Apr 14, 2012 at 3pm UK at ​Pride Park
DerbyDerby 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.

Marvin Emnes
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