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Festive generosity continues on the pitch; LAST TIME THERE.

IPSWICH TOWN 2 BORO 0 DEC 20, 2014 SKY BET CHAMPIONSHIP BORO players had spent much of the past few days dishing out Christmas gifts to worthy causes - and continued in the same generous vein at Ipswich.

After a scrappy start by both sides in the top of the table clash, Ipswich stepped up a gear while Boro spluttered.

The Tractor Boys seized control with two well-worked first half goals, but while both were engineered by superb passing, they were equally the result of woeful defending.

Ipswich cut Boro open down the left for Championship top scorer Daryl Murphy to fire the first home from a rebound, after a good save by stopper Dimi Konstantopoulos.

Then Jay Tabb sealed it as he climbed above two defenders to head home after a crisp passing move carved Boro open on the other flank.

Aitor Karanka's side did step up a gear after the break - but it was too little too late at Portman Road.

Patrick Bamford, Kike and Lee Tomlin were all guilty of missing second half chances to get Boro back into the game, but it was an afternoon to forget in Suffolk.

The result saw Boro drop to fourth in the table, with Mick McCarthy's Ipswich rising up to second - one point adrift of leaders Bournemouth. BORO: Konstantopoulos, Nsue, Ayala, Omeruo (Veljkovic 61), Friend, Reach, Clayton, Leadbitter (c), Adomah (Tomlin 46), Vossen (Kike 61), Bamford. Subs not used: Mejias, Gibson, Whitehead, Wildschut

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George Friend defends an Ipswich attack at Portman Road last December |

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Title Annotation:Sport
Publication:Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)
Date:Dec 4, 2015
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