A late goal from substitute Curtis Main kept Middlesbrough only two points outside the play-off places.

In an entertaining game, Boro's Lukas Jutkiewicz had a shot cleared off the line and Tony McMahon hit the post.

Derby had their chances, Theo Robinson forcing a stop from Jason Steele, who also saved Paul Green's fizzing strike.

As both sides tired Barry Robson sent a fine cross for Main, who rifled only his second goal for the club to give Boro their first win in nine games.

Jutkiewicz had already seen a volley saved by Frank Fielding when he glided through the Rams defence and rounded the goalkeeper, only for Shackell to slide in and avert the danger.

McMahon's swerving free-kick came back off the woodwork, with Robson unable to head in the rebound.

Robinson and Green both put chances wide of the post as the opportunities continued for both sides.

A Jutkiewicz effort was parried by Fielding, only for Faris Haroun to fluff the rebound.

Boro boss Tony Mowbray opted to replace Jutkiewicz with teenage forward Main and it proved inspirational as he collected a defence-splitting pass and fired in the winner.

The Rams continued to pour forward, Steve Davies repelled by Justin Hoyte and Tom Carroll blasting over the bar as Boro secured three valuable points.

Lineup, Bookings (2) & Substitutions (5)

Derby

  • 01 Fielding
  • 03 Roberts
  • 06 Shackell Booked
  • 17 Buxton
  • 31 Naylor
  • 04 Bryson
  • 18 B Davies (Tyson - 82' )
  • 23 Hendrick (Carroll - 86' )
  • 32 Green
  • 07 S Davies
  • 21 Robinson (Ward - 75' )

Substitutes

  • 33 Severn
  • 16 Bailey
  • 19 Carroll
  • 09 Tyson
  • 10 Ward

Middlesbrough

  • 01 Steele
  • 02 Hoyte
  • 06 McManus
  • 15 Hines
  • 29 McMahon
  • 10 Bailey Booked
  • 17 Robson
  • 38 Haroun
  • 07 McDonald
  • 09 Emnes (Thomson - 83' )
  • 30 Jutkiew'z (Main - 78' )

Substitutes

  • 08 Thomson
  • 11 Hammill
  • 33 Smallwood
  • 16 Ogbeche
  • 25 Main
Ref: Pawson
Att: 24,654

Match Stats

Shots

16 22

On target

8 9

Corners

5 6

Fouls

14 11

Live Text Commentary

90:00 +4:04 Full time

Full Time The referee ends the match.

90:00 +2:06

Corner taken by Jamie Ward, clearance by Stephen McManus. Shot on goal by Tom Carroll from just inside the area clears the crossbar.

90:00 +1:55

Steve Davies takes a shot. Justin Hoyte gets a block in.

88:07

Free kick taken by Tony McMahon.

88:07 Booking

Booking Jason Shackell goes into the book for unsporting behaviour.

87:55

Unfair challenge on Faris Haroun by Jason Shackell results in a free kick.

86:46

Tony McMahon fouled by Jamie Ward, the ref awards a free kick. Free kick taken by Tony McMahon.

85:52 Substitution

Substitution Tom Carroll replaces Jeff Hendrick.

83:43

Jeff Hendrick concedes a free kick for a foul on Barry Robson. Direct free kick taken by Nicky Bailey.

82:52 Substitution

Substitution Kevin Thomson comes on in place of Marvin Emnes.

82:28

Nathan Tyson produces a left-footed shot from inside the area that clears the crossbar.

81:59

Foul by Scott McDonald on Tom Naylor, free kick awarded. Tom Naylor restarts play with the free kick.

81:26 Substitution

Substitution Nathan Tyson comes on in place of Ben Davies.

79:32

Barry Robson provided the assist for the goal.

79:32 Goal scored

Goal! - Curtis Main - Derby 0 - 1 Middlesbro Curtis Main scores a goal from inside the area to the bottom right corner of the goal. Derby 0-1 Middlesbrough.

77:05 Substitution

Substitution Curtis Main joins the action as a substitute, replacing Lukas Jutkiewicz.

75:46

Steve Davies has an effort at goal from just inside the box that misses to the right of the goal.

75:14

Jamie Ward takes a shot. Stephen McManus gets a block in.

74:23 Substitution

Substitution Jamie Ward joins the action as a substitute, replacing Theo Robinson.

73:46

Barry Robson takes a shot. Save by Frank Fielding.

72:40

Corner taken by Tony McMahon from the left by-line played to the near post, Header from close in by Stephen McManus misses to the right of the goal.

72:25

Barry Robson takes a shot. Jason Shackell gets a block in.

71:34

Corner taken by Tony McMahon.

70:57

Jeff Hendrick takes a shot. Save made by Jason Steele.

70:33

The referee blows for offside. Jason Steele restarts play with the free kick.

67:42

Scott McDonald takes a shot. Paul Green gets a block in.

66:06

A cross is delivered by Ben Davies, Stephen McManus manages to make a clearance.

65:39

Corner taken by Ben Davies, Stephen McManus makes a clearance.

65:12

Corner taken right-footed by Ben Davies, clearance made by Nicky Bailey.

64:00

Faris Haroun has an effort at goal from just outside the area which goes wide of the left-hand post.

63:07

The ball is sent over by Steve Davies, clearance made by Justin Hoyte. Outswinging corner taken right-footed by Ben Davies from the right by-line, Seb Hines manages to make a clearance.

62:40

Justin Hoyte fouled by Paul Green, the ref awards a free kick. Nicky Bailey takes the direct free kick.

60:45

The referee gives a free kick against Gareth Roberts for handball. The free kick is delivered left-footed by Barry Robson from right by-line, Gareth Roberts gets a block in. Corner taken by Barry Robson.

