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Derby Derby County vs Middlesbrough M'boro

Derby 3

M Jacobs (19)
J Hendrick (42)
C Sammon (65)

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M'boro 1

L Jutkiewicz (90+2)

Derby derailed Middlesbrough's Championship promotion push with a 3-1 home win

Last Updated: 01/01/13 6:22pm

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Jeff Hendrick: Scored Derby's second goal

Jeff Hendrick: Scored Derby's second goal

Derby derailed Middlesbrough's promotion push with a 3-1 home win and first victory in four Championship matches.

Young midfield duo Michael Jacobs and Jeff Hendrick did the damage with first-half goals before Conor Sammon scored midway through the second half to seal the three points and keep the Rams well positioned to mount a play-off challenge in 2013.

Boro arrived at Pride Park having won four of their last five league games but Tony Mowbray's team suffered an off-day in the east Midlands.

Middlesbrough created very little and the margin of victory for Derby might have been greater, with a Ben Davies free-kick striking the crossbar and Jason Steele saving when one-on-one with Sammon.

The visitors did pull a goal back in injury time through Lukas Jutkiewicz but it was too little, too late.

Jacobs had a goalbound effort blocked by Jonathan Woodgate and saw a 20-yard shot narrowly miss before getting on the scoresheet in the 19th minute.

Davies picked out Jacobs just inside the box and the 21-year-old confidently stroked a right-foot shot into the bottom corner of the net.

Hendrick flashed a shot inches wide shortly afterwards before the 20-year-old found the target after 42 minutes, sending a screamer of a shot into the top right-hand corner of the net from the edge of the area.

The third goal finally arrived after 65 minutes. Another of the Rams' impressive youngsters, Will Hughes, showed good feet in the penalty area before Jacobs' shot was saved by Steele and Sammon was on hand to tap home the loose ball.

Home keeper Adam Legzdins was called into a rare piece of action with 15 minutes remaining, pushing away Ishmael Miller's stinging shot.

Substitute Miller did make a difference when he came on and it was he who set up Jutkiewicz for a tap in in the second minute of added time with a cross from the left wing.

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Sky Bet Championship

Sky Bet Championship
Pos Team P Pts
1 Bournemouth 39 73
2 Watford 39 72
3 Middlesbrough 39 72
4 Norwich City 39 70
5 Derby County 39 67
6 Ipswich Town 39 67
7 Brentford 39 66
8 Wolverhampton Wanderers 39 65
9 Nottingham Forest 39 57
10 Blackburn Rovers 39 54
11 Charlton Athletic 39 54
12 Sheffield Wednesday 39 53
13 Leeds United 39 52
14 Cardiff City 39 51
15 Birmingham City 38 47
16 Brighton and Hove Albion 39 45
17 Bolton Wanderers 39 45
18 Huddersfield Town 39 44
19 Reading 38 44
20 Fulham 39 43
21 Rotherham United 39 40
22 Wigan Athletic 39 35
23 Millwall 39 33
24 Blackpool 39 23