Middlesbrough 1-0 Derby LIVE: Boro looking to preserve lead through Assombalongas goal – Teesside Live

Dom Shaw’s first-half player ratings

Bettinelli – 6

You know the drill….quiet. Flapped at one cross but otherwise solid.

Dijksteel – 7

Very solid defensively and looking to join the attack.

Fry – 7

Comfortable and composed

McNair – 7

See Fry. Has looked to move forward in possession when possible.

Bola – 7

Couple of crosses from the right that haven’t been blocked but generally solid again and tidy with the ball.

Howson – 8

Excellent. Full of energy. It was Howson’s cross that was nodded down for the goal.

Saville – 8

On more than one occasion his pressing has forced Derby into mistakes.

Tavernier – 7

Comfortable in possession and looking threatening on the right, has linked up well with Roberts.

Roberts – 7

Busy, asking questions of Derby. Teed up Assombalonga for an early chance. Taken a touch too many on a couple of occasions.

Watmore – 7

Quiet in the early stages but working hard on the left and showed good awareness in the box to nod down for the Assombalonga goal.

Assombalonga – 7

Instinctively on hand to prod Boro ahead.