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Riverside Stadium (ATT 13,965) 8th March 2014 - Kick off 15:00

M'boro Middlesbrough vs Ipswich Town Ipswich

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Sky Bet Championship: Danny Graham scores as Middlesbrough beat Ipswich 2-0

Last Updated: 08/03/14 5:53pm

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Danny Graham: Ended his own goal drought in Middlesbrough's win

Danny Graham: Ended his own goal drought in Middlesbrough's win

Danny Graham scored twice as Middlesbrough finally ended their long goal drought with a welcome 2-0 win over Ipswich in the Sky Bet Championship on Saturday.

The on-loan Sunderland striker stabbed Boro ahead just before the half-hour mark - his team's first goal in eight games, totalling 12 hours 14 minutes - and then headed home a second just before the interval.

Boro had a good early chance as Emmanuel Ledesma played a one-two with Graham on the edge of the box before firing a low shot just wide.

Then, on 12 minutes, when a Ledesma free-kick was nodded down by Ben Gibson, George Friend fired over the bar.

Soon after, Mustapha Carayol sent Friend overlapping down the left to cut inside and get into the box but once again he scooped high over the bar.

Ipswich went close on 28 minutes as a Daryl Murphy shot hit defender Kenneth Omeruo and fell at the feet of Paul Taylor 12 yards out but he also lashed over.

Boro finally ended their long wait for a goal in the 29th minute.

Carayol cut in from the left to fire a stinging shot in and, when goalkeeper Dean Gerken spilled it, the ball feel nicely for Graham to ram home from close range.

And the Teessiders got a second in first-half stoppage time as former Ipswich man Grant Leadbitter whipped in a corner and Graham glanced in a header.

After a slow start to the second period, the visitors threatened just before the hour, Paul Taylor sending an effort bouncing wide through a crowd of players following a free-kick.

And soon after, Paul Green carried the ball forward unchallenged only to put a speculative shot from distance well wide.

Ipswich had a clear sight of goal on 66 minutes as Green crossed to the edge of the box for Murphy to turn quickly, but his shot was weak and straight at Boro goalkeeper Dimitrios Konstantopoulos.

Boro stepped up a gear and went close on 76 minutes as Lee Tomlin sent a 20-yard effort just over.

Then on 79 minutes, Kei Kamara streaked down the right and cut inside to drill in a 20-yard attempt which came back off the shins of a defender.

The home team almost snatched a third in stoppage time as Kamara broke down the right and crossed to the far post, where substitute Curtis Main had arrived unmarked, but he could only find the side-netting from close range.

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Sky Bet Championship

Sky Bet Championship
Pos Team P Pts
1 Bournemouth 43 83
2 Norwich City 43 82
3 Watford 43 82
4 Middlesbrough 43 81
5 Derby County 43 75
6 Ipswich Town 43 74
7 Brentford 43 71
8 Wolverhampton Wanderers 43 71
9 Blackburn Rovers 42 59
10 Nottingham Forest 43 58
11 Sheffield Wednesday 43 58
12 Charlton Athletic 43 57
13 Cardiff City 43 55
14 Birmingham City 42 54
15 Leeds United 43 52
16 Huddersfield Town 43 52
17 Bolton Wanderers 43 50
18 Reading 42 47
19 Brighton and Hove Albion 43 46
20 Fulham 43 46
21 Rotherham United 43 44
22 Millwall 42 39
23 Wigan Athletic 43 36
24 Blackpool 43 25

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