’s Plantation Park last night, writes Kieren Standley

Ipswich Town skipper Luke Chambers says no-one at Portman Road is getting carried away by the start to the season the Blues have made – but they are ‘enjoying the ride’.

Ipswich Town sit fifth in the Championship table, with five wins from their first seven games – so why are some fans still so negative?

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