Match ends, Derby County 1, Middlesbrough 1.
Derby County 1-1 Middlesbrough: Rams held by play-off rivals Boro
Promotions rivals Derby County and Middlesbrough had to settle for a point each in a game of missed opportunities at Pride Park.
Harry Wilson gave the Rams the ideal start to 2019, putting them ahead with a fiercely stuck low shot from the edge of the area inside two minutes.
Jordan Hugill levelled early in the second half, flashing a header past goalkeeper Scott Carson after meeting a delightfully weighted cross from George Friend.
Danny Batth should have put Boro in front moment later, only for Carson to foil the defender from point-blank range, while David Nugent was equally wasteful when he fired straight at Darren Randolph late on.
The stalemate leaves Boro fifth and the Rams sixth in the table and equal on points.
While Lampard named an unchanged side following Saturday's astonishing 4-3 comeback win at Norwich, the visitors were forced into a late reshuffle in defence as Batth replaced Aden Flint after he pulled up injured in the warm up.
Derby were quick to breach the Championship's best defence, with Liverpool loanee Wilson meeting a finely threaded pass from Jack Marriott before lashing home his 10th goal of the season.
Neither goalkeeper was seriously tested for what remained of the opening 45 minutes, although Derby's defence were made to scramble to block efforts from Hugill and Lewis Wing.
The first-half ended with a heavy late challenge from George Saville on Jack Marriott that saw the Boro midfielder shown a yellow card and left the Rams forward writhing in pain on the floor, which promoted both sets of players to angrily come together.
Wilson was an early second-half casualty, having to come off because of an injury to his left leg before Boro hit-back through Hugill.
The visitors, who were looking to avoid a fifth defeat in eight matches in all competitions, came close when Batth ghosted into the box for their best chance to win the game.
But just as the defender made it easy for Carson with his poorly directed header, Rams substitute and former Boro striker Nugent failed to test Randolph after racing onto a neatly squared pass from Andre Wisdom with four minutes remaining.
Derby manager Frank Lampard said George Saville was lucky not to be sent off: "It felt like a red card to me at the time and it was a dangerous tackle so I think they slightly got away with that one.
"We played really well for the first portion of the game. It was a great team goal and we slightly let them off the hook after that.
"We came off it, we got a bit sloppy with our passing first half and gave Middlesbrough a feeling they were in the game.
"We were looking after the ball so well but we came off that and they got their equaliser. Small details can be the difference so it's a big lesson for the players on that one."
Middlesbrough manager Tony Pulis: "We were disappointed to lose Aden just before kick-off, that was a massive blow, and I think we started like it.
"We were very much on the back foot at the back. They got the goal after two minutes but the response of the players was fabulous and I think we took control then for long periods and Danny Batth's chance was the best of the game and he should score.
"The players have worked tremendously hard, especially after such an early setback.
"To give them a leg-up you think 'blimey, this is going to be a long afternoon' but they showed great character and the midfielders swarmed all over Derby at times."
- 7H WilsonSubstituted forHuddlestoneat 49'minutes
- 17EvansSubstituted forNugentat 77'minutes
- 9WaghornSubstituted forHolmesat 69'minutes
- 37BesicBooked at 73mins
- 22SavilleBooked at 45minsSubstituted forDowningat 71'minutes
- 11HugillSubstituted forAssombalongaat 87'minutes
- Robert Jones
- Shots on Target
Second Half ends, Derby County 1, Middlesbrough 1.
Corner, Derby County. Conceded by Dael Fry.
Duane Holmes (Derby County) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
Foul by Adam Clayton (Middlesbrough).
Substitution, Middlesbrough. Britt Assombalonga replaces Jordan Hugill.
Attempt missed. Mason Mount (Derby County) left footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by Duane Holmes.
Attempt saved. David Nugent (Derby County) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Andre Wisdom.
Tom Huddlestone (Derby County) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Foul by Stewart Downing (Middlesbrough).
Attempt missed. Tom Huddlestone (Derby County) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the left.
Corner, Derby County. Conceded by Dael Fry.
Substitution, Derby County. David Nugent replaces George Evans.
Attempt missed. Duane Holmes (Derby County) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the left. Assisted by Andre Wisdom.
Attempt missed. Jayden Bogle (Derby County) right footed shot from outside the box is too high. Assisted by Mason Mount following a set piece situation.
Muhamed Besic (Middlesbrough) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.
Duane Holmes (Derby County) wins a free kick on the left wing.
Foul by Muhamed Besic (Middlesbrough).
Offside, Middlesbrough. George Friend tries a through ball, but Stewart Downing is caught offside.
Substitution, Middlesbrough. Stewart Downing replaces George Saville.
Offside, Derby County. Jayden Bogle tries a through ball, but Jack Marriott is caught offside.
Substitution, Derby County. Duane Holmes replaces Martyn Waghorn.
Corner, Derby County. Conceded by Danny Batth.
Richard Keogh (Derby County) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Foul by Jordan Hugill (Middlesbrough).
Foul by Fikayo Tomori (Derby County).
Adam Clayton (Middlesbrough) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
Foul by Jack Marriott (Derby County).
Danny Batth (Middlesbrough) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Attempt missed. Daniel Ayala (Middlesbrough) header from the right side of the six yard box is too high. Assisted by Muhamed Besic following a corner.
Corner, Middlesbrough. Conceded by Jayden Bogle.
Attempt saved. Danny Batth (Middlesbrough) header from the left side of the six yard box is saved in the centre of the goal.
Attempt blocked. Jordan Hugill (Middlesbrough) header from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Lewis Wing.
Foul by Tom Huddlestone (Derby County).
Jordan Hugill (Middlesbrough) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
Goal! Derby County 1, Middlesbrough 1. Jordan Hugill (Middlesbrough) header from the centre of the box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by George Friend with a cross.
Foul by Jayden Bogle (Derby County).
Jonny Howson (Middlesbrough) wins a free kick on the left wing.
Corner, Derby County. Conceded by Daniel Ayala.
Delay over. They are ready to continue.