WATCH: Dave Seddon's verdict on Preston's 3-2 defeat to Middlesbrough

PNE kicked off 2018 with defeat to Middlesbrough in a pulsating New Year's Day clash at Deepdale.

It meant Alex Neil's side lost for the first time in 10 Championship games.

Jordan Hugill shakes hands with Middlesbrough goalkeeper Darren Randolph at the final whistle.

Jordan Hugill shakes hands with Middlesbrough goalkeeper Darren Randolph at the final whistle.

The Lancashire Post's Dave Seddon looks at the main talking points with Callum Robinson and Jordan Hugill on target for the hosts in an impressive first-half performance.

AS IT HAPPENED: PNE 2-3 Middlesbrough

MATCH REPORT: PNE 2-3 Middlesbrough

REACTION: Alex Neil felt his side deserved all three points