Danny Graham scored both goals as Middlesbrough found the net for the first time in almost two months on their way to victory against Ipswich.

The on-loan Sunderland striker stabbed in from close range to give the hosts the lead after the half-hour with their first goal in 12 hours and 14 minutes.

Graham then headed in Boro's second just before half-time to double the home team's advantage.

Ipswich are now four points adrift of the play-offs after one win in five.

Post-match: Ipswich manager McCarthy

The hosts - a further five points back even after this win - quickly took control at the Riverside with George Friend driving over after Emmanuel Ledesma's free-kick was headed down by Ben Gibson.

Graham had only managed one goal in 14 months before Saturday, but after Mustapha Carayol's shot was saved by Dean Gerken he turned in Boro's first goal since 18 January.

The striker added a second in first-half added time when he headed in from Grant Leadbitter's corner.

Daryl Murphy wasted the visitors' best chance to pull one back, shooting weakly straight at Dimitrios Konstantopoulos in the Boro goal.

Middlesbrough manager Aitor Karanka:

"I was happy for Danny. After the goal he demonstrated he is a very good Premier League player.

"Finally the goals arrived and I'm very happy. Firstly, our supporters deserved to see us scoring goals and winning and secondly it's great for my team to reward their hard work.

"But I was never worried. I always believed 100 per cent in myself and in the team and I know that when we work hard and play like that we can beat anybody."

Ipswich manager Mick McCarthy:

"We were second best, we got nothing and deserved nothing. We didn't compete and that wasn't like us.

"I actually think Middlesbrough played well and when they got the goal they got on top and didn't let us play.

"We've not performed so I can't take any silver lining from other results. To be in with any chance of getting into the play-offs, we need to be much better than that."

Lineup, Bookings (3) & Substitutions (6)

Middlesbrough

  • 13 Konstantopoulos
  • 08 Varga
  • 03 Friend
  • 07 Leadbitter
  • 22 Gibson
  • 25 Omeruo
  • 11 Ledesma Booked
  • 24 Chalobah
  • 09 Graham (Kamara - 72' )
  • 10 Tomlin (Butterfield - 78' )
  • 19 Carayol (Main - 81' )

Substitutes

  • 01 Steele
  • 06 Butterfield
  • 14 Williams
  • 23 Main
  • 28 Morris
  • 29 Kamara
  • 36 Atkinson

Ipswich Town

  • 22 Gerken
  • 04 Chambers Booked
  • 03 Cresswell
  • 08 Skuse
  • 06 Berra
  • 05 Smith
  • 16 Green
  • 18 Tabb (Williams - 72' )
  • 09 Murphy
  • 35 Nouble (Hyam - 45' Booked )
  • 26 Taylor (Ebanks-Blake - 69' )

Substitutes

  • 01 Loach
  • 11 Anderson
  • 12 Hunt
  • 15 Mings
  • 19 Hyam
  • 25 Williams
  • 27 Ebanks-Blake
Ref: Iain Williamson
Att: 13,965

Match Stats

Shots

14 7

On target

3 1

Corners

10 4

Fouls

14 8

Live Text Commentary

Full time

Full Time Match ends, Middlesbrough 2, Ipswich Town 0.

90:00 +4:09 Full time

Full Time Second Half ends, Middlesbrough 2, Ipswich Town 0.

90:00 +3:39

Corner, Ipswich Town. Conceded by Dimitrios Konstantopoulos.

90:00 +1:33

Attempt missed. Curtis Main (Middlesbrough) left footed shot from the left side of the box is close, but misses to the left. Assisted by Kei Kamara.

90:00 +0:51

Attempt missed. Christophe Berra (Ipswich Town) left footed shot from the centre of the box is high and wide to the left. Assisted by Cole Skuse.

89:33

Paul Green (Ipswich Town) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

89:33

Foul by Grant Leadbitter (Middlesbrough).

86:49

Cole Skuse (Ipswich Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

86:49

Foul by Kei Kamara (Middlesbrough).

