As it happened: Middlesbrough 2-0 Preston North End
Preston North End make the trip to the North East to take on Middlesbrough in the Championship.
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LIVE: Middlesbrough vs PNE
Last updated: Tuesday, 16 March, 2021, 19:19
- PNE travel to the Riverside in the Championship, kick off at 7pm.
- PNE Starting XI: Iversen, van den Berg, Storey, Lindsay, Hughes, Gallagher, Browne, Barkhuizen, Potts, Sinclair, Evans.
- North End will be looking to bounce back after a disappointing loss to Wycombe at the weekend.
- Middlesbrough will be looking to keep their play-off ambitions alive.
No pity for PNE boss Alex Neil
Alex Neil is not expecting any pity as he looks to get Preston’s season back on track.
The North End boss has come under fire from fans of late, as results and performances have not been the best.
There have been good results in the mix – a 3-0 win over Huddersfield Town a recent highlight – but Saturday’s 1-0 defeat to bottom-of-the-table Wycombe Wanderers led to calls from fans to see the Scot leave.
The 39-year-old is approaching four years in charge of North End and this is the first season since he took the reins where the Lilywhites have never really looked like challenging for the play-off places.
He said: “What I want to stress is that I’m not looking to sit here and have people feel sorry for me. I’ve had a few axes thrown at me in my time and I can take it on the chin, so don’t worry about me one single bit.”
Read the full story here.
More of the same?
North End are unbeaten in their last three meetings at the Riverside, last losing to Aitor Karanka’s side in 2016.
This time it will be Neil Warnock in charge, who is yet to defeat Alex Neil as PNE boss.
It had to be done...
Our man on the inside is ready to go
The boys are in blue tonight
A long time coming
North End are looking to secure their first league double of Boro sinc the 1971/72 season, if they can secure all three points this evening.
PNE Starting XI: Iversen, van den Berg, Storey, Lindsay, Hughes, Gallagher, Browne, Barkhuizen, Potts, Sinclair, Evans.
PNE Subs: Ripley, Huntington, Rafferty, Whiteman, Molumby, Johnson, Gordon, Riis, Maguire.
The home side’s line up
Ringing the changes
Alex Neil has opted to make four changes after their loss to Wycombe, Lindsay, Gallagher, Potts and Barkhuizen come in for Huntington, Whiteman, Johnson and Maguire.
A familiar face...
Darnell Fisher starts against his old side this evening, recovering from an Achilles injury.
Ready to go...
Both sides are on the pitch and kick off is imminent.
PNE get the game underway!
McNair is forward down the right to win the first set piece.
It’s cleared at the near post by van den Berg.
Off the bar!
Sepp van den Berg lets fly from the edge of the area and his rocket is off the bar!