Middlesbrough moved back up to joint first in the Championship table alongside Leeds United, after beating Ipswich Town 2-0 at Portman Road on Tuesday evening.
Goals from Muhamed Besic and Stewart Downing were enough to give the away side all three points, and see Middlesbrough bounce back after last weeks’ disappointing draw at Hull.
It was Ipswich who started the game brighter, getting into Middlesbrough’s faces and pressing high up the pitch, but on eleven minutes, the tractor boys’ early pressing was punished. A few passes between Boro midfielders opened up space for Muhamed Besic to drive at the Town defence.
Besic was allowed room to run towards the opposition goal and hit a shot which deflected back into his path, leaving him one on one with goalkeeper Dean Gerken. The Bosnian made no mistake as he placed a left footed shot into the bottom corner.
Middlesbrough’s lead was doubled just four minutes later, as centre-back Luke Chambers misplaced a pass to veteran winger Stewart Downing. The 34-year old cut in from the right onto his favoured left foot and struck the ball into the Ipswich net to make the score 2-0.
Tony Pulis’ side didn’t sit back either and went for more goals in the first half. George Friend’s low drive saw Gerken make a good save down to his right, and Jonny Howson shot just over the bar from 20-yards.
Ipswich came into the game more in the second half, and had a couple of chances to halve the deficit, with chances falling to Jon Nolan and Freddie Sears. Middlesbrough also could have extended their lead with Britt Assombalonga and Jordan Hugill going close.