Conor Sammon scored a last-minute winner as Derby boss Steve McClaren led the Rams to victory against his former club Middlesbrough.

Boro played most of the match with 10 men after Curtis Main received two bookings, and they went behind when Chris Martin prodded home.

Dean Whitehead lashed in an unlikely equaliser with 16 minutes left after fine work from Mustapha Carayol.

But the Rams pinched it when Sammon latched onto a bouncing ball to score.

Rise of the Rams

Derby's fourth straight win lifts Steve McClaren's side to fourth in the Championship table. When the former England boss took over at Pride Park, the Rams were 14th.

McClaren, in his first managerial game against his old club, saw his new team emerge somewhat fortunate victors as the Rams extended their winning run to four matches.

After a slow start, the pendulum swung Derby's way in the 33rd minute when Boro striker Main left his foot in on Rams defender Jake Buxton and was shown a second yellow card.

Boro's Albert Adomah then had a shot saved after a fine solo run, before Derby took the lead in first-half stoppage time when Craig Bryson's low cross was converted by the sprawling Martin.

The visitors levelled when Carayol ran the length of Derby's half and cut the ball back to Rhys Williams, whose effort rebounded for Whitehead to drive home his first goal for the club.

Derby struggled to muster a response, but they snatched victory at the death when Sammon beat stranded Boro keeper Shay Given to end a gritty rearguard action.

Derby boss Steve McClaren:

"It's three points. That's it. It was not a good performance by our normal standards.

"The Championship is tough and there are different ways you have to win. We won it despite not playing our usual brand of football and we were disappointing in that.

"I wouldn't say we were lucky as we kept our patience. We waited for the moment and took it. They're the kinds of things teams have if they're going to be successful."

Middlesbrough head coach Aitor Karanka:

"To concede goals at the end of both halves, we felt bad. I saw I have a team that is together, everyone was helping each other and fighting the same battle and I was very happy about that.

"It was very encouraging. When you lose the way we did, you cannot really say anything to the players.

"I would like to know why (Main) was sent off. If he deserved two yellow cards, then you would be ending every game with six or seven players."

Lineup, Bookings (3) & Substitutions (6)

Derby County

  • 01 Grant
  • 33 Wisdom
  • 03 Forsyth
  • 14 Eustace (Hendrick - 45' )
  • 06 Keogh
  • 25 Buxton
  • 04 Bryson (Sammon - 79' )
  • 19 Hughes
  • 09 Martin
  • 32 Dawkins (Russell - 76' )
  • 10 Ward

Substitutes

  • 08 Hendrick
  • 11 Russell
  • 18 Sammon
  • 20 Bennett
  • 26 Legzdins
  • 34 Cissé
  • 35 Keane

Middlesbrough

  • 12 Given
  • 04 Williams Booked
  • 03 Friend (Ayala - 92' )
  • 06 Butterfield (Carayol - 45' )
  • 39 Woodgate
  • 22 Gibson
  • 27 Adomah (Varga - 87' )
  • 18 Whitehead
  • 23 Main Dismissed after an earlier booking
  • 33 Smallwood
  • 29 Kamara

Substitutes

  • 05 Richardson
  • 08 Varga
  • 10 Emnes
  • 11 Ledesma
  • 13 Konstantopoulos
  • 19 Carayol
  • 26 Ayala
Ref: Andy Madley
Att: 24,631

Match Stats

Shots

17 8

On target

7 4

Corners

12 1

Fouls

11 13

Live Text Commentary

Full time

Full Time Match ends, Derby County 2, Middlesbrough 1.

90:00 +5:03 Full time

Full Time Second Half ends, Derby County 2, Middlesbrough 1.

90:00 +1:26 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Middlesbrough. Daniel Ayala replaces George Friend because of an injury.

89:41 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Derby County 2, Middlesbrough 1. Conor Sammon (Derby County) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Will Hughes with a headed pass.

