TRAC­TOR BOYS

Karanka’s side see off pro­mo­tion ri­vals in style

The Football League Paper - - CHAMPIONSHIP -

“I’ll take re­spon­si­bil­ity af­ter 3-1. I threw strik­ers on, and we were all over the place and a bit of a sham­bles at the end. We’re or­gan­ised at cor­ners nor­mally and shouldn’t con­cede.

“It’s not like us, de­fend­ing has been one of our strengths this sea­son.We know how to de­fend and we didn’t de­fend. Hav­ing got back into it I thought we were the bet­ter side in the first half, and I don’t watch with rose-tinted spec­ta­cles.”

Ip­swich’s prob­lems were not helped when goal­keeper Dean Gerken had to go to hos­pi­tal with con­cus­sion af­ter he clat­tered in to Christophe Berra and Ge­orge Friend as Ayala headed Mid­dles­brough in front in the fourth minute.

Ip­swich pulled level when goal­keeper Dimi Kon­stan­topou­los made a mess of Jonathan Parr’s 11th-minute drive from dis­tance. Mur­phy re­acted first and turned in the re­bound.

The first half was a nervy af­fair, but Mid­dles­brough – who should have had a penalty be­fore the break when Bamford was fouled by Berra – edged ahead when Adomah pow­ered in a low drive from just in­side the area on half an hour fol­low­ing a well-worked cor­ner.

The cru­cial third ar­rived in the 64th minute. Jelle Vossen, pre­ferred in attack to Lee Tom­lin and Kike, flicked a lovely pass be­yond the de­fence for Bamford to run on to.

The Chelsea young­ster had all the time to round goal­keeper Bar­tosz Bialkowski and tap in to an empty net to give Mid­dles­brough the breath­ing space re­quired for the fi­nal stages.

With Ip­swich push­ing on with 11 min­utes re­main­ing, Bamford was put through again. This time he de­cided to shoot early and his ef­fort found the bot­tom-left cor­ner of the Ip­swich net.

AL-BEAUTY! Al­bert Adomah af­ter netting his side’s sec­ond goal

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