MIDDLESBROUGH bounced back from losing their unbeaten league record to finally ditch their Riverside woes this season.
Goals either side of half-time from Rhys Williams and Marvin Emnes ensured Boro kept up their unbeaten home record this season with victory over npower Championship rivals Derby at the Riverside.
Williams netted the opener after 45 minutes before Emnes notched his sixth of the season seven minutes after the interval to ensure Boro returned to winning ways following their 2-0 away defeat to Nottingham Forest.
The three points gave Boro their first win in six league matches and lifts Tony Mowbray’s side up to second.
And Mowbray was just relieved to have put his team’s mini-slump behind them.
“We had to bounce back, but also had to start winning games at home. It has been very frustrating for us in recent weeks,” he said.
“And we made it hard work for ourselves. We played well, got the goals and looked comfortable for 70 minutes, then shot ourselves in the foot, stayed deep and invited pressure.
“It was a tense final 20 minutes and I think Derby hit the woodwork four times. Jason Steele had to make a few very good saves.
“So it wasn’t a great performance, but we’ll take the win.
“We played far better as a team against both Ipswich and Leicester and only got one point in those games, but that’s football.”
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