Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

5 Things We Learned at the Match Jonathon Taylor

Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

5 Things We Learned at the Match Jonathon Taylor

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Byline: JONATHON TAYLOR

Boro had enough chances to win two football matches - but it was an off day. Plain and simple.

1 Albert Adomah and Emilio Nsue both spurned gilt-edged chances in the first half, but the best of the lot fell to Jordan Rhodes after a defence-splitting pass from Gaston Ramirez.

On current form, you'd have bet your house on Rhodes to score - but Ipswich goalkeeper Bartosz Bialkowski was quickly down to his left to deny the in-form hitman.

That was the moment - but at the time, Boro were carving Ipswich open at will. More chances would follow, we thought. Well they did - and despite a timid second half, Rhodes rattled the post and substitute David Nugent did rise in stoppage time - but his header was straight at Bialkowski.

The late show didn't come. We haven't said it a lot of late, but Boro's lack of conviction in front of goal proved costly.

2 Despite the stinging disappointment of a draw, once again Gaston Ramirez and Jordan Rhodes combined brilliantly. It's hardly a consolation, true, but that is a partnership that is getting stronger every week.

The fleet-flooted genius of Ramirez was twice on show in that first half, playing through Rhodes and Nsue with relative ease. One swoosh of his left foot - and Boro were on the brink of a breakthrough.

Meanwhile Rhodes didn't continue his goalscoring streak - but this is a player who is giving everything to the Boro cause, and his team-mates are learning how to get the best out of him.

The Riverside chanted David Nugent's game as the clock ticked down in that second half - but he remained on the touchline warming up.

3 He did eventually take to the field on 82 minutes, but was it too late? Could Nugent - who has proven to be Ipswich's nemesis time after time in recent years - have been introduced earlier? …

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