Ip­swich will test squad’s re­solve

Sunday Sun - - Football -

PORT­MAN Road hasn’t tra­di­tion­ally been the most suc­cess­ful of away grounds as far as Boro are con­cerned.

But when­ever they do win at Ip­swich, it’s usu­ally a sign of a pro­duc­tive sea­son.

In fact Boro’s last win at the East Anglian sta­dium came in 2015 when Ai­tor Karanka’s side ended up win­ning pro­mo­tion to the Premier League.

The Teessiders tri­umphed by 2-0 on that oc­ca­sion thanks to goals from Cristhian Stu­ani and David Nu­gent.

The win­ning Boro line-up con­tained the likes of Dimi Kon­stan­topou­los, Daniel Ayala, Ge­orge Friend, Adam Clay­ton, Ste­wart Down­ing and Grant Lead­bit­ter, all of whom are still with the club.

It was the club’s first win at Port­man Road for 22 years, which in­di­cates the de­gree of dif­fi­culty in the fix­ture.

At the same time Boro need to take full ad­van­tage of the Trac­tor Boys’ slow start to the sea­son when they travel to Port­man Road on Tues­day night.

New Ip­swich man­ager Paul Hurst in­her­ited a side which was start­ing to slip slightly un­der for­mer boss Mick Mc­Carthy.

The for­mer Sun­der­land boss never had a great deal of money to spend but gen­er­ally used his cash wisely to main­tain a work­man­like side which kept its head above wa­ter.

How­ever Hurst lost some key play­ers upon his ar­rival be­cause Ip­swich were forced to sell sev­eral star men dur­ing the sum­mer.

One of them, de­fender Adam Web­ster, went to Bris­tol City for £3.5m in as a re­place­ment for Aden Flint, who joined Boro.

Mar­tyn Waghorn, who had been a sum­mer tar­get for Tony Pulis, was sold to Derby and Joe Garner went to Wi­gan.

Hurst signed seven play­ers in the sum­mer, all of them from lower league foot­ball, in­clud­ing two from Ac­cring­ton and two from Shrews­bury.

As a re­sult the new-look team is not yet in gear de­spite the fact that Hurst claims that the mood in the dress­ing room is bub­bly.

No games in the Cham­pi­onship should ever be con­sid­ered easy meat, but Boro should go to Port­man Road be­liev­ing they are good enough to take all three points again.

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