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Preston North End 1-1 Middlesbrough: Preston and Boro cancel each other out

Alan Browne put Preston 1-0 up against Middlesbrough at Deepdale
Alan Browne put Preston into a 1-0 lead on the stroke of half-time

Middlesbrough dropped out of the Championship automatic promotion places as Preston stretched their unbeaten run to nine games in an entertaining draw.

Alan Browne deservedly fired Preston ahead on the stroke of half-time with a low strike from Brandon Barker's cross.

But a tactical and personnel switch by Boro manager Tony Pulis produced immediate results after the interval as substitute Marcus Tavernier slotted in an equaliser from Dael Fry's through ball.

Both sides came close to a winner as they saw efforts cleared off the goal line, but the point was enough for Boro to extend their unbeaten league run to seven matches.

Preston move up a place to 15th and have not tasted a Championship defeat since the end of September. Boro slip a place to third after Leeds overtook them with a narrow win against Reading.

Browne put Preston into the lead with his sixth goal of the season. He was found in space by Barker, who himself was denied a goal in the opening minute when Lewis Wing made a sliding tackle in the penalty area.

Boro lost Rudy Gestede to a first-half hamstring injury and then Wing to a knock to the face in the second half, which forced Pulis to make all three of his substitutions by 48 minutes.

One of them was Tavernier, whose second goal this campaign was well-taken as Preston keeper Declan Rudd tried to deny him from 10 yards out.

Preston North End manager Alex Neil:

"To play as well as we did tonight against second in the league, with six first team players missing, any team would struggle to do that if you take those players out of your squad.

"We haven't got any players left really, we had young Jack Baxter in the squad today doing the warm up because we are really stretched in terms of fit players we have available.

"It was a great goal. Alan (Browne) got dropped out at Bristol because I felt he was showing signs of fatigue, mentally more than anything. In the last two games he's shown why he is a player I rely on and I trust.

"The (Middlesbrough) goal is disappointing because it's a bad error from us and I don't think they created too much apart from that.

"We are playing well at the moment and we just want to keep that going now."

Middlesbrough manager Tony Pulis:

"We take a point, and we've taken four points from two away games at Brentford and Preston, who are the form team at the moment, especially at home.

"It's always difficult going to Brentford. Four points, it's not too bad.

"It's the second one on the bounce, and it's the second one where we have to travel and bed the lads down again and we didn't get much time.

"I'm really pleased again with the effort, but there's certain things we didn't do that we did the other Saturday, but having said that I still think we deserved what we got."

Line-ups

Preston

  • 1RuddBooked at 85mins
  • 5Clarke
  • 14Storey
  • 23Huntington
  • 3Earl
  • 4Pearson
  • 12Gallagher
  • 29Barkhuizen
  • 8Browne
  • 21Barker
  • 9MoultSubstituted forNmechaat 73'minutes

Substitutes

  • 2Fisher
  • 15Woods
  • 16Hughes
  • 18Ledson
  • 19Burke
  • 22Maxwell
  • 45Nmecha

Middlesbrough

  • 23Randolph
  • 20Fry
  • 4AyalaSubstituted forBraithwaiteat 45'minutes
  • 24Flint
  • 6Batth
  • 3Friend
  • 26WingSubstituted forHowsonat 48'minutes
  • 8ClaytonBooked at 85mins
  • 22SavilleBooked at 76mins
  • 11HugillBooked at 90mins
  • 39GestedeSubstituted forTavernierat 27'minutesBooked at 85mins

Substitutes

  • 9Assombalonga
  • 10Braithwaite
  • 16Howson
  • 17McNair
  • 18Fletcher
  • 28Tavernier
  • 31Lonergan
Referee:
Peter Bankes
Attendance:
10,990

Match Stats

Home TeamPrestonAway TeamMiddlesbrough
Possession
Home64%
Away36%
Shots
Home13
Away11
Shots on Target
Home4
Away3
Corners
Home7
Away5
Fouls
Home15
Away14

Live Text

Match ends, Preston North End 1, Middlesbrough 1.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Preston North End 1, Middlesbrough 1.

Booking

Jordan Hugill (Middlesbrough) is shown the yellow card.

Jordan Hugill (Middlesbrough) has gone down, but that's a dive.

Foul by Lukas Nmecha (Preston North End).

Danny Batth (Middlesbrough) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Paul Huntington (Preston North End).

Aden Flint (Middlesbrough) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Lukas Nmecha (Preston North End) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Aden Flint (Middlesbrough).

Attempt missed. Brandon Barker (Preston North End) right footed shot from outside the box is too high. Assisted by Paul Gallagher following a set piece situation.

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

Foul by Marcus Tavernier (Middlesbrough).

Attempt missed. Jordan Storey (Preston North End) right footed shot from a difficult angle on the right is too high.

Corner, Preston North End. Conceded by George Friend.

Booking

Declan Rudd (Preston North End) is shown the yellow card.

Booking

Adam Clayton (Middlesbrough) is shown the yellow card.

Booking

Marcus Tavernier (Middlesbrough) is shown the yellow card.

Marcus Tavernier (Middlesbrough) has gone down, but that's a dive.

Corner, Preston North End. Conceded by Martin Braithwaite.

Attempt missed. Tom Barkhuizen (Preston North End) header from the centre of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Brandon Barker with a cross.

Lukas Nmecha (Preston North End) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Adam Clayton (Middlesbrough).

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

Delay in match Tom Clarke (Preston North End) because of an injury.

Foul by Tom Clarke (Preston North End).

Jordan Hugill (Middlesbrough) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Corner, Preston North End. Conceded by Danny Batth.

Attempt blocked. Brandon Barker (Preston North End) left footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Tom Barkhuizen.

Booking

George Saville (Middlesbrough) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Paul Gallagher (Preston North End) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by George Saville (Middlesbrough).

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

Foul by Jonny Howson (Middlesbrough).

Foul by Lukas Nmecha (Preston North End).

Aden Flint (Middlesbrough) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Substitution

Substitution, Preston North End. Lukas Nmecha replaces Louis Moult.

Foul by Ben Pearson (Preston North End).

George Saville (Middlesbrough) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Attempt missed. Danny Batth (Middlesbrough) header from the left side of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Dael Fry following a set piece situation.

goal

As It Stood

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2Leeds19106332171536
3Middlesbrough1998222101235
4Sheff Utd1910453223934
5West Brom1894539261331
6Derby189452721631
7Nottm Forest187922516930
8QPR198472226-428
9Aston Villa187653125627
10Swansea187562017326
11Blackburn186842125-426
12Birmingham185942524124
13Stoke185852122-123
14Sheff Wed196582332-923
15Preston195773132-122
16Bristol City186482021-122
17Brentford195683028221
18Wigan186391926-721
19Rotherham194871827-920
20Reading1945102430-617
21Millwall184592330-717
22Hull1945101626-1017
23Bolton1945101225-1317
24Ipswich181891530-1511
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