Adoma fires Boro closer to EPL

Ghana international Albert Adomah scored as Middlesbrough beat fellow promotion hopefuls Ipswich Town 4-1 in the Championship. The right winger delivered an outstanding display to help Aitor Karanka’s side up to third in the table.Despite their convincing victory, things remain tight at the summit of the division.
Unlikely leaders Bournemouth remain top of the division on 69 points, leading Watford and Middlesbrough-also both on 69-on goal difference alone.
Derby County, Norwich City and Brentford complete the current top six, with the Rams only two points off the top and the Canaries only one behind them.
Boro’s comprehensive victory comes as a blow to Ipswich’s hopes of promotion as the Tractor Boys remain in seventh.
Daniel Ayala opened the scoring for the home side on four minutes, to the delight of the crowd at the Riverside Stadium, but Boro were pegged back through Darryl Murphy’s 11th-minute effort.
Town threatened to find a way back into the contest, but Adomah’s deflected effort on 30 minutes—coming after a blocked Grant Leadbitter shot—restored the Smoggies’ lead.
In-form Patrick Bamford—on loan from Chelsea—grabbed two in the second half to round off a superb afternoon.
The goal was Adomah’s fifth of the campaign, and like so many other members of the Boro side, he has found a new gear under Karanka.
The right winger will be hoping not only that his form can see the North-East club into the Premier League through automatic promotion, but also that it can pique the interest of Ghana coach Avram Grant.
Former Bristol City man Adomah was a regular under former Black Stars boss Kwesi Appiah, and featured for the national side at the World Cup, in the opener against the United States.
He wasn’t used for the rest of the tournament, however, and was overlooked by Appiah for the 2015 African Cup of Nations qualifiers.
Grant named him in the Black Stars’ preliminary squad upon taking the hotseat, but the wideman wasn’t retained for the tournament proper. –

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