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A Lewis Wing strike and a Paddy McNair penalty had put the Teessiders in control against County, but the away side struck with a late leveller in second half stoppage time through Duane Holmes.

Boro absolutely dominated the first half, and the only disappointment was that it was only 1-0 at half-time.

Inside the first minute Wing glanced a header wide from a Patrick Roberts corner and Ashley Fletcher shot wide after Djed Spence outmuscled Wayne Rooney to win the ball.

Jonny Howson also sent an effort over the top after Fletcher had pressured Derby goalkeeper Ben Hamer into clearing hastily away from the goal.

Boro were deservedly in front after 15 minutes of domination. More good build-up play allowed Wing a sight of goal from 22 yards out and he was able to pick his spot with a pin-point strike.

Hayden Coulson had the visitors at sixes and sevens with an excellent ball into the box and the resultant corner led to a goalmouth scramble that was eventually resolved by the referee’s whistle earning Derby some respite.

It was a full half-hour before Aynsley Pears was called upon and the Boro keeper had to react well to deny Martyn Waghorn after the ball squirmed into the striker’s path.

Boro had another opportunity before the break when Fletcher pulled the ball back for Roberts, but the youngster couldn’t direct his shot on target, and Wing also tried his luck again from distance with a shot which went just over the top. 

Hamer also had to claw away an in-swinging corner from underneath his own bar as Woodgate’s side looked for a second goal before the break.

It was Derby who started the second half on the front foot, though, and they were level within 10 minutes of the re-start, courtesy of a well-placed Jason Knight strike which went over the head of Pears.

Former England skipper Rooney went close for the visitors with a free-kick straight off the training ground, but it was a foul at the other end moments later that proved decisive.

Roberts cleverly weaving his way through to goal when he was brought down by Matthew Clarke and referee Tim Robinson showed no hesitation in pointing to the spot. Up stepped McNair to drill the ball home.

More good Boro play led to Wing having an opportunity, but he fired wide. However Woodgate's side were denied all three points when Dael Fry's header was cleared only as far as the edge of the box, and Holmes stroked a volley home into the bottom corner.