Southgate: Boro can improve

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Gareth Southgate believes his Middlesbrough side can improve on their 3-1 defeat over Ipswich, saying: "we need to be more ruthless".

High-flying Boro took the lead in the first half with a Gary O'Neil header and wrapped it up late on with two strikes from substitute Jeremie Aliadiere. Ipswich got a stoppage-time penalty consolation from Jon Walters.

"I thought we were laboured at times, particularly in the second half when they had so much of the ball," said Southgate.

"I thought the quality of the goals was excellent and I was delighted that Jeremie came off the bench and made an impact like that. It is nice for a manager when a player makes his point like that.

"But the game wasn't as easy for us as the scoreline suggests. We were made to work hard and we lost concentration at the end and gave away a soft penalty and the clean sheet. We need to be more ruthless."

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