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  • Date: Sat 06 February 2010
  • Venue: Portman Road
  • Ref: Hill, K
  • Attendance: 21,243

Ipswich Town vs Middlesbrough

Team Lineups

Ipswich Town

Arran Lee-Barrett
David Wright (Owen Garvan, 79)
Damien Delaney
Gareth McAuley
Liam Rosenior
Grant Leadbitter
David Norris
Jack Colback
Jon Walters
David Healy (Pablo Counago, 62)
Daryl Murphy (Jon Stead, 85)

Middlesbrough

Danny Coyne
Justin Hoyte
Andrew Taylor (Jonathan Franks, 51)
Stephen McManus
Jonathan Grounds
David Wheater
Kyle Naughton
Willo Flood
Gary O'Neil
Chris Killen (Leroy Lita, 81)
Lee Miller

Match Report
David Wheater's second-half equaliser earned Middlesbrough a 1-1 draw at Ipswich Town but this result does little for either side's prospects over the latter part of the season. Ipswich, who continue to be dogged by relegation concerns, led after just 22 seconds through loanee debutant Daryl Murphy, but continue to struggle for goals and Boro punished them although they have managed only three League wins under Gordon Strachan. Both of Ipswich's new loanee strikers were involved in the opening goal as David Healy claimed the ball on the right wing from returning skipper Jon Walters and his deflected cross was touched past Danny Coyne by Murphy who had got there just before Wheater. Middlesbrough were powder puff in the first half, despite fielding new signing Lee Miller, although Town themselves had few clear-cut chances even with the majority of the possession. Coyne saved a 25-yarder from Walters before the visitors finally showed a bit of attacking intent when skipper Gary O'Neil strode forward to the edge of the box, but his shot was blocked by Damien Delaney. Murphy had a chance for a second after pulling down a David Norris pass but his miscued volley was easily held by Coyne. Boro finally forced Arran Lee-Barrett into a save on the half-hour, but it was an easy one from a tamely struck 30-yarder by Miller, and the keeper then fielded an overhead kick from Chris Killen after a Willo Flood cross. Wheater almost turned another deflected Healy cross into his own net before Town had a great chance of a second just before the break when Gareth McAuley firmly met Grant Leadbitter's corner but his goalbound effort deflected wide off Healy. Miller's shot on the turn drifted onto the roof of the net after the interval for the visitors, before Coyne had to palm away a hooked effort from Murphy following Liam Rosenior's long throw. Coyne handled a long-range shot by Rosenior well from a half-cleared Norris corner before Lee-Barrett did well to scramble a Killen shot around the post after Justin Hoyte had headed the ball into the middle. From the corner, Middlesbrough found their equaliser when Wheater steamed in to meet O'Neil's delivery from six yards, giving Lee-Barrett no chance. Lee-Barrett got down smartly to block Hoyte's drive after he had been fed by Killen and then Delaney had to clear off the line when Killen's header from Hoyte's cross beat a wrong-footed Lee-Barrett. Leadbitter's fierce drive was blocked amidst Town appeals for a penalty which ref Keith Hill waved away before Boro debutant Stephen McManus completely missed his kick when he had a chance from an O'Neil corner. Both sides made changes as they tried to find a winning goal, and one of the replacements came closest to doing so with Middlesbrough winger Jonathan Franks' cross squirming through the legs of Lee-Barrett, but he responded quickly to grab it just in front of the line.
Live Text Commentary
Full time
 

That's it, it's all over, the referee has blown the final whistle.

85
Substitution
 

Daryl Murphy is being taken off, Jon Stead has come on in his place.

81
Substitution
 

Chris Killen is replaced by Leroy Lita.

79
Substitution
 

David Wright is replaced by Owen Garvan.

67
Yellow Card
 

The referee has booked David Norris.

63
Yellow Card
 

Gary O'Neil goes into the referee's book for unsporting behaviour.

62
Substitution
 

David Healy is replaced by Pablo Counago.

62
Goal
 

Goal!! Middlesbrough have scored with David Wheater putting it in the back of the net.

51
Substitution
 

Middlesbrough are replacing Andrew Taylor with Jonathan Franks.

Second half
 

The second half is under way with the score currently at 1 v 0.

Half time
 

Half time whistle is blown by K Hill

1
Goal
 

Goal!! Ipswich have scored with Daryl Murphy putting it in the back of the net.

Kickoff
 

The ref has blown his whistle and the match has started.

Awaiting Kickoff
 

Ipswich face Middlesbrough at 3pm on Saturday, February 6th.