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Preston   1 - 3   Middlesbrough

Preston 1-3 Middlesbrough

Preston 1-3 Middlesbrough

Preston remain rooted to the bottom of the table after losing to fellow strugglers Middlesbrough at Deepdale.

Billy Jones headed the home side in front when he powered Danny Pugh's corner into the net from close range.

But Leroy Lita equalised three minutes later after unleashing a high shot from the edge of the box.

Lita hit Boro's second after collecting Julio Arca's defence-splitting pass and David Wheater headed in the third from Gary O'Neil's curling free-kick.

Preston had made a bright start to the match and fashioned the first meaningful chance with 10 minutes gone when Jon Parkin played in Darel Russell, who fired over from 20 yards.

Boro striker Lita then had a goal disallowed for a foul but as the half-hour approached it was Preston who took the lead, defender Jones rising to head home Pugh's corner at the far post.

Lita did get his name on the score sheet three minutes later, however, finishing off a fine run from the halfway line with a high shot - a fitting way to celebrate his 26th birthday.

The striker was unlucky not to score again after the break but he headed O'Neil's cross just wide.

Boro forward Marvin Emnes was then denied by a good block from Ritchie De Laet but Boro did break the Preston defence again, this time when Lita raced clear to collect Arca's pass and slot past Andy Lonergan.

Wheater added a third two minutes later to hand Middlesbrough only their second away win from home this season.

The victory moves the visitors one point clear of the relegation zone, while Preston remain five points adrift of safety.

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Tuesday, 28 December 2010

Npower Championship

Home Team Score Away Team Time
Preston 1-3 Middlesbrough FT
(HT 1-1)
  • Jones 27
  • Lita 30
  • Lita 59
  • Wheater 61

Preston

  • 01 Lonergan
  • 02 Morgan
  • 05 Brown
  • 19 Jones
  • 23 De Laet
  • 15 Barton
  • 20 Russell (Coutts 62)
  • 24 Pugh yellow card (Treacy 75)
  • 28 Tonge
  • 18 King yellow card
  • 26 Parkin (Parry 85)

Substitutes

  • 25 Arestidou,
  • 03 Davidson,
  • 37 McLaughlin,
  • 07 Coutts,
  • 10 Nicholson,
  • 11 Treacy,
  • 17 Parry

Middlesbrough

  • 30 Steele
  • 02 Hoyte
  • 04 Bates
  • 05 Wheater
  • 27 Bennett
  • 08 Thomson
  • 18 O'Neil
  • 20 Arca
  • 37 Tavares (McMahon 87)
  • 15 Lita
  • 32 Emnes (McDonald 72)

Substitutes

  • 21 Coyne,
  • 24 Hines,
  • 29 McMahon,
  • 10 Bailey,
  • 07 McDonald,
  • 09 Boyd,
  • 11 Kink
Ref: PawsonAtt: 11,946
PRESTON
MIDDLESBROUGH

