Middlesbrough maintained their 100% start at the Riverside with a hard-fought win over struggling Ipswich.

Luke Williams scored Boro's first when he fired in from the edge of the penalty area.

Mustapha Carayol sealed the victory for the Teessiders with a 12-yard effort in stoppage time.

The visitors went close through Tommy Smith, who forced a save from Jason Steele, and Paul Taylor, who fired wide from distance.

Steele also prevented Michael Chopra from getting on the scoresheet, palming away the former Cardiff forward's 12-yard strike.

Tony Mowbray's Middlesbrough had other opportunites, with Aaron Cresswell clearing a header from Ishmael Miller, who also had a close-range shot beaten away by keeper Scott Loach.

George Friend's 20-yard shot was cleared by Luke Chambers, while substitute Lukas Jutkiewicz flashed a left-footed shot wide.

The win leaves Middlesbrough seventh, and just two points off leaders Blackburn, while Ipswich sit in the bottom three on goal difference.

Lineup, Bookings (1) & Substitutions (6)

Middlesbrough

  • 01 Steele
  • 02 Hoyte
  • 03 Amougou
  • 04 Friend
  • 25 Reach
  • 39 Woodgate
  • 07 Leadbitter
  • 08 Thomson (Zemmama - 85' )
  • 16 McEachran
  • 22 Williams (Carayol - 70' )
  • 30 Miller Booked (Jutkiew'z - 57' )

Substitutes

  • 32 Leutwiler
  • 15 Hines
  • 05 Zemmama
  • 20 Arca
  • 11 Ledesma
  • 17 Jutkiew'z
  • 19 Carayol

Ipswich

  • 01 Loach
  • 03 Cresswell
  • 04 Chambers
  • 20 Smith
  • 07 Edwards
  • 08 N'daw
  • 11 Martin
  • 17 Drury (Luongo - 72' )
  • 10 Chopra (E'-Thomas - 85' )
  • 26 Taylor
  • 27 Murphy (Scotland - 79' )

Substitutes

  • 12 Lee-Barrett
  • 29 Ainsley
  • 09 E'-Thomas
  • 15 Luongo
  • 19 Hyam
  • 14 Scotland
  • 28 Murray
Ref: Phil Gibbs
Att: 14,887

Match Stats

Shots

12 16

On target

5 6

Corners

2 10

Fouls

13 6

Live Text Commentary

95:01 Full time

Full Time The final whistle goes and the game is over.

90:00 +4:31

Effort from outside the penalty box by Paul Taylor goes wide left of the target.

90:00 +2:13

Assist by Jason Steele.

90:00 +2:13 Goal scored

Goal! - Mustapha Carayol - Middlesbro 2 - 0 Ipswich A goal is scored by Mustapha Carayol from inside the area low into the middle of the goal. Middlesbrough 2-0 Ipswich.

90:00 +1:19

Josh McEachran concedes a free kick for a foul on Paul Taylor. Carlos Edwards takes the free kick.

90:00 +0:46

The ball is delivered by Aaron Cresswell, clearance made by Josh McEachran.

89:58

The assistant referee signals for offside against Lukas Jutkiewicz. Scott Loach takes the indirect free kick.

89:01

Adam Reach challenges Carlos Edwards unfairly and gives away a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Luke Chambers.

86:39

Corner taken by Lee Martin played to the near post, Justin Hoyte manages to make a clearance.

85:50

Aaron Cresswell sends in a cross, Merouane Zemmama makes a clearance.

84:30 Substitution

Substitution Merouane Zemmama comes on in place of Kevin Thomson.

83:25 Substitution

Substitution (Ipswich) makes a substitution, with Jay Emmanuel-Thomas coming on for Michael Chopra.

83:25

Paul Taylor takes a shot. Grant Leadbitter gets a block in. Corner taken right-footed by Lee Martin, Effort from the edge of the box by Guirane N'Daw goes wide of the right-hand upright.

81:12

Paul Taylor has shot on goal from just outside the area which goes wide of the right-hand upright.

80:47

The ball is delivered by Carlos Edwards, clearance made by Jonathan Woodgate. Short corner taken by Lee Martin from the right by-line.

78:43 Substitution

Substitution Jason Scotland on for Daryl Murphy.

77:49

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Lukas Jutkiewicz by Guirane N'Daw. Grant Leadbitter takes the free kick.

77:11

The assistant referee flags for offside against Michael Chopra. Jason Steele takes the indirect free kick.

75:36

Foul by Grant Leadbitter on Massimo Luongo, free kick awarded. Lee Martin restarts play with the free kick.

74:08

Paul Taylor has an effort at goal from outside the penalty box missing to the wide right of the target.

73:09

Lee Martin takes a outswinging corner from the right by-line to the near post, Justin Hoyte makes a clearance.

71:25 Substitution

Substitution Andy Drury leaves the field to be replaced by Massimo Luongo.

70:31

The offside flag is raised against Michael Chopra. Jason Steele restarts play with the free kick.

69:11 Substitution

Substitution Luke Williams goes off and Mustapha Carayol comes on.

69:11

Luke Williams has an effort at goal from just outside the box which goes wide of the right-hand upright.

67:27

Outswinging corner taken by Andy Drury from the right by-line, clearance by George Friend.

67:10

Michael Chopra takes a shot. Save by Jason Steele.

