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Riverside Stadium (ATT 21,882) 7th August 2010 - Kick off 15:00 Ref: T Bates

M'boro Middlesbrough vs Ipswich Town Ipswich

M'boro 1

S McDonald (22)

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Ipswich 3

T Smith (50)
T Priskin (51)
J Stead (77)

Ipswich burst Boro's bubble

Tractor Boys trample over Middlesbrough at the Riverside

Last Updated: 07/08/10 7:59pm

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Ipswich celebrate at the Riverside

Ipswich celebrate at the Riverside

Title favourites Middlesbrough were brought back down to earth with a 3-1 home defeat to Ipswich on the opening weekend of the Championship season.

After a flurry of transfer activity over the summer, Gordon Strachan's new-look outfit have been tipped to take the second tier of English football by storm this campaign.

However it was Ipswich who grabbed all the headlines with an impressive and hugely-deserved comeback victory at the Riverside.

Scott McDonald prodded Boro ahead in the first half, however second half dominance and goals from Tommy Smith, Tamas Priskin and substitute Jonathan Stead saw the Tractor Boys drive home with the points.

Action

Three debutants in both line-ups were evidence of summers of rebuilding but it was a January arrival from north of the border who netted the opener, despite a solid first 20 minutes for the visitors.

Julio Arca - on as an 11th-minute substitute following an injury to Willo Flood - got the better of Mark Kennedy down the left before crossing for former Celtic striker McDonald, who was left in space just yards from goal and converted the simple tap-in.

The early goal spurred Strachan's men on for more, but it was the visitors who came closest to finding the net in the remaining action of the first half.

On the half-hour mark, Ipswich almost equalised as Priskin beat team-mate Carlos Edwards to head a David Norris cross against the crossbar from close range.

Aside from a weak Kennedy free-kick, that was the last action of the first half.

Immediately after the break, Ipswich were almost handed a penalty as David Wheater brought down Norris, but referee Tony Bates adjudged the contact to have taken place inches outside the 18-yard box.

From the resulting set-piece, Edwards blasted an effort at goal which took a deflection on its way out for a goal kick.

Threat

That was where the host's luck ran out, though, as just minutes later Roy Keane's side secured the equaliser as Boro failed to clear their lines.

Smith lashed one of several clearances back at goal to eventually find the net, this time with the deflection going in Ipswich's favour.

That was on 50 minutes, and less than 60 seconds later the visitors were in the lead as under-fire Priskin opened his account for the campaign.

The 24-year-old was criticised for his contribution last season but made a better start to this campaign, latching on to an Edwards cross and heading home into the bottom corner.

Middlesbrough pushed for an equaliser but never really threatened and Stead - on as a 74th-minute substitute for Priskin - made the result safe with just over 10 minutes remaining, hitting a right-footed shot past Danny Coyne from just inside the area.

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Sky Bet Championship
Pos Team P Pts
1 Bournemouth 27 51
2 Derby County 27 51
3 Middlesbrough 27 50
4 Ipswich Town 27 50
5 Brentford 27 49
6 Watford 27 47
7 Wolverhampton Wanderers 27 44
8 Norwich City 27 43
9 Sheffield Wednesday 27 38
10 Blackburn Rovers 27 36
11 Birmingham City 27 36
12 Nottingham Forest 27 34
13 Cardiff City 27 34
14 Fulham 27 34
15 Huddersfield Town 27 34
16 Bolton Wanderers 27 33
17 Charlton Athletic 27 32
18 Reading 27 31
19 Brighton and Hove Albion 27 29
20 Leeds United 27 29
21 Rotherham United 27 29
22 Millwall 27 24
23 Wigan Athletic 27 21
24 Blackpool 27 17

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