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Strachan: Ipswich were better side

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Gordon Strachan had no complaints after his new-look Middlesbrough side stumbled to a 3-1 opening-day npower Championship defeat at home to Ipswich.

The bookies' favourites led at the break through a Scott McDonald goal but lost their way after Roy Keane's polished side scored twice in two minutes with a deflected strike from Tommy Smith and a Tamas Priskin effort early in the second half to take control, then Jon Stead sealed it late on. t was Boro's first league defeat at the Riverside Stadium in 2010.

"We can have no complaints, the better side won," said Strachan. "In the first half we did alright but football can be a cruel game."

He added: "I thought the massive deflection for their first goal was a bit unfair because it was going well wide but we needed to settle down for five minutes and take control and we didn't do that.

"We had some good chances at that stage and had a couple of one-on-one chances but failed to take them. We needed to be positive but we were negative. We have only ourselves to blame."

Ipswich boss Roy Keane praised his side's second-half fightback.

"We played well in the first half against a good side but somehow we were a goal down," he said.

"We knew it was going to come down to who got the next goal, that was going to determine it. And we got it.

"We showed great character. Last year we never looked like scoring and that was our problem but today we took our goals well.

"Boro had some good chances but we kept our heads and kept playing and got our rewards. The pitch was beautiful and that suited us. It let us play the kind of football we like to and if you can do that it gives you a chance."

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Topics:
Ipswich Town
Football
Championship
Scott McDonald
Gordon Strachan
Tommy Smith
Roy Keane
Tommy Smith
Middlesbrough
Tamas Priskin
Liverpool
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