Result: Ipswich Town 1-1 Middlesbrough

Grant Leadbitter
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Ipswich and Middlesborough draw 1-1 at Portman Road in their Championship match.

Nothing could separate Ipswich Town and Middlesbrough tonight as they both fought to a 1-1 draw at Portman Road.

Both sides started the match fairly tentatively, cancelling each other out for much of the first half until the hosts started to force the issue, coming close through Grant Leadbitter and Tommy Smith.

Middlesbrough could have broken the deadlock four minutes into the second half, but substitute Lukas Jutkiewicz put his shot wide from just three yards out.

Ipswich had a chance to punish the visitors when Jay Emmanuel-Thomas was fouled in the box by Richard Smallwood, but Leadbitter's powerful spot kick was saved by Jason Steele.

Instead, it was Boro who punished Ipswich for not being clinical enough when, just minutes after the missed penalty, Hoyte found Jutkiewicz, who made no mistake this time.

The Tractor Boys finally found an equaliser five minutes before the end through Leadbitter, making up for his earlier penalty miss.

The result means that Ipswich remain 15th in the Championship table, while Middlesbrough stay in fifth position.

1Brighton & Hove AlbionBrighton10640148622
4Birmingham CityBirmingham105321610618
5Hull City10532137618
7Derby CountyDerby10451127517
8Cardiff CityCardiff104421411316
9Wolverhampton WanderersWolves104331511415
10Sheffield WednesdaySheff Weds104331514115
11Queens Park RangersQPR104331820-215
12Ipswich TownIpswich104331517-215
14Nottingham ForestNott'm Forest10334910-112
15Blackburn RoversBlackburn102531210211
16Leeds UnitedLeeds10253913-411
17Charlton AthleticCharlton102441114-310
18Huddersfield TownHuddersfield102441014-410
19MK Dons10226914-58
21Rotherham UnitedRotherham102261219-78
22Bolton WanderersBolton10154916-78
23Preston North EndPreston10145713-67
24Bristol City101451220-87