59:43

Inswinging corner taken right-footed by Tony McMahon from the left by-line.

56:58

Barry Robson produces a right-footed shot from just outside the penalty box that misses to the left of the goal.

56:26

Corner taken right-footed by Tony McMahon from the left by-line, Theo Robinson makes a clearance.

53:59

Lukas Jutkiewicz takes a shot. Gareth Roberts gets a block in.

52:54

Free kick awarded for a foul by Nicky Bailey on Ben Davies. Craig Bryson restarts play with the free kick.

51:07

Justin Hoyte produces a right-footed shot from outside the box and misses left.

50:04

Free kick awarded for a foul by Craig Bryson on Faris Haroun. Nicky Bailey restarts play with the free kick.

48:38

Faris Haroun produces a right-footed shot from close in that clears the bar.

48:26

Tony McMahon delivers the ball, Lukas Jutkiewicz takes a shot. Save by Frank Fielding.

47:59

Craig Bryson gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Barry Robson. Direct free kick taken by Marvin Emnes.

47:25

Steve Davies sends in a cross, save made by Jason Steele.

47:02

The ball is crossed by Tony McMahon, Frank Fielding makes a save.

46:29

Free kick awarded for a foul by Paul Green on Nicky Bailey. Jason Steele takes the direct free kick.

45:43

Outswinging corner taken right-footed by Ben Davies from the right by-line, Steve Davies takes a shot. Justin Hoyte manages to make a clearance.

45:01

The referee starts the second half.

45:00 +1:01 Half time

Half Time The match has reached half-time.

45:00 +0:05

Scott McDonald concedes a free kick for a foul on Paul Green. Tom Naylor takes the free kick.

43:06

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Scott McDonald by Jake Buxton. Free kick taken by Justin Hoyte.

42:03

Lukas Jutkiewicz concedes a free kick for a foul on Ben Davies. Jason Shackell restarts play with the free kick.

40:39

The ball is swung over by Gareth Roberts.

39:36

Steve Davies has an effort direct from the free kick.

39:36 Booking

Booking Nicky Bailey booked.

39:19

Unfair challenge on Steve Davies by Nicky Bailey results in a free kick.

38:43

Free kick awarded for a foul by Tony McMahon on Jeff Hendrick. Jason Shackell takes the direct free kick.

38:20

Marvin Emnes takes a shot. Blocked by Jason Shackell.

36:55

The referee blows for offside against Theo Robinson. Jason Steele takes the free kick.

36:41

Marvin Emnes gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Jeff Hendrick. Paul Green takes the direct free kick.

34:22

A cross is delivered by Paul Green. Gareth Roberts produces a cross, Shot by Paul Green from deep inside the penalty area misses to the left of the target.

30:48

Lukas Jutkiewicz concedes a free kick for a foul on Gareth Roberts. Frank Fielding takes the free kick.

30:03

Effort on goal by Theo Robinson from deep inside the penalty area misses to the right of the goal.

28:57

Scott McDonald produces a right-footed shot from just outside the penalty box that goes wide left of the target.

28:22

Theo Robinson takes a shot. Jason Steele makes a save.

27:35

Free kick awarded for a foul by Marvin Emnes on Jason Shackell. Free kick taken by Jason Shackell.

26:27

Scott McDonald challenges Ben Davies unfairly and gives away a free kick. Free kick taken by Jason Shackell.

24:53

Steve Davies has a shot on goal from outside the box which misses right.

23:21

The ball is delivered by Gareth Roberts.

21:24

Corner taken left-footed by Barry Robson, Close range header by Lukas Jutkiewicz goes wide of the left-hand post.

20:44

Foul by Theo Robinson on Nicky Bailey, free kick awarded. Barry Robson restarts play with the free kick.

19:27

Lukas Jutkiewicz sends in a cross, Faris Haroun has a headed effort at goal from close in which goes wide right of the target.

18:44

Marvin Emnes takes a shot.

17:15

Shot by Scott McDonald from deep inside the penalty area misses to the left of the target.

16:32

Tom Naylor sends in a cross, Headed effort from deep inside the penalty area by Ben Davies goes harmlessly over the crossbar.

15:35

Paul Green takes a shot. Save made by Jason Steele.

14:56

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Tony McMahon by Ben Davies. Free kick taken by Jason Steele.

13:21

Unfair challenge on Seb Hines by Jeff Hendrick results in a free kick. Nicky Bailey restarts play with the free kick.

12:38

The ball is sent over by Tony McMahon, save made by Frank Fielding.

11:42

Theo Robinson takes a shot. Jason Steele makes a save.

10:01

Foul by Jake Buxton on Scott McDonald, free kick awarded. Strike comes in from Tony McMahon from the free kick, Close range headed effort by Barry Robson clears the crossbar.

8:22

Lukas Jutkiewicz takes a shot. Clearance by Jason Shackell.

7:18

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Marvin Emnes by Craig Bryson. Direct free kick taken by Tony McMahon.

6:52

Marvin Emnes takes a shot. Save made by Frank Fielding.

5:43

Lukas Jutkiewicz takes a shot from just outside the penalty area which clears the crossbar.

4:41

The assistant referee flags for offside against Marvin Emnes. Jason Shackell restarts play with the free kick.

3:48

Effort from the edge of the area by Steve Davies goes wide of the left-hand post.

2:15

Lukas Jutkiewicz gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Gareth Roberts. Frank Fielding takes the direct free kick.

1:22

Unfair challenge on Scott McDonald by Paul Green results in a free kick. Barry Robson takes the free kick.

0:00

The referee starts the match.

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