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Middlesbrough 0-0 Preston North End

Darren Randolph
Darren Randolph joined Middlesbrough from West Ham in the summer

Preston North End earned a point at Middlesbrough despite failing to score for the third time in four games.

Tom Barkhuizen had the best effort of the first half as his shot was pushed onto the post by Boro keeper Darren Randolph, who also saved well from Paul Huntington just before the break.

Randolph was forced into another fine save from Sean Maguire after an hour.

Stewart Downing was denied for Boro late on having come on for his first league appearance of the season.

Preston fans have seen just three goals in their side's first five league games of the season, in 1-0 wins over Sheffield Wednesday and Reading and a 1-0 defeat at Derby.

And their stubborn defence again came to the fore as Boro's £15m striker Britt Assombalonga was held to one early chance while Rudy Gestede had a first-half shot blocked.

Preston North End manager Alex Neil:

"If any team deserved to win it was us. We had the best chances in the game and we deserved a goal.

"It is really frustrating not to get a goal. It was a lack of decision-making in the final side, and Darren Randolph has made a few good saves.

"We actually had more possession and dominated. I thought we had enough in the game to win it."

Middlesbrough manager Garry Monk:

"That was not the performance we wanted. We are trying to set a high standard for the players and the club - and we feel disappointment.

"We need to take a lesson from today and we never came out on top of them in any instance. They were first to every header, every tackle.

"The positive is that we still take a point and got a clean sheet. The point could be valuable, but we wanted three. But I think we were probably lucky to get the result we did."

Line-ups

Middlesbrough

  • 25Randolph
  • 20Fry
  • 6Gibson
  • 3FriendSubstituted forBamfordat 55'minutes
  • 22Christie
  • 30BakerSubstituted forDowningat 68'minutes
  • 16Howson
  • 8ClaytonBooked at 65mins
  • 2Fabio
  • 39Gestede
  • 9Assombalonga

Substitutes

  • 1Konstantopoulos
  • 4Ayala
  • 7Leadbitter
  • 11Bamford
  • 18Fletcher
  • 19Downing
  • 23Roberts

Preston

  • 22Maxwell
  • 14Fisher
  • 23Huntington
  • 20Davies
  • 32Earl
  • 4PearsonBooked at 63minsSubstituted forHarropat 70'minutesBooked at 89mins
  • 24MaguireSubstituted forRobinsonat 90+4'minutes
  • 11Johnson
  • 8Browne
  • 29BarkhuizenSubstituted forMavididiat 75'minutes
  • 9Hugill

Substitutes

  • 2Vermijl
  • 7Horgan
  • 10Harrop
  • 17Spurr
  • 27Mavididi
  • 28Hudson
  • 37Robinson
Referee:
Darren England
Attendance:
25,295

Match Stats

Home TeamMiddlesbroughAway TeamPreston
Possession
Home48%
Away52%
Shots
Home5
Away12
Shots on Target
Home1
Away3
Corners
Home3
Away8
Fouls
Home13
Away16

Live Text

Match ends, Middlesbrough 0, Preston North End 0.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Middlesbrough 0, Preston North End 0.

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

Delay in match Darnell Fisher (Preston North End) because of an injury.

Foul by Jordan Hugill (Preston North End).

Fabio (Middlesbrough) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Substitution

Substitution, Preston North End. Callum Robinson replaces Sean Maguire.

Foul by Jordan Hugill (Preston North End).

Dael Fry (Middlesbrough) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Joshua Earl (Preston North End) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Rudy Gestede (Middlesbrough).

Foul by Josh Harrop (Preston North End).

Cyrus Christie (Middlesbrough) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Attempt blocked. Josh Harrop (Preston North End) left footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Sean Maguire.

Booking

Josh Harrop (Preston North End) is shown the yellow card.

Foul by Joshua Earl (Preston North End).

Stewart Downing (Middlesbrough) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Corner, Middlesbrough. Conceded by Daniel Johnson.

Stephy Mavididi (Preston North End) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Fabio (Middlesbrough).

Foul by Jordan Hugill (Preston North End).

Dael Fry (Middlesbrough) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Joshua Earl (Preston North End) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Cyrus Christie (Middlesbrough).

Attempt saved. Stewart Downing (Middlesbrough) left footed shot from the right side of the box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Patrick Bamford.

Corner, Preston North End. Conceded by Fabio.

Corner, Preston North End. Conceded by Adam Clayton.

Substitution

Substitution, Preston North End. Stephy Mavididi replaces Tom Barkhuizen.

Hand ball by Josh Harrop (Preston North End).

Substitution

Substitution, Preston North End. Josh Harrop replaces Ben Pearson because of an injury.

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

Delay in match Ben Gibson (Middlesbrough) because of an injury.

Substitution

Substitution, Middlesbrough. Stewart Downing replaces Lewis Baker.

Attempt missed. Jonny Howson (Middlesbrough) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the right.

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

Booking

Adam Clayton (Middlesbrough) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Delay in match Ben Pearson (Preston North End) because of an injury.

Ben Pearson (Preston North End) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Adam Clayton (Middlesbrough).

Booking

Ben Pearson (Preston North End) is shown the yellow card.

goal

As It Stood

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1Cardiff5500102815
2Ipswich540196312
3Leeds532072511
4Wolves531174310
5Sheff Utd53025419
6Nottm Forest53028809
7Preston52212118
8Hull521212757
9Middlesbrough52124317
10QPR52126607
11Reading52125507
12Derby521257-27
13Bristol City51317616
14Fulham51314316
15Barnsley52037706
16Sheff Wed51314406
17Millwall51228625
18Aston Villa512279-25
19Sunderland512258-35
20Birmingham511336-34
21Burton511349-54
22Norwich5113612-64
23Brentford502359-42
24Bolton5023410-62
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