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McClaren highlights what Derby lacked in 1-0 defeat to Middlesbrough

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Steve McClaren was disappointed as his Derby side lost 1-0 to Middlesbrough on Tuesday night.

Derby County's poor run of form continued on Tuesday night with a 1-0 home defeat to Middlesbrough - and manager Steve McClaren told the club's official website that his side didn't have the luck or quality to get a result.

The Rams went into the game lost two and drawn two of their previous four games, and were in real danger of seeing their promotion bid fall apart as promotion rivals Middlesbrough arrived at Pride Park.

Unfortunately for McClaren, he tasted defeat against his former club as ex-Derby loanee Patrick Bamford scored the only goal of the game in a priceless victory for Middlesbrough.

The result leaves Aitor Karanka's men up in second place and vying for automatic promotion - but that can't really be said of the stumbling Rams right now.

Derby were once favourites to win the Championship, but currently sit five points off automatic promotion and having gone five games without a win, their automatic promotion hopes are dangling by a thread.

After another frustrating result for McClaren and Derby, the former England boss told the club's official website that a bad run was to be expected at some point, but his side were lacking two things against Middlesbrough - luck and quality.

"We need to stick together; we’re suffering, just like everybody else is," said McClaren. "We feel for the players, the fans and during a 46 game season you are going to suffer at some stage - we just didn’t want it to be now! It is, though, upon us now and we have to get on with it and dig in."

"I couldn’t fault the players tonight, I couldn’t fault them on Saturday at Norwich when we had a little bit of luck to get the goal and get a point. We needed that again in this game but we just didn’t have that little bit of quality that Middlesbrough had to win the game," he added.

Once again, Derby were without injured strikers Chris Martin and Darren Bent, and their absences are really being felt at a time where the Rams need their top players.

Yet with the likes of Jamie Ward, Johnny Russell, Tom Ince and Jesse Lingard all playing a part, Derby still had enough firepower on the pitch to get a result - and McClaren needs to find a way to rectify things quickly with games running out.

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