Middlesbrough 1-3 Ipswich

07 August 2010 05:59
Ipswich's season got off to a flying start as three second-half goals earned them a surprise win at Middlesbrough.Striker Scott McDonald tapped in Julio Arca's nodded centre from close range to give Boro a first-half lead. [LNB]But a deflected Tommy Smith snapshot levelled matters after the break, and a minute later Tamas Priskin headed in a Carlos Edwards cross for the lead. [LNB]A sweet strike from substitute Jon Stead then sealed the points against the pre-season title favourites. [LNB]Boro had started the more assuredly, showing the greater composure on the ball early on. [LNB]Ex-Rangers man Kevin Thomson - one of six former Old Firm players in Boro's starting XI - dictated the pace for periods in the centre of the park, while the occasional measured crossfield pass from right-back Justin Hoyte stretched Town on the opposite flank. [LNB]It was the Tractor Boys, though, who created the first clear-cut chance of the match. [LNB]Debutant Mark Kennedy, a summer signing from Cardiff, picked out Grant Leadbitter on the edge of the area but his goalbound shot was neatly saved by the low-diving Boro goalkeeper Danny Coyne.[LNB] Is it too early to be optimistic about promotion? trueblue Moments later, though, Boro's patient probing paid dividends when Barry Robson's cross was met at the far post by the unmarked substitute Arca, who came on after Willo Flood was stretchered off. He nodded across the face of goal to leave former Celtic striker McDonald the simple of task of prodding the ball home from inside the six-yard box. [LNB]Town gradually settled and were unlucky not to equalise when David Norris centred to Priskin whose flicked header came off the bar. [LNB]Ipswich finished the half marginally better than the home side but were restricted to long-range Leadbitter efforts. [LNB]Roy Keane's men, though, crucially found their cutting edge immediately after the restart. [LNB] [LNB][LNB] The busy Norris drew a foul on the edge of the area, and when Leadbitter, who had displaced Thomson as the dominant force in midfield, rolled the free-kick to Edwards, the former Sunderland winger's bullet shot was fisted away by Coyne. [LNB]Hoyte headed the resulting flicked-on corner from Leadbitter off the line but the let-up proved short-lived for Boro. [LNB]Smith was alert to a loose ball on the edge of the area and Coyne was powerless to stop his deflected strike from finding the back of the net. [LNB]A minute later, the visitors were in front when Priskin stooped to meet a pinpoint Edwards cross and nod superbly into the bottom corner. [LNB]McDonald scampered in behind the Town defence but his low drive skimmed past Fulop's far post. [LNB]Arca could have levelled matters soon after but he clumsily fired high and wide from close range after an exquisite Robson through-ball had released the Argentine. [LNB]Stead, on for Priskin, almost made an immediate impact only to see his angled low shot saved by Coyne. [LNB]And in the 77th minute, Ipswich - by now in almost total control of the game - wrapped up the victory when Stead pounced just inside the box to wallop a sure-footed shot home. [LNB][LNB] Live text and stats  [LNB] Saturday, 7 August 2010[LNB] Npower Championship[LNB] Home Team Score Away Team Time Middlesbrough 1-3 Ipswich FT (HT 1-0) McDonald 22 Smith 50 Priskin 51 Stead 77 Middlesbrough 21 Coyne 02 Hoyte (Kink 60) 04 Bates 05 Wheater 06 McManus 08 Thomson 10 Bailey 14 Flood (Arca 11 yellow card) 17 Robson 07 McDonald 09 Boyd Substitutes 30 Steele, 23 Grounds, 20 Arca, 11 Kink, 15 Lita, 16 Miller, 22 Williams Ipswich 21 Fulop 02 Peters 04 McAuley 20 Smith 06 Leadbitter 07 Edwards (Lambe 64) 08 Norris yellow card 19 Hyam 39 Kennedy yellow card (Ainsley 89) 10 Walters 16 Priskin yellow card (Stead 74) Substitutes 01 Murphy, 22 Brown, 29 Ainsley, 24 Healy, 27 Lambe, 34 Hourihane, 14 Stead Ref: BatesAtt: 21,882 MIDDLESBROUGH IPSWICH Possession Middlesbrough 58% Ipswich 42% Attempts on target Middlesbrough 1 Ipswich 10 Attempts off target Middlesbrough 6 Ipswich 4 Corners Middlesbrough 4 Ipswich 4 Fouls Middlesbrough 9 Ipswich 11 Final Result Full Time 90:00+4:26 The referee signals the end of the game. 90:00+3:14 Grant Leadbitter takes a short corner. 