87:10

Corner, Derby County. Conceded by Rhys Williams.

86:17 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Middlesbrough. József Varga replaces Albert Adomah.

85:58

Attempt missed. Jamie Ward (Derby County) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the left. Assisted by Craig Forsyth.

85:29

Chris Martin (Derby County) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

85:29

Foul by Jonathan Woodgate (Middlesbrough).

82:05 Booking

Booking Rhys Williams (Middlesbrough) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

81:40

Chris Martin (Derby County) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

81:40

Foul by Rhys Williams (Middlesbrough).

80:39

Attempt missed. Will Hughes (Derby County) left footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the left following a corner.

80:19

Corner, Derby County. Conceded by Shay Given.

78:50 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Derby County. Conor Sammon replaces Craig Bryson.

76:48

Attempt blocked. Mustapha Carayol (Middlesbrough) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Dean Whitehead.

75:46 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Derby County. Johnny Russell replaces Simon Dawkins.

73:13 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Derby County 1, Middlesbrough 1. Dean Whitehead (Middlesbrough) right footed shot from the right side of the six yard box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Richard Smallwood.

70:50

Attempt blocked. Rhys Williams (Middlesbrough) right footed shot from more than 35 yards is blocked. Assisted by Dean Whitehead.

67:46

Attempt saved. Jamie Ward (Derby County) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Simon Dawkins.

65:58

Attempt missed. Jake Buxton (Derby County) right footed shot from the centre of the box is too high. Assisted by Jamie Ward with a cross following a corner.

65:26

Corner, Derby County. Conceded by Jonathan Woodgate.

65:25

Attempt blocked. Jamie Ward (Derby County) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Craig Bryson.

63:18

Offside, Derby County. Jake Buxton tries a through ball, but Craig Forsyth is caught offside.

62:16

Corner, Derby County. Conceded by Kei Kamara.

62:14

Attempt blocked. Jake Buxton (Derby County) header from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Jamie Ward with a cross.

61:53

Corner, Derby County. Conceded by Richard Smallwood.

59:38

Foul by Craig Bryson (Derby County).

59:38

Dean Whitehead (Middlesbrough) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

56:43

Simon Dawkins (Derby County) wins a free kick on the left wing.

56:43

Foul by Rhys Williams (Middlesbrough).

55:35

Attempt saved. Kei Kamara (Middlesbrough) header from the right side of the box is saved in the top right corner. Assisted by Richard Smallwood.

54:48

Foul by Jeff Hendrick (Derby County).

54:48

Richard Smallwood (Middlesbrough) wins a free kick on the left wing.

53:17

Foul by Andre Wisdom (Derby County).

53:17

Kei Kamara (Middlesbrough) wins a free kick on the left wing.

52:34

Foul by Chris Martin (Derby County).

52:34

Jonathan Woodgate (Middlesbrough) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

51:15

Offside, Derby County. Chris Martin tries a through ball, but Will Hughes is caught offside.

50:37

Attempt missed. Chris Martin (Derby County) right footed shot from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by Craig Forsyth following a corner.

50:28

Attempt missed. Craig Forsyth (Derby County) header from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by Jamie Ward with a cross following a corner.

50:05

Corner, Derby County. Conceded by Mustapha Carayol.

50:01

Attempt blocked. Will Hughes (Derby County) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

49:48

Corner, Derby County. Conceded by George Friend.

48:07

Corner, Derby County. Conceded by Richard Smallwood.

45:00

Second Half begins Derby County 1, Middlesbrough 0.

45:00 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Derby County. Jeff Hendrick replaces John Eustace.

45:00 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Middlesbrough. Mustapha Carayol replaces Jacob Butterfield.

45:00 +1:09 Half time

Half Time First Half ends, Derby County 1, Middlesbrough 0.

44:51 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Derby County 1, Middlesbrough 0. Chris Martin (Derby County) header from the left side of the six yard box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Craig Bryson with a cross.

