Tony Pulis switched his focus to next week’s huge game against Millwall after Middlesbrough’s vital 2-1 win at play-off rivals Derby.
Goals from Mo Besic and Britt Assombalonga did the damage despite David Nugent’s late penalty for the hosts on Saturday at Pride Park.
Boro remain fifth – four points clear of seventh-placed County – and can confirm their spot in the top six play-off places with victory over sixth-placed Millwall at the Riverside next Saturday evening.
“It was a smashing performance,” said Pulis.
“We created some wonderful chances, and we’ve got to hit the target and make sure the goalkeeper makes saves.
“We’ve got to kill the game, but our football at times was excellent.
“The only disappointment was that 20-minute spell in the second half where I thought we could have scored more goals because that would have killed the game.
“We have to be a little more clinical but I thought we played really well today.
“I can’t give the players any more praise because Derby gave us a proper game.
“We’ve got a tough game against Millwall next week so we’ve got to dust ourselves down and make sure we take the good stuff out of this game.
“It’s tough game after tough game – but that’s what this league is.”