Derby County secured a crucial three points on Saturday afternoon, beating play-off chasing Middlesbrough 2-1 at Pride Park Stadium.

Lee Gregory starred on his first start for the Rams, scoring one and assisting the other as he played a pivotal role in his new side climbing out of the bottom three.

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The Stoke loanee opened the scoring after 15 minutes, heading home from close range following a well-worked set piece routine.

Goalscorer then turned provider as Gregory’s deft lay-off was hammered home from range by fan favourite Colin Kazim-Richards, doubling Derby’s advantage and just about breaking the net in the process.

Rams supporters took to Twitter following the encounter to have their say on the striker’s splendid start to life at Pride Park.

So far so good for the 32-year-old in Derby colours and it will be a quick turnaround for Gregory and the rest of the squad as they prepare to face bottom of the table Wycombe Wanderers on Tuesday evening.

The former Millwall man will have certainly made a great case to retain his spot in the starting eleven for The Rams’ clash with The Chairboys.

Three points at Adams Park Stadium would be a huge step in the right direction for Wayne Rooney’s men who have seemingly struggled against the lower placed opposition they have faced so far this season.

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