Middlesbrough missed out on the playoffs as Preston produced one of the comfortable football results of the weekend in the Championship. Alan Browne opened the scoring in the 24th minute before an own goal from Dael Fry doubled their advantage. Marcus Tavernier pulled one back before Emil Riis restored their two-goal advantage in the 53rd minute. Riis made it four from the penalty spot in the 74th minute after Paddy McNair was sent off. The hosts finished the season in 13th while Middlesbrough finished one position lower than the playoff spots.

Managers Reaction 

Preston’s Ryan Lowe: “It’s crazy isn’t it, football because that’s probably the best performance we’ve had all season. It was everything we asked for. If any game plans go to plan, that was it. I think we’ve got that in our locker. The players you’ve seen all season, we’ve just been nearly there and today was just an outstanding performance and exactly what I wanted.”

Middlesbrough’s Chris Wilder: “Everything that could go wrong did go wrong. The players were really off it and our fight should have been bigger than theirs. It was not the performance and not the day – you wake up believing, but it’s not to be. I think if anybody else outside of being a professional footballer asks me about ‘nothing to play for’ ever again, I’ll just show you the performance of the opposition today and how they went about it. Preston fully deserved their result – I thought they were better than us all over the pitch. Their front two were better than our back three, their midfield players dominated and dictated and their back three were more aggressive. We’ve had better results than them because that’s the reason we’re in the position that we are and Preston are in the position that they are.”

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