Derby see off Boro’ 3-1

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Derby County secured a deserved first win in four games to move to within three points of the Championship play-off places by beating Middlesbrough 3-1 and damaging their automatic promotion hopes.

The Rams dominated early on and Michael Jacobs’ close-range shot made it 1-0.

Fellow midfielder Jeff Hendrick added a second before the break, firing the ball into the corner from 20 yards.

Conor Sammon tapped home a third and Derby eased to victory, although Lukas Jutkiewicz did net for Boro late on.