85:45

Tommy Smith (Ipswich Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

85:45

Foul by Kei Kamara (Middlesbrough).

85:23

Foul by Christophe Berra (Ipswich Town).

85:23

George Friend (Middlesbrough) wins a free kick on the left wing.

84:37

Attempt missed. Tommy Smith (Ipswich Town) header from the centre of the box is high and wide to the left. Assisted by Aaron Cresswell with a cross following a set piece situation.

84:09

Daryl Murphy (Ipswich Town) wins a free kick on the left wing.

84:09

Foul by Kenneth Omeruo (Middlesbrough).

80:04 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Middlesbrough. Curtis Main replaces Mustapha Carayol.

79:15

Attempt blocked. Kei Kamara (Middlesbrough) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Ben Gibson.

77:09 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Middlesbrough. Jacob Butterfield replaces Lee Tomlin.

76:37

Attempt missed. Lee Tomlin (Middlesbrough) left footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the left following a corner.

75:58

Corner, Middlesbrough. Conceded by Christophe Berra.

75:07

Corner, Ipswich Town. Conceded by József Varga.

74:21

Offside, Middlesbrough. Dimitrios Konstantopoulos tries a through ball, but Lee Tomlin is caught offside.

72:40

Foul by Paul Green (Ipswich Town).

72:40

Kei Kamara (Middlesbrough) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

71:21 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Ipswich Town. Jonathan Williams replaces Jay Tabb.

71:07 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Middlesbrough. Kei Kamara replaces Danny Graham.

70:32 Booking

Booking Luke Chambers (Ipswich Town) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

70:03

Foul by Luke Chambers (Ipswich Town).

70:03

Mustapha Carayol (Middlesbrough) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

69:49 Booking

Booking Emmanuel Jorge Ledesma (Middlesbrough) is shown the yellow card.

69:17

Corner, Ipswich Town. Conceded by Kenneth Omeruo.

68:29 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Ipswich Town. Sylvain Ebanks-Blake replaces Paul Taylor.

66:00

Luke Hyam (Ipswich Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

66:00

Foul by Lee Tomlin (Middlesbrough).

65:35

Attempt saved. Daryl Murphy (Ipswich Town) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Luke Hyam with a cross.

65:11

Luke Hyam (Ipswich Town) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

65:11

Foul by Grant Leadbitter (Middlesbrough).

64:19

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

63:46

Delay in match Christophe Berra (Ipswich Town) because of an injury.

60:54

Foul by Luke Chambers (Ipswich Town).

60:54

Mustapha Carayol (Middlesbrough) wins a free kick on the left wing.

60:10

Daryl Murphy (Ipswich Town) wins a free kick on the right wing.

60:10

Foul by George Friend (Middlesbrough).

57:59

Attempt missed. Paul Green (Ipswich Town) left footed shot from outside the box misses to the left.

57:38

Paul Taylor (Ipswich Town) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

57:38

Foul by Kenneth Omeruo (Middlesbrough).

56:59

Attempt missed. Aaron Cresswell (Ipswich Town) left footed shot from outside the box misses to the right from a direct free kick.

56:09

Paul Green (Ipswich Town) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

56:09

Foul by Emmanuel Jorge Ledesma (Middlesbrough).

55:29

Corner, Middlesbrough. Conceded by Paul Green.

54:49

Corner, Ipswich Town. Conceded by Kenneth Omeruo.

53:46

Hand ball by Paul Taylor (Ipswich Town).

51:31 Booking

Booking Luke Hyam (Ipswich Town) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

51:20

Foul by Luke Hyam (Ipswich Town).

51:20

Mustapha Carayol (Middlesbrough) wins a free kick on the left wing.

50:37

Daryl Murphy (Ipswich Town) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

50:37

Foul by Ben Gibson (Middlesbrough).

49:17

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

49:12

Delay in match Jay Tabb (Ipswich Town) because of an injury.

