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Derby County 2-0 Middlesbrough: Tom Lawrence double sinks 10-man Boro

Jonathan Woodgate
Jonathan Woodgate has managed just two wins since becoming Middlesbrough manager in the summer

Struggling Middlesbrough's winless run was extended to eight games as they lost 2-0 at Derby County.

Tom Lawrence scored both goals for the Rams, his first since being convicted for drink-driving after his involvement in a car crash which saw former Derby captain Richard Keogh seriously injured.

The 25-year-old former Leicester City player, capped 20 times by Wales, opened the scoring when he slotted in from the edge of the box.

Boro's task was made even harder when George Saville was sent off for a nasty late challenge on Krystian Bielik after 30 minutes.

Lawrence wrapped up the win late on as he interchanged passes with Omar Bogle, beat a couple of defenders and shot home left-footed.

The result meant Middlesbrough are now two points adrift of safety and two places off the bottom of the Championship table, while the Rams are up to 15th place.

While Boro's form is still poor Derby's revival continues - they have now won four of their past seven matches having not won any of their seven games prior to that.

The visitors almost took the lead in the first two minutes as Britt Assombalonga intercepted a poor backpass and rounded the keeper, but his effort was superbly blocked by Matthew Clarke.

But after Lawrence's opener Derby had all the chances - Curtis Davies' header forcing a good save from Aynsley Pears, while Jack Marriott had three efforts in the final 15 minutes of the first half.

The short-handed visitors failed to trouble Derby after the break as the hosts spurned a host of opportunities, Chris Martin, Duane Holmes and Lawrence all going close to increasing the lead.

Derby County manager Phillip Cocu told BBC Radio Derby:

"It was a shaking start. If they scored the first goal in two minutes it would have been an extremely hard game.

"I think after the first moment we got in the game very good.

"As a team they don't concede a lot of goals.

"We scored a good goal, after that it was just keep on playing, don't go down in the rhythm and the pace, and keep trying to push for a second one.

"We had to be patient. In the end you could see they couldn't run the gaps and we created a lot of chances on goal."

Middlesbrough manager Jonathan Woodgate told BBC Radio Tees:

"People say the league table tells the truth, it's not. It's lying at the minute.

"We have had chances to score goals, we have missed opportunities, we have had referee's decisions not go in our favour.

"We have seen where we are. The players need to look at themselves. I look at myself constantly and the players need to do that as well.

"At the start it was decent, until we got a man sent off, that's when it was a different ball game.

"It is frustrating, really frustrating when you get top chances in the last four games - we should be scoring them goals."

Line-ups

Derby

  • 21Roos
  • 37Bogle
  • 33Davies
  • 16Clarke
  • 46MaloneSubstituted forLoweat 85'minutes
  • 4Shinnie
  • 5BielikSubstituted forEvansat 53'minutes
  • 14Marriott
  • 23Holmes
  • 10Lawrence
  • 19MartinSubstituted forWaghornat 67'minutes

Substitutes

  • 2Wisdom
  • 7Paterson
  • 8Dowell
  • 9Waghorn
  • 12Hamer
  • 17Evans
  • 25Lowe

Middlesbrough

  • 42Pears
  • 17McNairBooked at 15mins
  • 4Ayala
  • 6Fry
  • 16Howson
  • 7Tavernier
  • 26WingSubstituted forCoulsonat 79'minutes
  • 22SavilleBooked at 32mins
  • 21JohnsonSubstituted forWalkerat 79'minutes
  • 10BrowneSubstituted forDijksteelat 35'minutes
  • 9Assombalonga

Substitutes

  • 1Mejias
  • 2Dijksteel
  • 8Clayton
  • 25Wood
  • 33Coulson
  • 36Walker
  • 37Liddle
Referee:
Darren Bond
Attendance:
26,293

Match Stats

Home TeamDerbyAway TeamMiddlesbrough
Possession
Home61%
Away39%
Shots
Home23
Away10
Shots on Target
Home10
Away1
Corners
Home6
Away2
Fouls
Home10
Away13

Live Text

Match ends, Derby County 2, Middlesbrough 0.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Derby County 2, Middlesbrough 0.

Corner, Derby County. Conceded by Anfernee Dijksteel.

Attempt saved. Max Lowe (Derby County) left footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the top centre of the goal.

Attempt saved. Tom Lawrence (Derby County) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Jayden Bogle with a cross.

Foul by Duane Holmes (Derby County).

Marcus Tavernier (Middlesbrough) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Attempt blocked. Tom Lawrence (Derby County) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Foul by Graeme Shinnie (Derby County).

Marcus Tavernier (Middlesbrough) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Tom Lawrence (Derby County) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Anfernee Dijksteel (Middlesbrough).

Substitution

Substitution, Derby County. Max Lowe replaces Scott Malone.

Goal!

Goal! Derby County 2, Middlesbrough 0. Tom Lawrence (Derby County) left footed shot from the left side of the six yard box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Jayden Bogle.

Attempt blocked. Marcus Tavernier (Middlesbrough) right footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Jonny Howson.

Attempt saved. Martyn Waghorn (Derby County) header from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Graeme Shinnie with a cross.

Corner, Derby County. Conceded by Aynsley Pears.

Attempt saved. Jayden Bogle (Derby County) right footed shot from a difficult angle on the right is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by George Evans.

Substitution

Substitution, Middlesbrough. Hayden Coulson replaces Lewis Wing.

Substitution

Substitution, Middlesbrough. Stephen Walker replaces Marvin Johnson.

Foul by Jack Marriott (Derby County).

Marvin Johnson (Middlesbrough) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Attempt saved. Tom Lawrence (Derby County) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top centre of the goal.

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

Foul by Daniel Ayala (Middlesbrough).

Foul by Graeme Shinnie (Derby County).

Anfernee Dijksteel (Middlesbrough) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Corner, Derby County. Conceded by Anfernee Dijksteel.

Hand ball by Patrick McNair (Middlesbrough).

Substitution

Substitution, Derby County. Martyn Waghorn replaces Chris Martin.

George Evans (Derby County) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Marvin Johnson (Middlesbrough).

Attempt blocked. Marcus Tavernier (Middlesbrough) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Foul by Jayden Bogle (Derby County).

Marcus Tavernier (Middlesbrough) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Jayden Bogle (Derby County) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Britt Assombalonga (Middlesbrough).

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

Attempt missed. Daniel Ayala (Middlesbrough) left footed shot from a difficult angle on the left is close, but misses the top left corner following a corner.

Corner, Middlesbrough. Conceded by Matthew Clarke.

goal

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