Michael Jacobs (19 mins)
Jeff Hendrick (42 mins)
Conor Sammon (65 mins)
Lukas Jutkiewicz ((90 + 2 mins) mins)
, Jan 1, 2013
Ground: Pride Park Stadium , Kickoff: 15:00 , Att 22,523
Ward out again Jamie Ward will sit out Derby's first fixture of 2013 against Middlesbrough at Pride Park despite making his long-awaited comeback from injury at the weekend.
Ward was in the Rams squad for the first time against Charlton on Saturday since suffering a hamstring strain in September.
The Northern Ireland forward came off the bench in the 68th minute at The Valley and four minutes later scored the penalty that earned Nigel Clough's side a 1-1 draw.
However, it proved to be just a brief cameo appearance as Ward was himself substituted after 83 minutes as a precautionary measure after complaining of tightness in his hamstring.
Mark O'Brien was only fit enough for the bench after a groin injury forced him off towards the end of the Boxing Day defeat at Burnley so he could start.
Midfielder Craig Bryson has been playing despite a knee problem and he was given the afternoon off in south east London. Clough will decide whether to bring the Scot back into the squad against Boro.
Middlesbrough midfielder Josh McEachran will be assessed.
The Chelsea loanee suffered an ankle injury during the 1-0 win over Blackburn and missed Saturday's 4-2 victory against Blackpool.
George Friend (hamstring) and Emmanuel Ledesma (knee) missed out at the Riverside although Stuart Parnaby, who had a medial ligament injury which the club initially feared may require surgery, came through 69 minutes.
But Seb Hines and Faris Haroun both failed late fitness tests and should be assessed again before kick-off.
Midfielders Julio Arca (toe) and Muzzy Carayol and striker Curtis Main (both knee) are still sidelined.
Boro are just one point off the automatic promotion places and only six points behind leaders Cardiff.
Derby vs Middlesbrough
Last modified 17:25 01/01/13
Rams raid Boro for points Derby derailed Middlesbrough's automatic promotion push with a first win in four npower Championship matches - 3-1 at Pride Park.
Young midfield duo Michael Jacobs and Jeff Hendrick did the damage with first-half goals before Conor Sammon scored midway through the second half to seal the three points and keep the Rams well positioned to mount a play-off challenge in 2013.
Boro arrived at Pride Park having won four of their last five league games but Tony Mowbray's team suffered an off-day in the east midlands.
Middlesbrough created very little and the margin of victory for Derby might have been greater, with a Ben Davies free-kick striking the crossbar and Jason Steele saving when one-on-one with Sammon.
The visitors did pull a goal back in injury time through Lukas Jutkiewicz but it was too little, too late.
Kieron Freeman made his first senior start for Derby. The 20-year-old lined up at left-back in place of the injured Gareth Roberts.
Rams boss Nigel Clough made three other changes. Mark O'Brien replaced James O'Connor at centre-half after recovering from a groin strain, while Sammon and Jacobs were recalled at the expense of Theo Robinson and Nathan Tyson.
Middlesbrough made three changes as Lukas Jutkiewicz, Adam Reach and Stuart Parnaby came in for Ishmael Miller, Marvin Emnes and Justin Hoyte.
Jacobs had a goalbound effort blocked by Jonathan Woodgate and saw a 20-yard shot narrowly miss before getting on the scoresheet in the 19th minute.
Davies picked out Jacobs just inside the box and the 21-year-old confidently stroked a right-foot shot into the bottom corner of the net.
Hendrick flashed a shot inches wide shortly afterwards before the 20-year-old found the target after 42 minutes, sending a screamer of a shot into the top right-hand corner of the net from the edge of the area.
It was almost 3-0 on the stroke of half-time when Davies' free-kick thundered off the bar and ricocheted to safety.
Steele denied Sammon at point-blank range at the start of the second half and then thwarted the Derby striker when he was clear through one on one.
The third goal finally arrived after 65 minutes. Another of the Rams' impressive youngsters, Will Hughes, showed good feet in the penalty area before Jacobs' shot was saved by Steele and Sammon was on hand to tap home the loose ball.
Home keeper Adam Legzdins was called into a rare piece of action with 15 minutes remaining, pushing away Ishmael Miller's stinging shot.
|Player rating out of ten||Player name||Substitution||Did they score?||Player's disciplinary record||Rating|
|32||Conor Sammon(sub 86)|
|12||Michael Jacobs(sub 76)|
|9||Nathan Tyson(sub 76)|
|22||Michael Hoganson(sub 86)|
|Player rating out of ten||Player name||Did they score?||Player's disciplinary record||Substitution||Rating|
|39||Jonathan Woodgate(sub 36)|
|7||Grant Leadbitter(sub 65)|
|27||Scott McDonald(sub 45)|
|8||Kevin Thomson(sub 36)|
|22||Luke Williams(sub 45)|
|30||Ishmael Miller(sub 65)|