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Boro place my target - Aliadiere

Highlights: Middlesbrough 3-1 Ipswich

Middlesbrough 3-1 Ipswich

Middlesbrough striker Jeremie Aliadiere has revealed his determination to battle for a first-team place at the Riverside this season.

Aliadiere, 27, returned to the side with two goals against Ipswich Town on Saturday and says he is prepared to compete for a place regardless of form.

"I started the first game, got injured and when you come back people take your place," he told BBC Tees.

"I know what I can do, I'm happy to fight for my place. It's how it works."

Since joining the Teessiders from Arsenal in June 2007 for £2m, Aliadiere has fulfilled a string of roles in attacking positions, notably playing as a wide right-winger for much of last season.

However, despite the arrival of striker Leroy Lita and winger Mark Yeates to fill the gap on the right flank, the Frenchman is hopeful of featuring in his traditional central-striker role and will plug away in training to secure a first-team opportunity.

"When you're not in the starting 11 you have to do your best in training and in every opportunity you get," he said.

"That's what I'm trying to do every time I'm on the pitch, and it worked and I scored two goals."

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Middlesbrough 3-1 Ipswich
12 Sep 09 |  Championship
Middlesbrough 0-0 Sheffield Utd
07 Aug 09 |  Championship
Aliadiere completes Boro switch
19 Jun 07 |  Middlesbrough

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