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Preston North End vs Middlesbrough LIVE: Championship result, final score and reaction

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Follow live coverage as Preston North End face Middlesbrough in the Championship today.

An increasingly competitive second tier in English football remains an intense and exciting competition, with the prize of a place in the Premier League on offer at the end of the season.

Last year Southampton, Leicester City and Leeds United were relegated from the top flight and all are hopeful of making a quick return - but the likes of Norwich City, West Bromwich Albion and Sunderland all have real promotion ambitions too.

At the other end of the table, QPR, Cardiff City and Birmingham City will hope for better campaigns than last year’s relegation struggle - while newcomers Sheffield Wednesday will be looking to survive after dramatic progress through the play-offs.

Follow live updates from today’s game in the live blog below.

Preston North End FC 2 - 1 Middlesbrough FC

Preston North End vs Middlesbrough

21:43

Match ends, Preston North End 2, Middlesbrough 1.

Preston North End vs Middlesbrough

21:42

Second Half ends, Preston North End 2, Middlesbrough 1.

Preston North End vs Middlesbrough

21:42

Corner, Middlesbrough. Conceded by Robert Brady.

Preston North End vs Middlesbrough

21:41

Riley McGree (Middlesbrough) is shown the yellow card.

Preston North End vs Middlesbrough

21:40

Corner, Middlesbrough. Conceded by Greg Cunningham.

Preston North End vs Middlesbrough

21:53

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

Preston North End vs Middlesbrough

21:39

Delay in match (Preston North End).

Preston North End vs Middlesbrough

21:39

Alan Browne (Preston North End) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Preston North End vs Middlesbrough

21:53

Delay in match (Middlesbrough).

Preston North End vs Middlesbrough

21:39

Jonny Howson (Middlesbrough) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Preston North End vs Middlesbrough

21:38

Attempt blocked. Layton Stewart (Preston North End) left footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Liam Millar.

Preston North End vs Middlesbrough

21:36

Foul by Marcus Forss (Middlesbrough).

Preston North End vs Middlesbrough

21:36

Substitution, Middlesbrough. Lewis O'Brien replaces Hayden Hackney.

Preston North End vs Middlesbrough

21:34

Foul by Finn Azaz (Middlesbrough).

Preston North End vs Middlesbrough

21:34

Jordan Storey (Preston North End) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Preston North End vs Middlesbrough

21:34

Sam Silvera (Middlesbrough) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Preston North End vs Middlesbrough

21:30

Corner, Preston North End. Conceded by Anfernee Dijksteel.

Preston North End vs Middlesbrough

21:30

Attempt blocked. Robert Brady (Preston North End) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Preston North End vs Middlesbrough

21:31

Attempt saved. Milutin Osmajic (Preston North End) right footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Liam Millar.

Preston North End vs Middlesbrough

21:30

Substitution, Preston North End. Ali McCann replaces Benjamin Whiteman because of an injury.

Preston North End vs Middlesbrough

21:28

Attempt missed. Luke Thomas (Middlesbrough) right footed shot from the left side of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Finn Azaz.

Preston North End vs Middlesbrough

21:28

Attempt blocked. Sam Silvera (Middlesbrough) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Preston North End vs Middlesbrough

21:34

Attempt saved. Sam Silvera (Middlesbrough) left footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

Preston North End vs Middlesbrough

21:23

Offside, Preston North End. Milutin Osmajic is caught offside.

Preston North End vs Middlesbrough

21:23

Matt Clarke (Middlesbrough) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Preston North End vs Middlesbrough

21:23

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

Preston North End vs Middlesbrough

21:23

Substitution, Preston North End. Layton Stewart replaces Will Keane.

Preston North End vs Middlesbrough

21:23

Substitution, Preston North End. Milutin Osmajic replaces Emil Riis.

Preston North End vs Middlesbrough

21:23

Substitution, Preston North End. Jack Whatmough replaces Liam Lindsay.

Preston North End vs Middlesbrough

21:23

Delay in match because of an injury Freddie Woodman (Preston North End).

Preston North End vs Middlesbrough

21:19

Substitution, Middlesbrough. Anfernee Dijksteel replaces Luke Ayling.

Preston North End vs Middlesbrough

21:18

Substitution, Middlesbrough. Sam Silvera replaces Sam Greenwood.

Preston North End vs Middlesbrough

21:23

Attempt missed. Sam Silvera (Middlesbrough) right footed shot from the centre of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Luke Ayling with a cross.

Preston North End vs Middlesbrough

21:23

Attempt blocked. Sam Silvera (Middlesbrough) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Luke Ayling.

Preston North End vs Middlesbrough

21:15

Attempt saved. Marcus Forss (Middlesbrough) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved.

Preston North End vs Middlesbrough

21:15

Corner, Middlesbrough. Conceded by Greg Cunningham.

Preston North End vs Middlesbrough

21:15

Corner, Middlesbrough. Conceded by Liam Millar.

Preston North End vs Middlesbrough

21:14

Attempt missed. Finn Azaz (Middlesbrough) left footed shot from outside the box is too high. Assisted by Jonny Howson.

Preston North End vs Middlesbrough

21:13

Foul by Sam Greenwood (Middlesbrough).

Preston North End vs Middlesbrough

21:13

Attempt blocked. Finn Azaz (Middlesbrough) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Hayden Hackney.

Preston North End vs Middlesbrough

21:08

Corner, Middlesbrough. Conceded by Liam Lindsay.

