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.

Lee Bowyer
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1Middlesbrough29176639162357
2Hull City29175745192656
3Burnley301510548262255
4Brighton & Hove AlbionBrighton29141143728953
5Derby CountyDerby301312540261451
6Sheffield WednesdaySheff Weds301311645331250
7Ipswich TownIpswich3013983937248
8Birmingham CityBirmingham3013893830847
9Cardiff CityCardiff30111273833545
10Nottingham ForestNott'm Forest30101283125642
11Wolverhampton WanderersWolves301010103940-140
12Brentford30117124244-240
13Queens Park RangersQPR3091293635139
14Preston North EndPreston3091292728-139
15Reading3099123333036
16Leeds UnitedLeeds30812102934-536
17Huddersfield TownHuddersfield3088144044-432
18Blackburn RoversBlackburn2861392525031
19Fulham29611124449-529
20MK Dons3077162442-1828
21Bristol City30610142547-2228
22Rotherham UnitedRotherham3074193655-1925
23Bolton WanderersBolton30412142849-2124
24Charlton AthleticCharlton3059162656-3024