Johnson '22(p) , 59
TWO goals from Adam Johnson eased Boro to a comfortable win and to within a point of the top as both Newcastle and West Brom lost
Middlesbrough: Jones; Hoyte, Wheater (Capt), St Ledger, Bennett, O'Neil, Williams, Digard (Yeates 81), A Johnson, Lita, Aliadiere (Emnes 89). Unused subs: Coyne (gk); Pogatetz, Grounds, McMahon, Walker.
Derby County: Bywater; Connolly, Leacock, Moxey, McEveley (Croft 20), Barker, Teale (Mills 77), Savage (Capt), Commons (Dickov 11), Livermore, Hulse. Unused subs: Deeney (gk); Buxton, Hendrie.
Referee: Jonathan Moss
Middlesbrough: Williams, 74, foul; Lita, 80, dissent; Wheater, 84, foul.
Derby: Hulse, 76, dissent; Connolly, 83, dissent.
Attendance: 17,459 (359 Derby)
Conditions: Cool and damp with a gentle breeze.
Website Boro Man of the Match: Leroy Lita