1. Boro do one over Derby at the top end of the table
It soon became clear that it was going to be a rather one sided game at the Riverside on Saturday. Middlesbrough striker Patrick Bamford gave his side the lead in the opening exchanges and they controlled large spells of the game before doubling their lead. Derby boss Steve McClaren admitted despite it being an off day for the Rams, their opponents had done the job on them. Derby were far from their free flowing best and this is all credit to Aitor Karanka and the players who should exceptional work rate to nullify this threat. The win extended Boro’s unbeaten run to eight games, whilst gave Derby a second defeat on the road in succession. It also meant that Middlesbrough leapfrogged Derby in the table although they sit behind Bournemouth on goal difference. With Ipswich, Forest and Blackburn to come in the busy festive period this was a massive result for the men from Teesside.