66:49

Kevin Thomson concedes a free kick for a foul on Paul Taylor. Guirane N'Daw takes the free kick.

63:59

Foul by Josh McEachran on Andy Drury, free kick awarded. Carlos Edwards takes the free kick.

63:16

The ball is delivered by Carlos Edwards, Header by Daryl Murphy from deep inside the penalty area misses to the left of the goal.

62:34

Shot by Grant Leadbitter missed to the left of goal.

61:03

The official flags Michael Chopra offside. Jason Steele restarts play with the free kick.

60:06

Shot by Lukas Jutkiewicz from deep inside the penalty area misses to the left of the target.

58:13

Lukas Jutkiewicz concedes a free kick for a foul on Luke Chambers. Scott Loach takes the free kick.

57:48

Unfair challenge on Andre Amougou by Paul Taylor results in a free kick. Free kick taken by Jason Steele.

57:09

The ball is sent over by Adam Reach, Headed effort from deep inside the penalty area by Lukas Jutkiewicz misses to the right of the target.

56:17 Substitution

Substitution Lukas Jutkiewicz on for Ishmael Miller.

51:52

Unfair challenge on Guirane N'Daw by Grant Leadbitter results in a free kick. Free kick taken by Luke Chambers.

48:35

Aaron Cresswell produces a cross, save by Jason Steele.

47:59

Aaron Cresswell sends in a cross, Jason Steele makes a save.

46:07

Ishmael Miller takes a shot. Scott Loach makes a save.

45:17

Adam Reach takes a shot. Save by Scott Loach.

45:01

The match restarts for the second half.

45:00 +2:12 Half time

Half Time The ref blows to end the first period.

45:00 +1:46

Luke Williams is penalised for handball and concedes a free kick. Scott Loach restarts play with the free kick.

40:24

Direct free kick taken by Scott Loach.

40:24 Booking

Booking Ishmael Miller goes into the referee's book.

40:18

Ishmael Miller concedes a free kick for a foul on Aaron Cresswell.

39:06

Paul Taylor produces a right-footed shot from the edge of the area and misses to the left of the goal.

38:13

George Friend takes a shot. Luke Chambers manages to make a clearance.

35:27

The ball is swung over by Josh McEachran.

33:40 Goal scored

Goal! - Luke Williams - Middlesbro 1 - 0 Ipswich Luke Williams fires in a goal from the edge of the penalty area to the bottom left corner of the goal. Middlesbrough 1-0 Ipswich.

32:09

Foul by Daryl Murphy on Justin Hoyte, free kick awarded. Jason Steele takes the direct free kick.

31:01

The offside flag is raised against Ishmael Miller. Free kick taken by Scott Loach.

29:49

Justin Hoyte challenges Daryl Murphy unfairly and gives away a free kick. Aaron Cresswell takes the direct free kick.

29:08

Jonathan Woodgate concedes a free kick for a foul on Tommy Smith. Free kick taken by Scott Loach.

28:08

Free kick awarded for a foul by Andy Drury on Grant Leadbitter. Direct free kick taken by Grant Leadbitter.

26:47

Paul Taylor delivers the ball, Jason Steele makes a save. Corner taken by Andy Drury from the left by-line played to the near post, Tommy Smith takes a shot. Save by Jason Steele.

26:27

The ball is swung over by Aaron Cresswell, Grant Leadbitter makes a clearance.

25:52

Michael Chopra takes a shot. Blocked by Andre Amougou.

25:12

George Friend is penalised for handball and concedes a free kick. Scott Loach takes the free kick.

24:06

Free kick awarded for a foul by Kevin Thomson on Paul Taylor. Aaron Cresswell takes the direct free kick.

20:57

Luke Williams produces a right-footed shot from just outside the penalty box that goes wide left of the target.

19:48

Corner from left by-line taken by Andy Drury.

19:14

Free kick awarded for a foul by Kevin Thomson on Paul Taylor. Tommy Smith takes the free kick.

18:34

Aaron Cresswell has shot on goal from just outside the penalty box which goes wide of the right-hand upright.

17:29

Effort on goal by Paul Taylor from just inside the area clears the crossbar.

17:03

Outswinging corner taken right-footed by Andy Drury from the right by-line to the near post, clearance by Jonathan Woodgate.

13:02

Corner taken by Andy Drury, Tommy Smith takes a shot. Jason Steele makes a save.

12:44

Andy Drury takes a shot. Save made by Jason Steele.

10:01

Effort from the edge of the area by Paul Taylor goes wide of the right-hand post.

8:48

Ishmael Miller takes a shot. Save by Scott Loach.

7:08

Free kick awarded for a foul by Josh McEachran on Paul Taylor. Direct free kick taken by Paul Taylor.

5:40

Free kick awarded for a foul by Michael Chopra on Luke Williams. The ball is crossed by Adam Reach, Ishmael Miller takes a shot. Aaron Cresswell manages to make a clearance. Adam Reach takes a inswinging corner to the near post, clearance by Andy Drury.

3:51

Free kick awarded for a foul by Aaron Cresswell on Kevin Thomson. Kevin Thomson takes the free kick.

2:58

Paul Taylor takes a shot. Blocked by Grant Leadbitter.

2:15

Outswinging corner taken right-footed by Andy Drury played to the near post, save by Jason Steele.

1:29

Inswinging corner taken by Grant Leadbitter.

0:00

The referee gets the game started.

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