Apr 14, 2012 at 3pm UK at ‚ÄčPride Park
Derby County
0-1
Middlesbrough

Shackell (89')
FT

Bailey (40')

Result: Derby County 0-1 Middlesbrough

Middlesbrough players
© PA Photos
Substitute Curtis Main strikes 10 minutes from time at Derby to keep Middlesbrough's hopes of a play-off place alive.

Middlesbrough have kept alive their hopes of snatching a play-off place thanks to substitute Curtis Main's winner 10 minutes from time at Derby County.

The game began evenly with both sides sending efforts over the crossbar before Boro forward Lukas Jutkiewicz thought he'd grabbed the game's opening goal.

The Englishman rounded Rams keeper Frank Fielding and fired low only to see his effort cleared off the line by Jake Buxton.

Soon after Tony McMahon hit the bar with a 25-yard free kick as the visitors pushed for an opener.

Derby's main threat came from young striker Theo Robinson, who troubled the Boro defence but failed to really test Jason Steele.

In the early stages of the second 45, Fielding denied Jutkiewicz well from close range as Tony Mowbray's men continued to dominate.

They took the lead in the 80th minute when Main, who had only been on the field for three minutes, was set free left of centre, took a touch to control before drilling past Fielding.

The win sees Boro move one place from the playoffs and the Teesside club are now two points shy of Cardiff in sixth while Derby drop two places to 13th.

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4Middlesbrough4625101168373185
5Brentford462391478591978
6Ipswich TownIpswich4622121272541878
7Wolverhampton WanderersWolves4622121270561478
8Derby CountyDerby4621141185562977
9Blackburn RoversBlackburn461716136659767
10Birmingham CityBirmingham461615155464-1063
11Cardiff CityCardiff461614165761-462
12Charlton AthleticCharlton461418145460-660
13Sheffield WednesdaySheff Weds461418144349-660
14Nottingham ForestNott'm Forest461514177169259
15Leeds UnitedLeeds461511205061-1156
16Huddersfield TownHuddersfield451315175875-1754
17Fulham461410226283-2152
18Bolton WanderersBolton461312215467-1351
19Reading461311224869-2150
20Brighton & Hove AlbionBrighton461017194454-1047
21Rotherham UnitedRotherham461116194667-2146
RMillwall46914234276-3441
RWigan AthleticWigan46912253964-2539
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