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Two changes for Ipswich Town against Middlesbrough

14:23 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.

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