90:00+2:54 Unfair challenge on Jonathan Walters by Barry Robson results in a free kick. Grant Leadbitter takes the free kick. 90:00+1:58 The referee blows for offside against Jonathan Stead. Stephen McManus takes the free kick. 90:00+1:18 Kevin Thomson has an effort at goal from deep inside the area missing to the left of the goal. 88:37 Substitution Jack Ainsley on for Mark Kennedy. 87:47 A cross is delivered by Barry Robson, Gareth McAuley manages to make a clearance. 85:36 Scott McDonald delivers the ball, Marton Fulop makes a save. 85:08 Inswinging corner taken by Barry Robson from the right by-line, Marton Fulop makes a save. 83:12 Unfair challenge on Reggie Lambe by Julio Arca results in a free kick. Free kick crossed right-footed by Grant Leadbitter from right wing, Matthew Bates manages to make a clearance. 81:32 The ball is sent over by Tarmo Kink. 81:15 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Stephen McManus by Jonathan Stead. Free kick taken by Kevin Thomson. 80:26 Jonathan Walters takes a shot. Danny Coyne makes a save. 79:36 Tarmo Kink sends in a cross, save made by Marton Fulop. 76:03 The assist for the goal came from Grant Leadbitter. 76:03 GOAL - Jonathan Stead:Middlesbrough 1 - 3 Ipswich A goal is scored by Jonathan Stead from the edge of the penalty area to the top left corner of the goal. Middlesbrough 1-3 Ipswich. 74:39 Tarmo Kink produces a cross. 74:22 David Norris concedes a free kick for a foul on Kevin Thomson. Free kick taken by Matthew Bates. 73:50 Jonathan Stead takes a shot. Save made by Danny Coyne. 73:05 Substitution Jonathan Stead is brought on as a substitute for Tamas Priskin. 72:41 Reggie Lambe has an effort at goal from just inside the box that misses to the left of the target. 70:50 Inswinging corner taken from the right by-line by Barry Robson, Header by David Wheater from deep inside the penalty area misses to the left of the target. 70:29 Unfair challenge on Barry Robson by David Norris results in a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Kevin Thomson. 67:06 The ball is crossed by Julio Arca. 65:38 Matthew Bates challenges Jonathan Walters unfairly and gives away a free kick. Mark Kennedy takes the free kick. 63:01 Substitution (Ipswich) makes a substitution, with Reggie Lambe coming on for Carlos Edwards. 63:01 Grant Leadbitter gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Tarmo Kink. Kevin Thomson takes the direct free kick. 59:04 Substitution Justin Hoyte leaves the field to be replaced by Tarmo Kink. 58:47 Shot from close range by Julio Arca clears the bar. 56:20 Jonathan Walters concedes a free kick for a foul on David Wheater. Justin Hoyte takes the free kick. 55:46 Shot from close in by Scott McDonald misses to the left of the goal. 54:15 Outswinging corner taken left-footed by Barry Robson from the left by-line, Jonathan Walters manages to make a clearance. 53:36 Inswinging corner taken by Barry Robson from the right by-line, clearance made by Tamas Priskin. 52:52 Booking Mark Kennedy is cautioned. 52:49 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Barry Robson by Mark Kennedy. Free kick taken by Barry Robson. Correction - 52:49 Barry Robson fouled by Mark Kennedy, the ref awards a free kick. Barry Robson takes the direct free kick. 50:42 Assist by Carlos Edwards. 50:42 GOAL - Tamas Priskin:Middlesbrough 1 - 2 Ipswich Tamas Priskin scores a headed goal from close in. Middlesbrough 1-2 Ipswich. 49:21 GOAL - Tommy Smith:Middlesbrough 1 - 1 Ipswich Tommy Smith grabs a goal from inside the penalty box to the bottom right corner of the goal. Middlesbrough 1-1 Ipswich. 