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