Middlesbrough moved up to second in the Championship table as goals from Rhys Williams and Marvin Emnes were enough to defeat Derby County.

Williams turned in the opener from close range just before the interval.

And Emnes added the home side's second seven minutes after the break when he headed home Justin Hoyte's cross.

Derby, who hit the woodwork four times, handed a debut to 15-year-old striker Mason Bennett - the youngest player in the club's history.

Lee Holmes had held the record but England Under-16 international Bennett - at just 15 years and 99 days old - ensured his place Derby's history.

He showed glimpses of his talent but was unable to stop the Rams slipping to sixth spot.

Chances arrived at both ends early on with Julio Arca shooting straight at Rams goalkeeper Frank Fielding from 20 yards - and Williams also heading at Fielding from six yards.

BOUNCING BACK

  • Marvin Emnes only scored four goals in 54 appearances for Boro between July 2008 and July 2011. He has now scored six in 13 games this season.

At the other end, the lively Bennett headed wide from Theo Robinson's cross and Robinson headed Ben Davies' free-kick wide from close range.

But Boro then began to get on top.

Lee Croft had to scramble an Emnes effort off the line, Scott McDonald twice fired wide and Fielding had to be at his best to turn away Tony McMahon's 18-yard effort.

The pressure finally told when Hoyte's effort was turned into the top corner by Williams.

Derby came back into the game and Robinson was unlucky not to level as Boro keeper Jason Steele pushed the striker's effort onto the post and away for a corner.

Boro then made it 2-0 when Emnes headed in his sixth goal of the season from Hoyte's cross.

McDonald was once again denied by Fielding but Derby could have snatched a point late on.

First Bennett crashed a shot against the bar after Steele parried substitute Chris Maguire's effort.

Then substitute Jamie Ward hit the bar with a 20-yard strike and also saw a cross deflect onto the woodwork late on.

Lineup, Bookings (3) & Substitutions (6)

Middlesbrough

  • 01 Steele
  • 02 Hoyte
  • 03 Bennett Booked
  • 06 McManus
  • 14 Williams
  • 29 McMahon Booked (Kink - 80' )
  • 05 Zemmama (Ogbeche - 67' )
  • 10 Bailey
  • 18 Arca
  • 07 McDonald
  • 09 Emnes (Martin - 75' )

Substitutes

  • 22 Martin
  • 38 Haroun
  • 11 Kink
  • 16 Ogbeche
  • 26 Nimely

Derby

  • 01 Fielding
  • 03 Roberts
  • 06 Shackell (Kilbane - 57' )
  • 24 O'Brien
  • 04 Bryson Booked
  • 18 B Davies
  • 22 Croft
  • 23 Hendrick
  • 10 Ward
  • 21 Robinson (Maguire - 64' )
  • 28 Bennett (Cywka - 78' )

Substitutes

  • 13 Legzdins
  • 19 Cywka
  • 26 Kilbane
  • 11 Maguire
  • 14 Doyle
Ref: Boyeson
Att: 17,407

Match Stats

Shots

21 12

On target

14 5

Corners

9 8

Fouls

11 15

Live Text Commentary

90:00 +4:31 Full time

Full Time The referee blows for the end of the match.

90:00 +4:07

Rhys Williams fouled by Tomasz Cywka, the ref awards a free kick. Jason Steele takes the direct free kick.

90:00 +1:46

Kevin Kilbane fouled by Tarmo Kink, the ref awards a free kick. Shot comes in from Jamie Ward from the free kick. Jamie Ward crosses the ball, clearance made by Nicky Bailey. Gareth Roberts crosses the ball, Chris Maguire takes a shot. Save by Jason Steele. Short corner worked by Jamie Ward.

90:00 +1:13

Outswinging corner taken from the right by-line by Tomasz Cywka.

90:00 +0:49

Tomasz Cywka fouled by Malaury Martin, the ref awards a free kick. Free kick taken by Tomasz Cywka.

89:59

Free kick awarded for a foul by Tarmo Kink on Jamie Ward. Jamie Ward takes the free kick.

89:26

Lee Croft delivers the ball, save by Jason Steele.

86:14

Foul by Nicky Bailey on Tomasz Cywka, free kick awarded. Strike comes in from Ben Davies from the free kick, blocked by Tomasz Cywka.

85:29

Shot from outside the box by Tarmo Kink misses to the left of the target.

84:01

The offside flag is raised against Malaury Martin. Indirect free kick taken by Frank Fielding.

81:42

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Nicky Bailey by Chris Maguire. Direct free kick taken by Rhys Williams.

