Middlesbrough moved into the playoff places after they produced one of the comfortable football scores of the weekend in the Championship. Lee Buchanan turned the ball into his own net to give the home side the lead before Max Bird equalized in the 39th minute. Middlesbrough regained the lead in the 44th minute through Aaron Conolly before Matt Crooks made it three in the second minute of stoppage time. Duncan Whatmore sealed the three points in the 89th minute.
Middlesbrough’s Chris Wilder: “We got a bit sloppy and a bit loose after we went up in the game in terms of possession. They had a certain amount of possession as well but we settled down once we got our noses back in front and it was a great boost to go in at half-time 3-1 up. We kept moving it and yet again Jonah [Jones] has found himself in a great position. We’ve managed to finish that off.”
Derby’s Wayne Rooney: “I thought it was quite an even game first half. I felt we had bits of control of it and we got the equalizer, and we were OK, and then we concede two sloppy goals, we need to look at. I take responsibility for the result because I tried something with Tom Lawrence and Luke Plange, to leave them high up the pitch and try and play a little bit on the counter-attack, and that didn’t pay off. I take full responsibility for that. It is a disappointing result. Middlesbrough is a good team but I didn’t feel there was that much between the two teams.”
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