Middlesbrough 2-2 Derby County: Duane Holmes rescues a point for Rams at Boro

Derby County's Duane Holmes scores
Duane Holmes' equaliser at Middlesbrough was his first goal of the season

Duane Holmes scored a stoppage-time volley to rescue a point for Derby County against a resurgent Middlesbrough at The Riverside.

A stunning 25-yard strike from Lewis Wing, finding the bottom corner of Ben Hamer's goal, gave Boro a deserved first-half lead.

Derby's second-half reply was a fortuitous one, with Jason Knight scoring with what appeared to be a misdirected cross that beat goalkeeper Aynsley Pears and went in off the post.

Paddy McNair then restored Boro's lead from the spot after a mazy run from Patrick Roberts was clumsily ended by Matthew Clarke in the box.

But Derby, a side being directed around the pitch by England's record goalscorer Wayne Rooney, had time to snatch a point - which Holmes did with his 91st-minute effort.

A share of the spoils left the two resurgent teams equal on points, with Boro 16th in the table and Derby just one place below.

Middlesbrough, a side looking for a fifth successive league win, were brightest in the first half, and while Wing sent a header wide from close range in the opening minute, he quickly atoned - meeting a flicked pass from Marcus Tavernier on the edge of the area before bending a low shot home.

Boro keeper Pears ensured the hosts maintained that lead at the break, rushing off his line to foil Martyn Waghorn as he ran through on goal.

The Rams were fortunate not to be two down by half-time after Manchester City loanee winger Patrick Roberts lashed off target from six yards out.

Knight, whose first two goals as a professional footballer earned Derby a win over Charlton on 30 December, then levelled with a cross-come-shot.

McNair looked to have sealed the points from the spot against a side that has failed to win a league game away from home since the opening weekend of the season, but Holmes earned Phillip Cocu's Rams a draw that extends their unbeaten run to five in all competitions.

Middlesbrough manager Jonathan Woodgate told BBC Radio Tees:

"It feels like a defeat if I am going to be honest with you.

"It happens, it's football. I thought we outstanding first half and you know that's the only complaint I have of my team of not putting the game to bed.

"Not getting more goals and winning the game by two of three goals.

"Last minute of the game, (Holmes) goes and puts one in, an unbelievable volley. Paul Scholes-esqe really. So it feels like a defeat but it's important I pick the players up.

"We are trying to build something here and I am sure the fans have come to the stadium today thought the boys are playing well, they are doing what we want to do as a team, but it takes time."

Derby County manager Phillip Cocu told BBC Radio Derby:

"It was a great strike, it's a difficult ball because he (Holmes) has quite some time before he has to hit it and normally its easier if you just have a split second.

"Our first half was not that good, that's was the Derby County I don't want to see. I think Middlesbrough showed more desire.

"In the end I think we definitely deserved a point here.

"From my angle it is clear that Matt (Clarke) plays the ball because it changes direction. From my point of view it's a ridiculous penalty."



  • 42Pears
  • 16Howson
  • 17McNair
  • 6Fry
  • 29Spence
  • 26Wing
  • 22Saville
  • 33CoulsonBooked at 79mins
  • 19RobertsSubstituted forNmechaat 80'minutes
  • 7Tavernier
  • 11FletcherSubstituted forGestedeat 90'minutes


  • 1Mejias
  • 8Clayton
  • 14Gestede
  • 20Nmecha
  • 21Johnson
  • 25Wood
  • 37Liddle


  • 12Hamer
  • 37Bogle
  • 33Davies
  • 16ClarkeBooked at 39mins
  • 25Lowe
  • 41Bird
  • 32Rooney
  • 23Holmes
  • 10LawrenceSubstituted forWhittakerat 86'minutes
  • 38KnightSubstituted forMartinat 83'minutes
  • 9WaghornBooked at 44mins


  • 2Wisdom
  • 3Forsyth
  • 19Martin
  • 21Roos
  • 44Huddlestone
  • 46Malone
  • 49Whittaker
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Match Stats

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Match ends, Middlesbrough 2, Derby County 2.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Middlesbrough 2, Derby County 2.

Attempt saved. Lukas Nmecha (Middlesbrough) header from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Marcus Tavernier with a cross.


Goal! Middlesbrough 2, Derby County 2. Duane Holmes (Derby County) right footed shot from outside the box to the bottom right corner.


Substitution, Middlesbrough. Rudy Gestede replaces Ashley Fletcher.

Foul by Martyn Waghorn (Derby County).

Aynsley Pears (Middlesbrough) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Ben Hamer (Derby County) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by George Saville (Middlesbrough).

Corner, Middlesbrough. Conceded by Matthew Clarke.

Wayne Rooney (Derby County) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by George Saville (Middlesbrough).


Substitution, Derby County. Morgan Whittaker replaces Tom Lawrence.

Offside, Derby County. Chris Martin tries a through ball, but Martyn Waghorn is caught offside.

Offside, Middlesbrough. Lewis Wing tries a through ball, but Lukas Nmecha is caught offside.

Attempt blocked. Wayne Rooney (Derby County) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.


Substitution, Derby County. Chris Martin replaces Jason Knight.

Foul by Max Lowe (Derby County).

Djed Spence (Middlesbrough) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Duane Holmes (Derby County).

Ashley Fletcher (Middlesbrough) wins a free kick in the defensive half.


Substitution, Middlesbrough. Lukas Nmecha replaces Patrick Roberts.


Hayden Coulson (Middlesbrough) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Martyn Waghorn (Derby County) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Hayden Coulson (Middlesbrough).

Corner, Derby County. Conceded by Djed Spence.

Attempt missed. Lewis Wing (Middlesbrough) right footed shot from outside the box is too high. Assisted by Ashley Fletcher.

Foul by Jayden Bogle (Derby County).

Hayden Coulson (Middlesbrough) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Tom Lawrence (Derby County).

Ashley Fletcher (Middlesbrough) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Wayne Rooney (Derby County).

Jonny Howson (Middlesbrough) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Jason Knight (Derby County).

George Saville (Middlesbrough) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Jason Knight (Derby County) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Marcus Tavernier (Middlesbrough).


Goal! Middlesbrough 2, Derby County 1. Patrick McNair (Middlesbrough) converts the penalty with a right footed shot to the bottom left corner.

Penalty conceded by Matthew Clarke (Derby County) after a foul in the penalty area.

Penalty Middlesbrough. Patrick Roberts draws a foul in the penalty area.


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