Possession

  • Preston 48%
  • Middlesbrough 52%

Attempts on target

  • Preston 4
  • Middlesbrough 4

Attempts off target

  • Preston 8
  • Middlesbrough 9

Corners

  • Preston 8
  • Middlesbrough 4

Fouls

  • Preston 17
  • Middlesbrough 5
  • Final Result
  • Full Time
  • 90:00+4:49 The final whistle goes and the game is over.
  • 90:00+4:21 Joshua King challenges Tony McMahon unfairly and gives away a free kick. Jason Steele takes the direct free kick.
  • 90:00+4:21 Booking Joshua King is shown a yellow card for unsporting behaviour.
  • 90:00+4:03 The assistant referee signals for offside against Leroy Lita. Wayne Brown takes the free kick.
  • 90:00+3:20 Paul Parry gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Jason Steele. Free kick taken by Jason Steele.
  • 90:00+3:04 Inswinging corner taken left-footed by Keith Treacy from the right by-line to the near post, save made by Jason Steele.
  • 90:00+2:58 A cross is delivered by Keith Treacy, clearance made by Joe Bennett.
  • 90:00+1:56 The assistant referee signals for offside against Keith Treacy. David Wheater takes the free kick.
  • 90:00+1:26 Justin Hoyte sends in a cross.
  • 89:41 The ball is delivered by Billy Jones, save made by Jason Steele.
  • Correction - 86:41 Leroy Lita is ruled offside. Indirect free kick taken by Andy Lonergan.
  • Correction - 86:41 Substitution Tony McMahon is brought on as a substitute for Mickael Tavares.
  • 86:41 The assistant referee flags for offside against Leroy Lita. Free kick taken by Andy Lonergan.
  • 86:41 Substitution Tony McMahon replaces Mickael Tavares.
  • 84:35 Substitution (Preston) makes a substitution, with Paul Parry coming on for Jon Parkin.
  • 82:31 Effort from deep inside the area by Leroy Lita misses to the right of the goal.
  • 81:34 A cross is delivered by Keith Treacy, clearance by David Wheater.
  • 81:21 Joshua King delivers the ball, Justin Hoyte manages to make a clearance.
  • 80:47 Paul Coutts gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Kevin Thomson. Kevin Thomson takes the free kick.
  • 76:33 Keith Treacy produces a cross, Matthew Bates manages to make a clearance.
  • 75:38 Keith Treacy takes the inswinging corner, David Wheater manages to make a clearance.
  • 75:23 Michael Tonge takes a shot. Blocked by Mickael Tavares.
  • 74:51 Substitution (Preston) makes a substitution, with Keith Treacy coming on for Danny Pugh.
  • 74:21 Leroy Lita produces a right-footed shot from deep inside the penalty box which goes wide of the right-hand upright.
  • 73:24 The ball is delivered by Billy Jones, Matthew Bates manages to make a clearance.
  • 71:18 Danny Pugh challenges Marvin Emnes unfairly and gives away a free kick. Free kick taken by David Wheater.
  • 71:18 Substitution Scott McDonald joins the action as a substitute, replacing Marvin Emnes.
  • 71:18 Booking Caution for Danny Pugh.
  • 70:35 Corner taken right-footed by Michael Tonge, clearance by David Wheater.
  • 70:00 Foul by Matthew Bates on Jon Parkin, free kick awarded. Free kick crossed by Michael Tonge, David Wheater makes a clearance.
  • 68:59 Adam Barton concedes a free kick for a foul on Julio Arca. Gary O'Neil takes the free kick.
  • 67:56 Corner taken by Gary O'Neil, save made by Andy Lonergan.
  • 67:49 Marvin Emnes delivers the ball, Wayne Brown makes a clearance.
  • 66:40 Corner taken by Danny Pugh from the right by-line, clearance by Gary O'Neil.
  • 66:06 Marvin Emnes sends in a cross, save by Andy Lonergan.
  • 65:43 Leroy Lita fouled by Danny Pugh, the ref awards a free kick. Free kick crossed right-footed by Gary O'Neil.
  • 65:03 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Kevin Thomson by Michael Tonge. Jason Steele takes the free kick.
  • 64:53 The ball is crossed by Danny Pugh, clearance by Matthew Bates.
  • 62:47 Shot from outside the penalty box by Michael Tonge goes wide right of the goal.
  • 61:56 Substitution Paul Coutts comes on in place of Darel Russell.
  • 60:48 Foul by Adam Barton on Leroy Lita, free kick awarded. Gary O'Neil provided the assist for the goal.
  • 60:48 GOAL - David WheaterPreston 1 - 3 Middlesbrough David Wheater finds the net with a headed goal from inside the box. Preston 1-3 Middlesbrough.
  • 58:51 Assist by Julio Arca.
  • 58:51 GOAL - Leroy LitaPreston 1 - 2 Middlesbrough Leroy Lita finds the back of the net with a goal from just inside the area to the bottom left corner of the goal. Preston 1-2 Middlesbrough.
  • 57:28 Marvin Emnes takes a shot. Blocked by Ritchie De Laet.
  • 56:18 Effort from the edge of the area by Michael Tonge goes wide of the left-hand upright.
  • 55:37 The ball is crossed by Gary O'Neil, Leroy Lita has a headed effort at goal from close range which goes wide of the left-hand upright.
  • 55:03 Corner taken by Julio Arca, clearance made by Ritchie De Laet.
  • 54:34 Corner taken by Julio Arca from the right by-line to the near post, Wayne Brown makes a clearance.
  • 54:28 The ball is crossed by Justin Hoyte, blocked by Ritchie De Laet.
  • 53:37 Jon Parkin takes a shot. Save made by Jason Steele.
  • 51:55 Centre by Billy Jones.
  • 51:42 Michael Tonge sends in a cross, clearance made by Matthew Bates.
  • 50:52 Julio Arca produces a left-footed shot from outside the penalty box and misses left.
