Mowbray remains in positive mood after Boro miss chance
MIDDLESBROUGH manager Tony Mowbray expressed his frustration after his side passed up the chance to go top but was determined to take the positives from the draw against Ipswich.
The Tractor Boys had the best of the first-half chances at the Riverside but the hosts created more in the second half of an open game.
Mowbray insisted he was pleased his team had maintained their unbeaten start to the season.
“Yes, maybe we were left frustrated,” he said. “But they will be frustrated, too.
“Both teams set up to attack and create opportunities to attack the opposition and it was a good game against a good team.
“Ipswich are a good side who have spent a bit of money and made some good signings and they’ll do well this year.
“So we will take the positives out of it. On another day we may have been talking about losing it 1-0 but we got a draw. We are still unbeaten this season. We will take the point, put it in the bag and move on.”
Boro have a 100 per cent record in their away games but have drawn three out of four at the Riverside.
“Yes, maybe we have drawn a few more than we’d have liked,” said Mowbray. “But if you were to reverse our home and away results then people would be talking about it being a decent start to the season. And it is. These things will even themselves out.”
Ipswich chief Paul Jewell was equally happy to take a point – although he felt his side edged the chances. “I thought we had the better of the opportunities in the first half. In fact two of them – Ibrahima Sonko’s header and Michael Chopra’s volley – were gilt-edged. We knew they would come at us more in the second half and they did and they created a few chances too and so did we.” Middlesbrough: Ikeme, McMahon, Bates, Rhys Williams, Hoyte (Thomson 82), Robson (Nimely 82), Haroun, Bailey, Bennett, McDonald, Emnes. Unused substitutes: Zemmama, McManus, Arca. Ipswich Town: Stockdale, Edwards, Collins, Sonko, Cresswell, Bullard, Andrews, Bowyer, Leadbitter, Scotland (Murphy 85), Chopra. Unused substitutes: Lee-Barrett, Delaney, Emmanuel-Thomas, Ainsley. Referee: S Mathieson (Cheshire). Man of the match: Jason Scotland.