48:46 Booking The referee cautions Julio Arca for unsporting behaviour. Correction - 48:43 Julio Arca challenges Jaime Peters unfairly and gives away a free kick. Mark Kennedy takes the direct free kick. 48:43 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Jaime Peters by Julio Arca. Mark Kennedy takes the direct free kick. 48:06 Barry Robson crosses the ball. 47:02 Corner taken by Grant Leadbitter from the left by-line, clearance by Matthew Bates. 46:42 Carlos Edwards takes a shot. Save by Danny Coyne. 45:39 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on David Norris by David Wheater. Free kick taken by Grant Leadbitter. 45:01 The game restarts for the second half. Half Time 45:00+4:38 The referee blows for half time. 45:00+4:17 The ball is sent over by Mark Kennedy, Stephen McManus manages to make a clearance. 45:00+1:34 Free kick awarded for a foul by Grant Leadbitter on Barry Robson. Kevin Thomson takes the direct free kick. 45:00+0:48 Danny Coyne takes the direct free kick. 45:00+0:48 Booking Booking for David Norris for unsporting behaviour. 45:00+0:38 David Norris is penalised for handball and concedes a free kick. 44:55 Corner taken by Mark Kennedy from the right by-line, David Wheater manages to make a clearance. 43:49 Shot from long range by Grant Leadbitter misses to the right of the goal. 42:47 Jaime Peters sends in a cross, clearance made by Justin Hoyte. 41:40 Justin Hoyte is adjudged to have handled the ball. Grant Leadbitter restarts play with the free kick. 40:34 Scott McDonald produces a right-footed shot from outside the penalty box and misses right. 37:37 Unfair challenge on David Norris by Nicky Bailey results in a free kick. Mark Kennedy has an effort direct from the free kick. 37:24 The ball is sent over by Carlos Edwards, clearance made by David Wheater. 36:12 Danny Coyne restarts play with the free kick. 36:12 Booking Tamas Priskin receives a yellow card. 35:36 Free kick awarded for a foul by Tamas Priskin on Justin Hoyte. 34:19 Unfair challenge on Luke Hyam by Barry Robson results in a free kick. Free kick taken by Mark Kennedy. 33:48 Effort from deep inside the area by Kris Boyd clears the bar. 32:39 Shot from long range by Grant Leadbitter goes wide of the left-hand upright. 30:56 The ball is swung over by Luke Hyam. 30:31 Tamas Priskin takes a shot. 30:05 The assistant referee signals for offside against Scott McDonald. Indirect free kick taken by Marton Fulop. 28:43 Corner taken left-footed by Mark Kennedy, clearance by Nicky Bailey. 28:02 The offside flag is raised against Scott McDonald. Marton Fulop restarts play with the free kick. 26:50 The ball is crossed by Barry Robson. 24:28 Grant Leadbitter takes a shot. Save made by Danny Coyne. 21:59 Julio Arca provided the assist for the goal. 21:59 GOAL - Scott McDonald:Middlesbrough 1 - 0 Ipswich Scott McDonald finds the net with a headed goal from close in. Middlesbrough 1-0 Ipswich. 21:14 Barry Robson crosses the ball. 20:47 Mark Kennedy gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Barry Robson. Kevin Thomson takes the direct free kick. 20:28 Grant Leadbitter takes a shot. Save by Danny Coyne. 19:07 Grant Leadbitter produces a cross, save by Danny Coyne. 15:56 The official flags Scott McDonald offside. Marton Fulop restarts play with the free kick. 14:37 Unfair challenge on Barry Robson by David Norris results in a free kick. Free kick taken by Stephen McManus. 13:16 Carlos Edwards concedes a free kick for a foul on Matthew Bates. Danny Coyne takes the direct free kick. 11:45 Jonathan Walters takes a shot. Save by Danny Coyne. 10:22 Substitution Julio Arca is brought on as a substitute for Willo Flood. 8:01 A cross is delivered by Scott McDonald. 5:20 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on David Norris by Willo Flood. Direct free kick taken by Marton Fulop. 3:21 Tamas Priskin fouled by David Wheater, the ref awards a free kick. David Norris crosses the ball from the free kick right-footed from left wing, clearance by Stephen McManus. 2:32 The ball is crossed by Carlos Edwards. 0:00 The referee starts the match. Live text and data provided by The Press Association.[LNB]

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