Bamford suggests that Derby used dirty tactics to stop him last night

Middlesbrough striker Patrick Bamford is not the most popular figure at Derby County and his comments on Boro's official site earlier today are unlikely to win him any more fans.

Patrick Bamford's transformation from hero to villain at Derby County was completed last night when he scored the winner for Middlesbrough in a crucial promotion battle at the iPro Stadium.

Bamford went on loan to Derby last season, but his actions since that move have led to him becoming public enemy number one with Rams supporters.

The Chelsea loanee appears to have taken it upon himself to do everything he can to aggravate Rams supporters, with a number of his quotes being controversial.

Bamford grew up a Nottingham Forest supporter and he has made no secret of that fact - actively cheering the Reds on during the East Midlands derby on Twitter earlier in the campaign.

It meant that he was always likely to receive a hostile reception from Derby fans last night and they didn't disappointment, booing his every touch.

Bamford would not have been shocked at that, but the 21-year-old's suggestion on Middlesbrough's official site that Derby had been instructed to foul him may have been more surprising.

Bamford claims that Derby's players were simply trying to hack him to stop him having any influence on the game.

“Their two centre backs must’ve been told to come out and hack me even when I didn’t have the ball," he said.

In the end it was the England youth international who had the last laugh, as his goal helped Middlesbrough take a massive step towards promotion.

Boro are locked in a race for the top-two spaces with Derby and the three points they collected last night were huge.

Bamford will now be looking to help fire Aitor Karanka's men to promotion and by doing so, he is only set to frustrate Derby supporters further.

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