Preston North End vs Middlesbrough

21:08

Attempt blocked. Jonny Howson (Middlesbrough) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Sam Greenwood.

Preston North End vs Middlesbrough

21:05

Goal! Preston North End 2, Middlesbrough 1. Emil Riis (Preston North End) right footed shot from the centre of the box.

Preston North End vs Middlesbrough

21:07

Attempt blocked. Will Keane (Preston North End) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Benjamin Whiteman.

Preston North End vs Middlesbrough

21:04

Corner, Preston North End. Conceded by Rav van den Berg.

Preston North End vs Middlesbrough

21:03

Goal! Preston North End 1, Middlesbrough 1. Finn Azaz (Middlesbrough) right footed shot from outside the box to the top left corner. Assisted by Jonny Howson.

Preston North End vs Middlesbrough

21:01

Matt Clarke (Middlesbrough) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Preston North End vs Middlesbrough

21:01

Attempt blocked. Hayden Hackney (Middlesbrough) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Jonny Howson.

Preston North End vs Middlesbrough

21:01

Attempt blocked. Jonny Howson (Middlesbrough) right footed shot from the right side of the box is blocked.

Preston North End vs Middlesbrough

20:58

Corner, Middlesbrough. Conceded by Greg Cunningham.

Preston North End vs Middlesbrough

20:58

Attempt blocked. Finn Azaz (Middlesbrough) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Riley McGree.

Preston North End vs Middlesbrough

20:56

Hayden Hackney (Middlesbrough) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Preston North End vs Middlesbrough

20:55

Attempt blocked. Emil Riis (Preston North End) right footed shot from the right side of the box is blocked.

Preston North End vs Middlesbrough

20:55

Foul by Luke Thomas (Middlesbrough).

Preston North End vs Middlesbrough

20:51

Second Half begins Preston North End 1, Middlesbrough 0.

Preston North End vs Middlesbrough

20:35

First Half ends, Preston North End 1, Middlesbrough 0.

Preston North End vs Middlesbrough

20:30

Foul by Matt Clarke (Middlesbrough).

Preston North End vs Middlesbrough

20:28

Hand ball by Hayden Hackney (Middlesbrough).

Preston North End vs Middlesbrough

20:27

Foul by Mads Frökjaer-Jensen (Preston North End).

Preston North End vs Middlesbrough

20:27

Luke Thomas (Middlesbrough) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Preston North End vs Middlesbrough

20:24

Attempt missed. Hayden Hackney (Middlesbrough) right footed shot from outside the box.

Preston North End vs Middlesbrough

20:22

Attempt missed. Finn Azaz (Middlesbrough) right footed shot from outside the box is too high following a corner.

Preston North End vs Middlesbrough

20:22

Corner, Middlesbrough. Conceded by Greg Cunningham.

Preston North End vs Middlesbrough

20:22

Foul by Sam Greenwood (Middlesbrough).

Preston North End vs Middlesbrough

20:20

Alan Browne (Preston North End) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Preston North End vs Middlesbrough

20:20

Foul by Sam Greenwood (Middlesbrough).

Preston North End vs Middlesbrough

20:18

Attempt missed. Sam Greenwood (Middlesbrough) left footed shot from outside the box.

Preston North End vs Middlesbrough

20:15

Attempt missed. Hayden Hackney (Middlesbrough) right footed shot from outside the box is too high.

Preston North End vs Middlesbrough

20:14

Hayden Hackney (Middlesbrough) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Preston North End vs Middlesbrough

20:13

Hand ball by Hayden Hackney (Middlesbrough).

Preston North End vs Middlesbrough

20:11

Offside, Middlesbrough. Sam Greenwood is caught offside.

Preston North End vs Middlesbrough

20:09

Goal! Preston North End 1, Middlesbrough 0. Liam Millar (Preston North End) left footed shot from outside the box to the bottom right corner.

Preston North End vs Middlesbrough

20:08

Attempt blocked. Marcus Forss (Middlesbrough) left footed shot from the right side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Hayden Hackney.

Preston North End vs Middlesbrough

20:04

Foul by Marcus Forss (Middlesbrough).

Preston North End vs Middlesbrough

20:03

Foul by Alan Browne (Preston North End).

Preston North End vs Middlesbrough

19:59

Offside, Middlesbrough. Marcus Forss is caught offside.

Preston North End vs Middlesbrough

19:59

Attempt saved. Sam Greenwood (Middlesbrough) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the top left corner.

Preston North End vs Middlesbrough

19:57

Foul by Emil Riis (Preston North End).

Preston North End vs Middlesbrough

19:57

Substitution, Preston North End. Greg Cunningham replaces Andrew Hughes because of an injury.

Preston North End vs Middlesbrough

19:54

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

Preston North End vs Middlesbrough

19:54

Delay in match because of an injury Andrew Hughes (Preston North End).

Preston North End vs Middlesbrough

19:50

Offside, Middlesbrough. Marcus Forss is caught offside.

Preston North End vs Middlesbrough

19:50

Attempt missed. Luke Thomas (Middlesbrough) left footed shot from the centre of the box misses to the right.

Preston North End vs Middlesbrough

19:50

Foul by Will Keane (Preston North End).

Preston North End vs Middlesbrough

19:48

First Half begins.

Preston North End vs Middlesbrough

19:15

Lineups are announced and players are warming up.

Preston North End vs Middlesbrough

18:45

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