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Riverside Stadium (ATT 15,234) 5th April 2014 - Kick off 15:00

M'boro Middlesbrough vs Derby County Derby

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Championship: Middlesbrough claim victory over Derby thanks to Nathaniel Chalobah

Last Updated: 05/04/14 5:15pm

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Nathaniel Chalobah: Scored as Middlesbrough beat Derby

Nathaniel Chalobah: Scored as Middlesbrough beat Derby

Middlesbrough spoilt Steve McClaren's first return to the Riverside as they snatched a 1-0 win over his promotion-chasing Derby.

McClaren, who guided Boro to League Cup glory and the UEFA Cup final in his spell as boss of the Teessiders, was warmly received by the fans before the game.

But there were no gifts once the match kicked off as Boro battled to edge a close-fought game with a well-taken second-half goal from Nathaniel Chalobah.

Boro created the first real chance on 15 minutes after a cagey start as a neat touch by Lee Tomlin sent Danny Graham into the box, but he fired over.

After a good spell of home pressure, Derby broke out to threaten on 27 minutes when a quick ball from Patrick Bamford picked out a run to the edge of the box by Chris Martin but, as he unleashed, defender Ben Gibson came sliding in to block and the shot looped into the arms of the goalkeeper.

Boro had a half-chance on 33 minutes as Luke Williams put a low cross into a crowded Derby box and, in a scramble, Kenneth Omeruo had a stabbed shot blocked by Andre Wisdom six yards out.

The hosts then had a golden chance two minutes later as good work by Graham sent Tomlin clear to the edge of the box but, with time and space, he fired a weak shot straight at the keeper.

Derby finished the half strongly and went close on 43 minutes as Bamford squared into the box for Martin, but Omeruo arrived with a crunching tackle to block. Then, when the loose ball fell for George Thorne, he cracked in a stinging 30-yard shot that keeper Dimi Konstantopoulos palmed away.

The visitors went close soon after the restart as Bryson broke forward only to drill a 20-yard effort straight at Konstantopoulos, then Bamford headed a cross over at the far post.

And Derby went close on 62 minutes as a Bamford shot was charged down and bounced to Andre Wisdom on the edge of the box but his effort curled just outside the post.

Boro went close soon after as a Chalobah ball sent Albert Adomah racing into the box to poke just wide under pressure from defender Jake Buxton.

The deadlock was finally broken on 69 minutes as Emmanuel Ledesma cut in from the right and threaded a ball in for on-loan Chelsea midfielder Chalobah to rifle a low shot inside the far post - his first goal for the club.

Derby may have levelled on 85 minutes as Conor Sammon floated a free-kick to the far post, but a stretching Buxton poked wide.

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Sky Bet Championship

Sky Bet Championship
Pos Team P Pts
1 Bournemouth 27 51
2 Derby County 27 51
3 Middlesbrough 27 50
4 Ipswich Town 27 50
5 Brentford 27 49
6 Watford 27 47
7 Wolverhampton Wanderers 27 44
8 Norwich City 27 43
9 Sheffield Wednesday 27 38
10 Blackburn Rovers 27 36
11 Birmingham City 27 36
12 Nottingham Forest 27 34
13 Cardiff City 27 34
14 Fulham 27 34
15 Huddersfield Town 27 34
16 Bolton Wanderers 27 33
17 Charlton Athletic 27 32
18 Reading 27 31
19 Brighton and Hove Albion 27 29
20 Leeds United 27 29
21 Rotherham United 27 29
22 Millwall 27 24
23 Wigan Athletic 27 21
24 Blackpool 27 17