MARTIN WAGHORN and Joe Garner fired blanks as Ipswich flopped 2-0 at Middlesbrough.
The former Rangers striking double-act failed to spark and the team could muster only one shot on target throughout the 90 minutes.
That came from Garner, who had come on as a second-half substitute, but it didn’t unduly worry ex-Motherwell keeper Darren Randolph.
Portman Road manager Mick McCarthy moaned: “I don’t think our keeper had a lot to do before they scored.
“They had a lot of possession in front of us, but we had a couple of half-chances we should have done better with.
“They were a couple of very poor goals. We didn’t stop the cross for the first one and then the second one was bonkers from our point of view.
“Having said that, though, it was a £10miliion striker putting the ball in the net.”
Boro took the lead through Martin Braithwaite just before the break and Patrick Bamford doubled the lead shortly after the restart.
Victory for Garry Monk’s side came after three defeats in their previous four games and saw them leapfrog Ipswich into eighth place on goal difference.
The Riverside boss said: “I’m pleased for the players and I’m pleased for our fans. The main thing was to show a response.
“Overall, I thought we were very comfortable in the game and were deserved winners.
“We were on top throughout and it was a step forward in terms of showing the possibilities of what we can be.
“Of course, I still think we can be a lot better and there’s a lot more to come, but, as I’ve said to the players, we have to learn the lessons from the last few weeks.”