79:36

Kevin Kilbane restarts play with the free kick.

79:36 Substitution

Substitution Tarmo Kink on for Tony McMahon.

79:36

Foul by Julio Arca on Jeff Hendrick, free kick awarded.

77:41 Substitution

Substitution Tomasz Cywka replaces Mason Bennett.

77:00

Jamie Ward takes a shot.

75:54

Centre by Julio Arca.

74:53 Substitution

Substitution (Middlesbrough) makes a substitution, with Malaury Martin coming on for Marvin Emnes.

74:19

Ben Davies challenges Marvin Emnes unfairly and gives away a free kick. Joe Bennett takes the free kick.

73:43

Bart Ogbeche takes a shot. Gareth Roberts gets a block in.

71:09

Frank Fielding restarts play with the free kick. A cross is delivered by Lee Croft.

71:09 Booking

Booking The referee books Tony McMahon for unsporting behaviour.

70:15

Jamie Ward sends in a cross, Julio Arca makes a clearance.

69:48

The ball is swung over by Tony McMahon, Bart Ogbeche takes a shot. Frank Fielding makes a save.

68:20

Inswinging corner taken by Tony McMahon, Gareth Roberts manages to make a clearance. A cross is delivered by Tony McMahon, Justin Hoyte produces a right-footed shot from outside the box and misses left.

67:35

The ball is swung over by Chris Maguire.

65:22 Substitution

Substitution Bart Ogbeche joins the action as a substitute, replacing Merouane Zemmama.

65:22

Chris Maguire takes a shot. Save by Jason Steele. Mason Bennett takes a shot.

63:32 Substitution

Substitution Chris Maguire comes on in place of Theo Robinson.

62:37

A cross is delivered by Theo Robinson, Tony McMahon manages to make a clearance. Ben Davies takes the inswinging corner, Nicky Bailey makes a clearance.

62:03

Centre by Marvin Emnes. The ball is crossed by Merouane Zemmama, Scott McDonald takes a shot. Save by Frank Fielding.

61:06

Free kick taken by Nicky Bailey.

61:06 Booking

Booking Craig Bryson goes into the book.

60:58

Free kick awarded for a foul by Craig Bryson on Julio Arca.

59:25

Marvin Emnes fouled by Kevin Kilbane, the ref awards a free kick. Julio Arca takes the free kick.

58:25

The ball is delivered by Ben Davies.

57:02

Free kick awarded for a foul by Theo Robinson on Stephen McManus. Direct free kick taken by Jason Steele.

56:07 Substitution

Substitution Kevin Kilbane comes on in place of Jason Shackell.

55:18

Justin Hoyte takes a shot. Jeff Hendrick gets a block in. Corner taken right-footed by Tony McMahon, Headed effort from inside the area by Rhys Williams misses to the right of the target.

55:07

Centre by Joe Bennett, Jason Shackell makes a clearance.

53:55

Corner taken right-footed by Tony McMahon to the near post, Rhys Williams takes a shot. Lee Croft gets a block in. Tony McMahon takes a inswinging corner from the left by-line played to the near post, Gareth Roberts makes a clearance.

53:11

Merouane Zemmama gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Craig Bryson. Frank Fielding takes the free kick.

53:02

Justin Hoyte delivers the ball, clearance by Lee Croft.

51:39

Assist on the goal came from Justin Hoyte.

51:39 Goal scored

Goal! - Marvin Emnes - Middlesbro 2 - 0 Derby Marvin Emnes grabs a headed goal from inside the box. Middlesbrough 2-0 Derby.

51:36

A cross is delivered by Justin Hoyte,

49:33

Ben Davies sends in a cross, Close range effort by Theo Robinson goes over the bar. Corner taken right-footed by Ben Davies from the right by-line, Craig Bryson takes a shot. Save by Jason Steele. Mason Bennett takes a shot. Save by Jason Steele. Outswinging corner taken by Ben Davies from the right by-line, clearance made by Joe Bennett. Ben Davies gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Joe Bennett. Jason Steele takes the direct free kick.

47:58

Tony McMahon sends in a cross, blocked by Gareth Roberts. Corner from the right by-line taken by Tony McMahon, Effort from deep inside the area by Rhys Williams misses to the right of the target.

47:37

Free kick awarded for a foul by Ben Davies on Scott McDonald. Joe Bennett takes the direct free kick.

45:01

The match restarts for the second half.

45:00 +2:22 Half time

Half Time The match has reached half-time.

45:00 +1:22

Foul by Theo Robinson on Rhys Williams, free kick awarded. Jason Steele takes the free kick.