44:23

Will Hughes (Derby County) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

44:23

Foul by Dean Whitehead (Middlesbrough).

43:08

John Eustace (Derby County) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

43:08

Foul by Jacob Butterfield (Middlesbrough).

42:43

Attempt saved. Simon Dawkins (Derby County) left footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom right corner.

40:48

Foul by Chris Martin (Derby County).

40:48

Shay Given (Middlesbrough) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

40:46

Attempt saved. Craig Bryson (Derby County) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top left corner. Assisted by Jamie Ward with a cross.

40:16

Corner, Derby County. Conceded by Kei Kamara.

39:01

Attempt saved. Albert Adomah (Middlesbrough) right footed shot from the right side of the box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Dean Whitehead.

36:15

Offside, Derby County. Simon Dawkins tries a through ball, but Craig Forsyth is caught offside.

34:28

Attempt saved. Craig Bryson (Derby County) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Simon Dawkins.

33:06 Dismissal

Dismissal Second yellow card to Curtis Main (Middlesbrough) for a bad foul.

33:00

Jake Buxton (Derby County) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

33:00

Foul by Curtis Main (Middlesbrough).

31:02

Attempt missed. Will Hughes (Derby County) left footed shot from outside the box is too high.

30:17

Will Hughes (Derby County) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

30:17

Foul by Jacob Butterfield (Middlesbrough).

28:43

Attempt missed. Kei Kamara (Middlesbrough) right footed shot from the centre of the box is too high following a set piece situation.

28:03

Foul by Andre Wisdom (Derby County).

28:03

Curtis Main (Middlesbrough) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

27:08

Attempt missed. Craig Bryson (Derby County) right footed shot from outside the box is too high from a direct free kick.

26:18

Craig Bryson (Derby County) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

26:18

Foul by Dean Whitehead (Middlesbrough).

24:14

Attempt missed. Kei Kamara (Middlesbrough) right footed shot from the right side of the box is high and wide to the right. Assisted by Dean Whitehead.

22:33 Booking

Booking Curtis Main (Middlesbrough) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

22:22

Lee Grant (Derby County) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

22:22

Foul by Curtis Main (Middlesbrough).

21:17

Foul by Richard Keogh (Derby County).

21:17

Curtis Main (Middlesbrough) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

20:40

Hand ball by Jamie Ward (Derby County).

18:47

Attempt missed. Jake Buxton (Derby County) header from very close range is too high. Assisted by Jamie Ward with a cross following a corner.

18:24

Corner, Derby County. Conceded by Rhys Williams.

17:14

Foul by Curtis Main (Middlesbrough).

17:14

Richard Keogh (Derby County) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

14:52

Corner, Derby County. Conceded by Shay Given.

13:53

Attempt saved. Rhys Williams (Middlesbrough) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Albert Adomah.

12:26

Ben Gibson (Middlesbrough) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

12:26

Foul by Chris Martin (Derby County).

11:59

Foul by Curtis Main (Middlesbrough).

11:59

John Eustace (Derby County) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

8:31

Corner, Middlesbrough. Conceded by Richard Keogh.

7:22

Foul by Craig Forsyth (Derby County).

7:22

Rhys Williams (Middlesbrough) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

5:53

Offside, Middlesbrough. Jacob Butterfield tries a through ball, but Kei Kamara is caught offside.

2:39

Will Hughes (Derby County) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

2:39

Foul by Jacob Butterfield (Middlesbrough).

1:33

Corner, Derby County. Conceded by Dean Whitehead.

0:20

Foul by Albert Adomah (Middlesbrough).

0:20

Craig Forsyth (Derby County) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

0:08

Dean Whitehead (Middlesbrough) wins a free kick on the left wing.

0:08

Foul by Will Hughes (Derby County).

0:00

First Half begins.

0:00

Lineups are announced and players are warming up.

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