48:09

Jay Tabb (Ipswich Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

48:09

Foul by Emmanuel Jorge Ledesma (Middlesbrough).

45:00

Second Half begins Middlesbrough 2, Ipswich Town 0.

45:00 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Ipswich Town. Luke Hyam replaces Frank Nouble.

45:00 +3:12 Half time

Half Time First Half ends, Middlesbrough 2, Ipswich Town 0.

45:00 +1:38 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Middlesbrough 2, Ipswich Town 0. Danny Graham (Middlesbrough) header from the centre of the box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Grant Leadbitter with a cross following a corner.

45:00 +1:22

Corner, Middlesbrough. Conceded by Paul Taylor.

45:00 +0:08

Corner, Middlesbrough. Conceded by Daryl Murphy.

45:00 +0:05

Attempt blocked. Lee Tomlin (Middlesbrough) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

44:42

Corner, Middlesbrough. Conceded by Christophe Berra.

42:30

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

41:33

Delay in match Nathaniel Chalobah (Middlesbrough) because of an injury.

39:02

Offside, Middlesbrough. Lee Tomlin tries a through ball, but Danny Graham is caught offside.

37:25

Paul Taylor (Ipswich Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

37:25

Foul by Nathaniel Chalobah (Middlesbrough).

33:15

Attempt missed. Mustapha Carayol (Middlesbrough) header from the centre of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Grant Leadbitter with a cross following a corner.

32:50

Corner, Middlesbrough. Conceded by Dean Gerken.

28:58 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Middlesbrough 1, Ipswich Town 0. Danny Graham (Middlesbrough) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom left corner.

28:53

Attempt saved. Mustapha Carayol (Middlesbrough) right footed shot from long range on the left is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Ben Gibson.

26:56

Attempt missed. Paul Taylor (Ipswich Town) right footed shot from the right side of the box is high and wide to the left.

26:52

Attempt blocked. Daryl Murphy (Ipswich Town) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Paul Green.

25:39

Corner, Middlesbrough. Conceded by Tommy Smith.

24:46

Corner, Middlesbrough. Conceded by Christophe Berra.

20:52

Attempt missed. Ben Gibson (Middlesbrough) header from very close range misses to the left. Assisted by Grant Leadbitter with a cross following a corner.

20:34

Corner, Middlesbrough. Conceded by Tommy Smith.

20:19

Attempt blocked. Mustapha Carayol (Middlesbrough) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by George Friend.

18:47

Attempt missed. George Friend (Middlesbrough) right footed shot from the left side of the box is close, but misses the top right corner. Assisted by Mustapha Carayol.

14:24

Attempt missed. Danny Graham (Middlesbrough) header from the centre of the box is high and wide to the left. Assisted by George Friend with a cross.

12:10

Foul by Daryl Murphy (Ipswich Town).

12:10

Kenneth Omeruo (Middlesbrough) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

11:30

Attempt missed. George Friend (Middlesbrough) right footed shot from the centre of the box is high and wide to the left following a set piece situation.

11:01

Foul by Aaron Cresswell (Ipswich Town).

11:01

Lee Tomlin (Middlesbrough) wins a free kick on the right wing.

10:02

Jay Tabb (Ipswich Town) wins a free kick on the right wing.

10:02

Foul by Grant Leadbitter (Middlesbrough).

8:45

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

7:36

Delay in match Frank Nouble (Ipswich Town) because of an injury.

3:39

Attempt missed. Emmanuel Jorge Ledesma (Middlesbrough) left footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by Danny Graham.

2:11

Paul Green (Ipswich Town) wins a free kick on the right wing.

2:11

Foul by Nathaniel Chalobah (Middlesbrough).

1:28

Offside, Ipswich Town. Frank Nouble tries a through ball, but Paul Taylor is caught offside.

0:24

Corner, Middlesbrough. Conceded by Aaron Cresswell.

0:00

First Half begins.

0:00

Lineups are announced and players are warming up.

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