45:00 +0:10

Corner taken right-footed by Ben Davies to the near post, clearance made by Nicky Bailey. Jason Shackell produces a right-footed shot from inside the area that clears the crossbar.

44:17

Justin Hoyte provided the assist for the goal.

44:17 Goal scored

Goal! - Rhys Williams - Middlesbro 1 - 0 Derby Rhys Williams gets on the score sheet with a goal from close in to the top left corner of the goal. Middlesbrough 1-0 Derby.

43:57

Justin Hoyte takes a shot.

42:44

Tony McMahon takes a shot. Frank Fielding makes a save. Outswinging corner taken by Tony McMahon, clearance made by Jason Shackell.

41:10

Scott McDonald has an effort at goal from just outside the box which goes wide of the left-hand post.

38:48

Theo Robinson challenges Julio Arca unfairly and gives away a free kick. Free kick taken by Stephen McManus.

38:20

Justin Hoyte produces a cross, clearance made by Mark O'Brien.

35:47

Marvin Emnes takes a shot. Jason Shackell gets a block in.

34:22

The ball is delivered by Joe Bennett, Scott McDonald has an effort at goal from deep inside the area missing to the right of the goal.

32:07

Corner from the left by-line taken by Tony McMahon, Effort on goal by Marvin Emnes from 12 yards. Save made by Frank Fielding. Julio Arca takes a shot. Frank Fielding makes a save.

30:42

Theo Robinson is penalised for handball and concedes a free kick. Jason Steele takes the free kick.

29:33

Unfair challenge on Jeff Hendrick by Scott McDonald results in a free kick. Frank Fielding takes the direct free kick.

25:43

The ball is crossed by Merouane Zemmama, clearance made by Ben Davies. Julio Arca takes a shot. Mark O'Brien gets a block in. Inswinging corner taken right-footed by Tony McMahon, Jason Shackell fouled by Stephen McManus, the ref awards a free kick. Frank Fielding restarts play with the free kick.

25:13

The ball is sent over by Joe Bennett, clearance by Lee Croft.

23:45

Corner taken right-footed by Tony McMahon, clearance by Mark O'Brien.

23:17 Booking

Booking Joe Bennett booked.

23:05

Mason Bennett gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Tony McMahon. Jason Steele takes the free kick.

19:49

Foul by Joe Bennett on Ben Davies, free kick awarded. Ben Davies sends in a cross, Header from close in by Theo Robinson misses to the left of the goal.

19:13

The ball is sent over by Justin Hoyte, save by Frank Fielding.

17:52

Unfair challenge on Joe Bennett by Mason Bennett results in a free kick. Stephen McManus takes the free kick.

16:43

Julio Arca produces a cross.

16:02

The ball is swung over by Theo Robinson, save made by Jason Steele.

15:35

Jamie Ward delivers the ball.

15:01

Rhys Williams takes a shot. Save by Frank Fielding.

14:39

Foul by Ben Davies on Tony McMahon, free kick awarded. Tony McMahon takes the free kick.

14:09

Tony McMahon sends in a cross, Jason Shackell makes a clearance.

10:21

The ball is delivered by Theo Robinson, blocked by Rhys Williams. Short corner worked by Jamie Ward, Joe Bennett makes a clearance. Jamie Ward crosses the ball, clearance made by Nicky Bailey. Corner taken by Jamie Ward from the right by-line played to the near post, clearance made by Nicky Bailey.

9:50

Scott McDonald fouled by Jeff Hendrick, the ref awards a free kick. Free kick taken by Tony McMahon.

8:46

Scott McDonald is caught offside. Free kick taken by Frank Fielding.

7:20

Theo Robinson produces a cross, Header by Mason Bennett from deep inside the penalty area misses to the left of the goal.

6:40

Merouane Zemmama gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Lee Croft. Frank Fielding takes the direct free kick.

6:18

The ball is swung over by Julio Arca, Jason Shackell manages to make a clearance.

6:11

A cross is delivered by Tony McMahon, Jason Shackell makes a clearance.

5:57

Joe Bennett delivers the ball, Mark O'Brien makes a clearance.

5:10

The ball is sent over by Jamie Ward, save by Jason Steele.

4:29

Free kick awarded for a foul by Nicky Bailey on Mason Bennett. Ben Davies takes the direct free kick.

3:04

Theo Robinson is flagged offside by the assistant referee. Jason Steele takes the free kick.

1:31

Julio Arca takes a shot. Save by Frank Fielding.

0:26

Julio Arca fouled by Craig Bryson, the ref awards a free kick. Free kick taken by Nicky Bailey.

0:00

The game begins.

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