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Middlesbrough 0-3 Derby County

Matej Vydra
Matej Vydra has now scored 12 goals in 15 appearances in all competitions this season

Matej Vydra scored a hat-trick as Derby beat 10-man Middlesbrough to move into the Championship play-off places.

Vydra smashed a left-footed finish past Darren Randolph following a break to open the scoring early on.

He made it 2-0 from the penalty spot after being caught by Daniel Ayala's trailing leg straight after half-time.

Ayala was sent off for a second yellow card before Vydra seized on a poor Randolph clearance to complete his hat-trick and send the Rams above Boro.

Vydra moved onto 11 Championship goals this season and is now only one strike behind Sheffield United's Leon Clarke in the scoring charts.

His clinical finishing saw Derby leapfrog Boro into sixth place and ensured Garry Monk's side slipped to a sixth league defeat of the season.

The Czech striker, who joined Derby from Watford in August 2016, continued his fine form in front of goal by smashing in Derby's first chance with his left foot.

Boro went close through Britt Assombalonga's header from a corner, but mistakes from Ayala and Randolph were punished by Vydra, meaning Boro drop to seventh.

Middlesbrough manager Garry Monk:

"Talk about shooting yourself in the foot. It was so disappointing to go from playing that well in the first half, where we played some of our best football of the season.

"The one disappointment of the first half was that we weren't ruthless enough. With the chances we created, we should have been winning that game at half-time.

"But the difference was that the one time they were in our half, they were ruthless and clinical with it."

Derby boss Gary Rowett:

"When he (Vydra) gets the ball at his feet and travels, he's a terrific player. He can score with his left foot or his right foot, and he can also head the ball as well. I think he's the best number 10 in the league.

"The most important thing is to get players into a situation where they can play at their best, and I think that's what we've got with him. He's probably a player that needs to feel good about himself.

"He's had a couple of loan moves that didn't really work, so I think he needs to feel that he's valued at the heart of things."

Line-ups

Middlesbrough

  • 25Randolph
  • 22Christie
  • 4AyalaBooked at 60mins
  • 6Gibson
  • 2da SilvaBooked at 53mins
  • 34Forshaw
  • 8Clayton
  • 19DowningSubstituted forBamfordat 80'minutes
  • 10BraithwaiteSubstituted forFryat 67'minutes
  • 21JohnsonSubstituted forTraoréat 55'minutes
  • 9Assombalonga

Substitutes

  • 1Konstantopoulos
  • 3Friend
  • 7Leadbitter
  • 11Bamford
  • 18Fletcher
  • 20Fry
  • 37Traoré

Derby

  • 1Carson
  • 12Baird
  • 6Keogh
  • 33Davies
  • 3Forsyth
  • 44HuddlestoneBooked at 53mins
  • 36LedleyBooked at 77minsSubstituted forRussellat 84'minutes
  • 19Weimann
  • 23VydraSubstituted forThorneat 67'minutes
  • 10Lawrence
  • 28NugentSubstituted forMartinat 67'minutes

Substitutes

  • 7Russell
  • 9Martin
  • 14Wisdom
  • 16Pearce
  • 29Olsson
  • 34Thorne
  • 35Mitchell
Referee:
Simon Hooper
Attendance:
24,607

Match Stats

Home TeamMiddlesbroughAway TeamDerby
Possession
Home59%
Away41%
Shots
Home16
Away13
Shots on Target
Home2
Away8
Corners
Home11
Away6
Fouls
Home12
Away10

Live Text

Match ends, Middlesbrough 0, Derby County 3.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Middlesbrough 0, Derby County 3.

Corner, Middlesbrough. Conceded by Craig Forsyth.

Foul by Patrick Bamford (Middlesbrough).

Curtis Davies (Derby County) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Attempt missed. Chris Martin (Derby County) left footed shot from outside the box is too high. Assisted by Johnny Russell.

Attempt missed. Adama Traoré (Middlesbrough) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the left. Assisted by Adam Clayton.

Attempt saved. Johnny Russell (Derby County) left footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Andreas Weimann.

Corner, Derby County. Conceded by Darren Randolph.

Attempt saved. Tom Lawrence (Derby County) left footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Chris Martin with a through ball.

Cyrus Christie (Middlesbrough) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by George Thorne (Derby County).

Adama Traoré (Middlesbrough) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Andreas Weimann (Derby County).

Attempt missed. Patrick Bamford (Middlesbrough) left footed shot from the left side of the box is high and wide to the left. Assisted by Adama Traoré with a through ball.

Substitution

Substitution, Derby County. Johnny Russell replaces Joe Ledley.

Foul by Patrick Bamford (Middlesbrough).

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

Corner, Derby County. Conceded by Ben Gibson.

Attempt blocked. Andreas Weimann (Derby County) left footed shot from the right side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Chris Martin.

Substitution

Substitution, Middlesbrough. Patrick Bamford replaces Stewart Downing.

Attempt missed. George Thorne (Derby County) left footed shot from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the left.

Attempt missed. Stewart Downing (Middlesbrough) left footed shot from outside the box is too high from a direct free kick.

Booking

Joe Ledley (Derby County) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Adama Traoré (Middlesbrough) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Joe Ledley (Derby County).

Attempt saved. Andreas Weimann (Derby County) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Craig Forsyth.

Attempt missed. Fabio (Middlesbrough) left footed shot from the centre of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Adama Traoré following a corner.

Attempt missed. Adama Traoré (Middlesbrough) right footed shot from the right side of the box misses to the left following a corner.

Attempt missed. Cyrus Christie (Middlesbrough) header from the centre of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Adam Forshaw with a cross following a corner.

Corner, Middlesbrough. Conceded by Craig Forsyth.

Attempt missed. Richard Keogh (Derby County) header from the left side of the six yard box misses to the right. Assisted by Joe Ledley with a cross following a corner.

Corner, Derby County. Conceded by Cyrus Christie.

Attempt blocked. George Thorne (Derby County) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Corner, Derby County. Conceded by Adam Forshaw.

Corner, Middlesbrough. Conceded by Tom Lawrence.

Substitution

Substitution, Middlesbrough. Dael Fry replaces Martin Braithwaite.

Substitution

Substitution, Derby County. George Thorne replaces Matej Vydra.

Substitution

Substitution, Derby County. Chris Martin replaces David Nugent.

Goal!

Goal! Middlesbrough 0, Derby County 3. Matej Vydra (Derby County) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the centre of the goal.

goal

As It Stood

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