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Derby County 1-1 Middlesbrough: Rams held by play-off rivals Boro

Harry Wilson
Harry Wilson has scored 10 goals this season

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."

Line-ups

Derby

Formation 4-3-3

  • 1Carson
  • 37Bogle
  • 6Keogh
  • 5Tomori
  • 2Wisdom
  • 7WilsonSubstituted forHuddlestoneat 49'minutes
  • 17EvansSubstituted forNugentat 77'minutes
  • 8Mount
  • 9WaghornSubstituted forHolmesat 69'minutes
  • 14Marriott
  • 11Jozefzoon

Substitutes

  • 4Bryson
  • 16Pearce
  • 21Roos
  • 23Holmes
  • 25Lowe
  • 28Nugent
  • 44Huddlestone

Middlesbrough

Formation 4-2-3-1

  • 23Randolph
  • 20Fry
  • 4Ayala
  • 6Batth
  • 3Friend
  • 37BesicBooked at 73mins
  • 8Clayton
  • 16Howson
  • 26Wing
  • 22SavilleBooked at 45minsSubstituted forDowningat 71'minutes
  • 11HugillSubstituted forAssombalongaat 87'minutes

Substitutes

  • 9Assombalonga
  • 17McNair
  • 18Fletcher
  • 19Downing
  • 28Tavernier
  • 31Lonergan
  • 39Gestede
Referee:
Robert Jones
Attendance:
28,123

Match Stats

Home TeamDerbyAway TeamMiddlesbrough
Possession
Home62%
Away38%
Shots
Home8
Away11
Shots on Target
Home2
Away2
Corners
Home4
Away5
Fouls
Home8
Away12

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Derby County 1, Middlesbrough 1.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Derby County 1, Middlesbrough 1.

  3. Post update

    Corner, Derby County. Conceded by Dael Fry.

  4. Post update

    Duane Holmes (Derby County) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  5. Post update

    Foul by Adam Clayton (Middlesbrough).

  6. Substitution

    Substitution, Middlesbrough. Britt Assombalonga replaces Jordan Hugill.

  7. Post update

    Attempt missed. Mason Mount (Derby County) left footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by Duane Holmes.

  8. Post update

    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.

  9. Post update

    Tom Huddlestone (Derby County) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  10. Post update

    Foul by Stewart Downing (Middlesbrough).

  11. Post update

    Attempt missed. Tom Huddlestone (Derby County) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the left.

  12. Post update

    Corner, Derby County. Conceded by Dael Fry.

  13. Substitution

    Substitution, Derby County. David Nugent replaces George Evans.

  14. Post update

    Attempt missed. Duane Holmes (Derby County) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the left. Assisted by Andre Wisdom.

  15. Post update

    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.

  16. Booking

    Muhamed Besic (Middlesbrough) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

  17. Post update

    Duane Holmes (Derby County) wins a free kick on the left wing.

  18. Post update

    Foul by Muhamed Besic (Middlesbrough).

  19. Post update

    Offside, Middlesbrough. George Friend tries a through ball, but Stewart Downing is caught offside.

  20. Substitution

    Substitution, Middlesbrough. Stewart Downing replaces George Saville.

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Leeds26156544281651
2Norwich26147548341449
3Sheff Utd26145745281747
4West Brom26137654342046
5Middlesbrough261110528181043
6Derby2612773832643
7Nottm Forest26912539291039
8Birmingham26912538281039
9QPR2611693334-139
10Aston Villa2691164940938
11Bristol City2610883228438
12Swansea26106103531436
13Hull26106103633336
14Stoke2681173031-135
15Blackburn2681083341-834
16Sheff Wed2688103242-1032
17Preston2678113843-529
18Brentford26610103636028
19Millwall2677123341-828
20Wigan2675142540-1526
21Rotherham26510112541-1625
22Bolton2657141738-2122
23Reading2648142841-1320
24Ipswich2629152146-2515
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