BAMFORD READY TO TAKE CEN­TRE STAGE

The Football League Paper - - CHAMPIONSHIP -

THIS was just what Boro needed at the start of a huge week, but the same can­not be said for Ip­swich.

While Ip­swich’s chances of fin­ish­ing in a play-off spot took a real hit at the River­side, Boro fi­nally re­dis­cov­ered some of their early sea­son form to give their ti­tle hopes a boost at just the right time.

Mid­dles­brough are at Derby County on Tues­day and then Bournemouth on Satur­day, so head­ing to those places with a com­fort­able home win in the bag was ex­actly what the doc­tor or­dered.

Ai­tor Karanka’s team had been crit­i­cised by fans for a lack of goals, but his de­ci­sion to play Pa­trick Bamford up front against Ip­swich was vin­di­cated.

If Bamford can now go on a goalscor­ing run in the fi­nal nine matches, he could be ex­actly what Boro need to get in the top two and stay there.

Boro might have tried to sign Jor­dan Rhodes from Black­burn, but Bamford has 15 goals to his name and most have ar­rived from play­ing out wide. If he can build on that tally play­ing through the mid­dle, they may just go up.

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