Last Updated: Thu, 05 Dec 2013 11:06
Steve McClaren felt his team weren't at their best as they stretched the winning run to four matches with a late win over Middlesbrough
Chris Martin fired the Rams ahead just before the break, five minutes after Curtis Main's dismissal for Boro, but McClaren's side then struggled to create many clear-cut chances and were made to pay when Dean Whitehead steered in his first goal for the Teessiders to make it 1-1 after 73 minutes.
And just as it seemed Boro would hang on to a point, up popped Derby substitute Connor Sammon to scramble in a last-minute winner - only his second goal in 13 games.
"It's three points," said a sheepish McClaren. "That's it. It was not a good performance by our normal standards.
"We talk about getting a performance and the result will follow. The Championship is tough and there are different ways you have to win. We won it despite not playing our usual brand of football and we were disappointing in that."
While most onlookers would suggest that Derby were fortunate winners, the former England coach refuted those suggestions.
"I wouldn't say we were lucky as we kept our patience," added McClaren. "If we were going to achieve anything or deserve to be in the position we're in, then we have to score in the last 10 minutes.
"We waited for the moment and took it. They are the kinds of things teams have if they're going to be successful."
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