Marcus Tavernier of Middlesbrough celebrates with Marc Bola and team mates after scoring their side's second goal against Preston.

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Middlesbrough made it back-to-back home wins after beating Preston 2-0 at the Riverside – and there were several impressive performances for Neil Warnock’s side.

Wednesday, 17th March 2021, 9:19 am

An own goal from visiting defender Jordan Storey and a second-half header from Marcus Tavernier gave Boro all three points, while there was also a controversial red card for Preston’s Alan Browne.

The midfielder was dismissed in the 36th minute following a tussle with Sam Morsy, a decision which North End boss Alex Neil described as ‘very poor’ and altered the course of the game.

Boro were 1-0 up at the time but coming under pressure, yet they looked comfortable playing against 10 men in the second half.

The result moved the Teessiders up a place to eighth in the Championship table and five points off the play-off places.

That gap could widen again, though, with promotion rivals Reading and Barnsley set to play on Wednesday.

Here’s how the hosts fared at the Riverside:

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