  • 49:52 Unfair challenge on Leroy Lita by Adam Barton results in a free kick. Kevin Thomson crosses the ball in from the free kick, clearance made by Darel Russell.
  • 49:20 Unfair challenge on Jon Parkin by Kevin Thomson results in a free kick. Craig Morgan takes the free kick.
  • 48:54 The ball is sent over by Marvin Emnes.
  • 47:52 Joe Bennett is ruled offside. Andy Lonergan restarts play with the free kick.
  • 46:50 Jon Parkin is caught offside. David Wheater restarts play with the free kick.
  • 45:01 The second half begins.
  • Half Time
  • 45:00+2:36 The referee blows for half time.
  • 45:00+1:40 Corner taken by Danny Pugh played to the near post, Leroy Lita manages to make a clearance.
  • 45:00+0:33 A cross is delivered by Kevin Thomson.
  • 45:00+0:10 The assistant referee flags for offside against Jon Parkin. Matthew Bates takes the indirect free kick.
  • 41:00 Ritchie De Laet challenges Julio Arca unfairly and gives away a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Justin Hoyte.
  • 40:00 Marvin Emnes fouled by Darel Russell, the ref awards a free kick. Joe Bennett takes the direct free kick.
  • 37:30 Corner from left by-line taken by Michael Tonge.
  • 36:59 Joshua King takes a shot. Blocked by Justin Hoyte.
  • 36:06 Centre by Justin Hoyte, Header by Marvin Emnes from deep inside the penalty area misses to the left of the goal.
  • 35:05 The ball is sent over by Joe Bennett, Craig Morgan manages to make a clearance.
  • 34:19 Foul by Billy Jones on Marvin Emnes, free kick awarded. Kevin Thomson takes the free kick.
  • 33:44 Leroy Lita produces a right-footed shot from a long way out which goes wide right of the goal.
  • 32:38 Effort on goal by Danny Pugh from deep inside the penalty area misses to the right of the target.
  • 29:38 GOAL - Leroy LitaPreston 1 - 1 Middlesbrough Leroy Lita scores a goal from the edge of the area high into the middle of the goal. Preston 1-1 Middlesbrough.
  • 28:53 The ball is delivered by Michael Tonge, David Wheater makes a clearance.
  • 26:27 Danny Pugh takes the inswinging corner, Danny Pugh provided the assist for the goal.
  • 26:27 GOAL - Billy JonesPreston 1 - 0 Middlesbrough Billy Jones finds the back of the net with a goal from inside the six-yard box to the top left corner of the goal. Preston 1-0 Middlesbrough.
  • 25:48 Darel Russell takes a shot. Save by Jason Steele.
  • 25:28 Marvin Emnes takes a shot. Craig Morgan gets a block in.
  • 24:56 Marvin Emnes is caught offside. Billy Jones takes the indirect free kick.
  • 24:08 Leroy Lita gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Craig Morgan. Andy Lonergan takes the direct free kick.
  • 24:01 A cross is delivered by Kevin Thomson.
  • 22:52 Joe Bennett sends in a cross, Craig Morgan manages to make a clearance.
  • 22:28 Centre by Justin Hoyte, clearance by Billy Jones.
  • 22:21 The ball is delivered by Julio Arca.
  • 21:45 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Julio Arca by Darel Russell. Free kick taken by Matthew Bates.
  • 20:04 Jon Parkin gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Kevin Thomson. Direct free kick taken by Joe Bennett.
  • 19:37 Leroy Lita produces a right-footed shot from deep inside the six-yard box which goes wide of the left-hand upright.
  • 18:14 Effort from inside the area by Adam Barton misses to the left of the goal.
  • 16:34 Shot from deep inside the area by Gary O'Neil clears the bar.
  • 14:32 Corner taken by Michael Tonge, Joe Bennett makes a clearance.
  • 14:21 Centre by Marvin Emnes, Craig Morgan manages to make a clearance.
  • 13:03 Free kick awarded for a foul by Billy Jones on Leroy Lita. Direct free kick taken by David Wheater.
  • 12:40 Free kick awarded for a foul by Mickael Tavares on Adam Barton. Darel Russell takes the free kick.
  • 12:29 The ball is sent over by Jon Parkin, Joe Bennett gets a block in.
  • 12:01 The ball is delivered by Gary O'Neil, save made by Andy Lonergan.
  • 11:28 Corner taken right-footed by Gary O'Neil to the near post, save made by Andy Lonergan.
  • 10:45 Centre by Billy Jones.
  • 10:15 Centre by Joe Bennett, save made by Andy Lonergan.
  • 9:04 Darel Russell takes a shot from just outside the penalty area clears the crossbar.
  • 8:40 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Danny Pugh by Gary O'Neil. Ritchie De Laet takes the free kick.
  • 8:05 Foul by Darel Russell on Joe Bennett, free kick awarded. Matthew Bates takes the free kick.
  • 7:22 Joshua King produces a right-footed shot from just outside the box that goes wide right of the target.
  • 5:32 Gary O'Neil is caught offside. Indirect free kick taken by Andy Lonergan.
  • 5:10 Foul by Adam Barton on Leroy Lita, free kick awarded. Matthew Bates restarts play with the free kick.
  • 4:33 A cross is delivered by Jon Parkin.
  • 4:01 The ball is delivered by Mickael Tavares, Andy Lonergan makes a save.
  • 2:28 The assistant referee flags for offside against Darel Russell. Jason Steele takes the indirect free kick.
  • 2:10 Danny Pugh has an effort at goal from outside the box which goes wide right of the target.
  • 1:59 The ball is sent over by Michael Tonge, Justin Hoyte makes a clearance.
  • 0:00 The game gets underway.

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