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Match Previews

Middlesbrough vs Preston North End Match Preview

12 March 2019

North End head to the north east, looking to end a 48 year wait for a league win over Boro on Teeside.

Ticket News

Ticket Information: Middlesbrough

11 March 2019

The last time the Lilywhites were victorious against Middlesbrough on their own patch, came with ‘Rocket’ Ronnie Hildersley’s famous FA Cup goal at Ayresome Park in January 1987, so a win in any competition against Boro has been a while in coming.

Tony Pulis’ hosts occupy fifth place in the Championship table currently, sitting seven points above Alex Neil’s men, so a win for the visitors could close the gap, making this a game to savour.

The two teams have already played twice this season already, ending 2-2 and 1-1 in respective Carabao Cup and league games at Deepdale back in the Autumn and this third encounter should be no less close.

Ticket Information
Tickets remain on sale for PNE's trip to Middlesbrough on Wednesday, as they look to make it six consecutive away wins…

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Ref Watch
For the second time this calendar year, taking charge of North End as referee on Wednesday night is experienced official Keith Stroud…

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Memorable Match
North End have been waiting 48 years for their last league win on Teeside, in the year after the promotion season back to the second tier…

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Team News
Preston North End manager Alex Neil hopes to have a number of bodies back available to him for Wednesday’s trip to Middlesbrough…

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Opposition View
Middlesbrough manager Tony Pulis says his side cannot be complacent as they face a North End side who have 'done smashing'.

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Match Coverage
This Wednesday’s game at the Riverside Stadium is live on iFollow PNE for both overseas and UK-based supporters…

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Alex Neil’s Thoughts
Preston North End manager Alex Neil is looking forward to going head-to-head with Middlesbrough counterpart Tony Pulis on Wednesday night…

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Ben Pearson Preview
Ben Pearson is available for selection again for Wednesday night’s trip to the Riverside Stadium and he is looking for another positive result…

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Match Reports

Middlesbrough 1 Preston North End 2

13 March 2019

A stunning comeback saw North End make it six straight away wins with their first win on Teesside in the league since 1972.

Ashley Fletcher had given Tony Pulis’ side the lead in the first half at the Riverside Stadium, but after Daniel Ayala saw red for challenge on Brandon Barker who was through on goal, Paul Gallagher converted the resulting free kick for his 100th career goal and then Jayden Stockley headed home the winner on a famous night in Middlesbrough.

Manager Alex Neil made two changes to the side, with Ben Pearson returning at the heart of the midfield and Josh Earl coming in to a re-jigged backline for the suspended Darnell Fisher, the No.3 playing left-wing back, Alan Browne playing on the right side, with a back three in front of Declan Rudd.

The hosts started the game brightly and Jonny Howson on six minutes had a shot from 25 yards out, that Declan Rudd had to be alert to palm behind. From the resulting corner by Mo Besic, the ball was flicked on by Fletcher and Daniel Ayala hit the outside of the back post from close range.

The woodwork was struck again shortly after as Jon Obi Mikel found space to for an effort from 20 yards out that came off the foot of the left-hand upright, deflecting off Jordan Storey and eventually cleared by Earl.

Mid-way through the half the Lilywhites suffered a blow as Browne was forced off with what appeared to be a left ankle injury, Joe Rafferty coming on to replace him.

The opener came just after the half hour mark as Besic again charged forward and fed the ball out to the left of the penalty area where Fletcher found space to shoot, the ball flicking up off Storey, giving Rudd no chance as it floated into the right-hand corner of the goal.

The North End manager made an immediate change, reverting to four at the back and the remaining minutes of the half saw the visitors gain the ascendency, dominating the possession, and in the second of three added minutes, Rudd was needed again, making a fine save at the feet of Britt Assombalonga after a flick around the corner by Fletcher.

At the interval another change saw Brandon Barker introduced, Earl replaced, with the on loan Manchester City man joining fellow loanee Lukas Nmecha and Sean Maguire in a now three-man attack.

But on 61 minutes a big moment in the game came as Ayala was given a red card by referee Keith Stroud after a two-footed challenge on Barker on the edge of the Boro penalty area. It was right on the edge of the box ten yards in from the left corner.

And from the resulting free kick the green-clad side were level. Gallagher lined it up and played it to Hughes, who stood the ball dead for the North End skipper to curl the shot into the bottom right hand corner, giving Randolph no chance, his 100th career goal.

Ben Pearson was next to test Randolph with a shot from the edge of the ‘D’ coming off substitute Dael Fry and ricocheting up into the hands of the grateful Republic of Ireland international custodian.

Another hugely controversial moment came with 11 minutes left as Nmecha had beaten George Friend all ends up, only to be brought down in the right edge of the penalty area, but this time the referee gave nothing, when a penalty seemed the only decision!

But the second came on 81 minutes and it was another substitute. Andrew Hughes picked up the ball 25 yards out after some PNE pressure and hit a shot that came off Howson, but Stockley was alert and headed home powerfully from close range.

Two great chances came to Nmecha after the goal, Randolph denying him with some superb goalkeeping on both occasions, after the No.45 used his pace down the right to get away from Friend and force stops from the keeper.

Middlesbrough line-up: Randolph, Mikel (Tavernier, 85), Friend (c), Ayala, Shotton, Assombalonga, Howson, Fletcher (Fry, 64), Flint, Wing, Besic (Hugill, 77). Subs not used: Konstontopoulos, Clayton, Downing, Saville.

PNE line-up: Rudd, Earl (Barker, 46), Hughes, Pearson, Storey, Davies, Nmecha, Johnson, Maguire, Browne (Rafferty, 22), Gallagher (c) (Stockley, 75). Subs not used: Crowe, Ginnelly, Ledson, Huntington.

Attendance: 21,088 (376 PNE fans)

Referee: Mr K Stroud

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Ticket News

Ticket Information: Middlesbrough

11 March 2019

Tickets remain on sale for PNE's trip to Middlesbrough on Wednesday, as they look to make it six consecutive away wins.

First Team News

Ref Watch: Middlesbrough

11 March 2019

We have been given an initial allocation of 602 tickets in the upper tier of the East Stand, with prices as follows: Adults £30, over 65s £20 and U18s £17.

There are 12 pairs of wheelchaired disabled and carer tickets available, with prices as above and a carer ticket free of charge. These tickets are situated on a raised platform with lift access within the away section.

Ambulant disabled supporter tickets are taken from the main allocation, with prices also as above with a carer ticket free of charge.

All tickets will remain on sale at Deepdale, in person, over the phone on 0344 856 1966 and online at, until 2pm on the day of the game – Wednesday 13th March.

First Team News

Memorable Match: Middlesbrough

11 March 2019

After that, Middlesbrough will be selling on the evening from 6pm at the ‘Visitors’ Ticket Office’. This will be cash sales only, with no price increase. This is also where any collections/duplicates will be available from after the away supporter coaches arrive at the Riverside Stadium.

Coach travel is still available with coaches departing Deepdale and Leyland at 3.15pm, and tickets are priced at £15 per person.

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