Gallery: Patrick Bamford strikes to give Middlesbrough huge win over Derby

Derby County West Stand

The forward on loan from Chelsea gave Middlesbrough a huge win over Derby in the race for promotion.

Middlesbrough struck a huge blow in the race for promotion last night with a vital 1-0 win over Derby County thanks to a strike from on-loan forward Patrick Bamford at the iPro Stadium. 

The result means Boro are in second position in the Championship, on the same points as league leaders Watford as the race to get into the Premier League intensifies. Jelle Vossen also had a good chance when his lob from distance hit the post and stayed out.

The result still leaves the Rams in the hunt but itrepresents a blow to Steve McClaren's side's chances of going up automatically, as they are five points off the top two with eight games to go, though they may be looking over their shoulders a little as a place in the play-offs is by no means assured -with a run of no win in five a big cause for concern at this stage of the season. 

Boro, however, have won six of their last 10 but will want to be a bit more consistent during the run-in to assure themselves of a place in next season's top flight.

Here are some of the best images from last night's action: 

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