TABB RISES HIGH TO PUT MICK’S BOYS IN TOP TWO

Ipswich im­press in Boro vic­tory

The Football League Paper - - CHAMPIONSHIP - By Dave Good­er­ham

MICK McCarthy has told his young guns to sit tight in their per­sonal pur­suit of Premier League foot­ball – after another 90 min­utes which un­der­lined their pro­mo­tion cre­den­tials.

On a day when two Cham­pi­onship form teams went head-to-head, it was Ipswich Town who looked the most likely to be con­test­ing topflight foot­ball next sea­son.

Mid­dles­brough of­fered lit­tle – head coach Ai­tor Karanka la­belling it their worst per­for­mance of the sea­son – while the home side were clin­i­cal in front of goal and rock-solid at the back.

Daryl Murphy’s fine sea­son saw him net a 14th of the cam­paign be­fore 5ft 5in Jay Tabb rose high­est to head home a free-flow­ing move and cross from Teddy Bishop.

In Bishop, McCarthy is nur­tur­ing a teen gem in the mid­dle of the park, the 18year-old cre­at­ing one goal and, at times, look­ing like a cut above the more ex­pe­ri­enced Grant Lead­bit­ter and Adam Clayton.

Re­cent plau­dits might have been di­rected at left-back Ty­rone Mings, miss­ing yes­ter­day with an in­fected toe, but con­stantly linked with a big-money move to the likes of Arse­nal and Chelsea.

But Bishop’s per­for­mance won’t go un­no­ticed for long with McCarthy ad­mit­ting that he ex­pected the academy star­let to be the next one to be at­tract real in­ter­est.

“He [Teddy] should stay here and play foot­ball rather than go to the Premier League and not play,” said McCarthy.

“He is here thriv­ing and earn­ing rave reviews at 18 years of age. If he wants to go and play in the Premier League, lets see if we can get there.We have a chance.”

Ipswich in­deed have a chance of end­ing their long wait for Premier League foot­ball on another day when they bossed pro­ceed­ings, largely from start to fin­ish.

As soon as Ipswich took the lead in the 25th minute, Murphy fir­ing home after David McGoldrick’s shot was saved by the legs of Dimitrios Kon­stan­topou­los, only one win­ner looked likely.

The sec­ond cru­cial goal came with vir­tu­ally the last breath of the first half when McGoldrick, Luke Cham­bers and Bishop showed some free-flow­ing foot­ball down the right, the lat­ter cross­ing for Tabb to head home.

“Put it in the box for the big man,” quipped McCarthy when asked about a rare headed goal from his mid­fielder.

“Tabby is ex­cel­lent in the

air. He could have left in the sum­mer but he said he wanted to stay and his at­ti­tude has been fan­tas­tic. I am de­lighted with him.

“It was a hard game against a very good team with good play­ers, but we had the two bits of real qual­ity with the goals.”

A largely un­event­ful sec­ond half fol­lowed with Boro huff­ing with­out threat­en­ing.

The close calls were at the other end, none more so than when Lead­bit­ter cleared Murphy’s header off the line and Tommy Smith was only de­nied from the re­bound by the foot of the post.

After a dis­play which saw so many of his play­ers un­der­per­form, Boro head coach Karanka re­fused to make any ex­cuses.

He said: “This is the first time I have been angry with my play­ers’ at­ti­tude.

“After last week’s win against Derby County, we thought we were a Cham­pi­ons League team.

“But here it is im­pos­si­ble to take any­thing from the game. Ipswich wanted it more than us.

“Murphy was first to the re­bound for their first goal, Teddy Bishop at 18 years old was the best player on the pitch and Jay Tabb, at 5ft 5ins, scored with his head.

“It was our worst per­for­mance of the sea­son – it is dif­fi­cult to un­der­stand.

“I am em­bar­rassed be­cause the per­for­mance was very, very poor and I am not pleased be­cause when you lose a game you can’t be pleased or happy – but I think we needed a re­sult like this. That's be­cause one week ago we were at the River­side and I think the play­ers were think­ing we are a Premier League team or a Cham­pi­ons League team.

“But now I think this is a good alarm for us to wake up and know where we are and who we are.

“The at­ti­tude was not good and that is some­thing that we have to change for the next game on Fri­day against Not­ting­ham For­est.”

OPENER: Ipswich’s Daryl Murphy cel­e­brates scor­ing the first goal

PIC­TURES: Ac­tion Images

STAND TALL: Jay Tabb scores the sec­ond goal for Ipswich

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