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Goals from Grant Hall, Paddy McNair and Nathaniel Mendez-Laing gave Middlesbrough a 3-0 home victory over Stoke City on Saturday, with Neil Warnock admitting that they would have been “completely out” of the playoff picture if they had not won the game.
An inconsistent run of form has seen Boro fall behind in the race for the top six; since picking up an impressive 2-0 victory over Reading three weeks ago, Boro have won just two of their last five while rivals Cardiff City and Barnsley have gone on winning runs.
Their next four games after Tuesday will play a big part in deciding their fate this season as they are all against top-10 sides, including sixth-placed Barnsley and seventh-placed Bournemouth.
Warnock’s side have won half of their 18 home games this season but have not won back-to-back matches at the Riverside since mid-December.
Boro have not kept a clean sheet since their 0-0 draw with Norwich City at the end of January, meanwhile, but equally they have scored in all nine games since then too.
Boro’s 3-0 loss to Preston earlier in the season is their joint biggest margin of defeat in 2020-21 and also the Lilywhites’ joint biggest margin of victory; it was only Preston’s second win over the Teeside outfit in their last 17 meetings.
Alex Neil’s side could certainly do with a similar result on Tuesday as they have just two victories in their last 11 matches and lost 1-0 to bottom of the table Wycombe Wanderers on Saturday while only having one shot on target.
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Neil, who made three changes at half time at Adams Park to try to change the tide, admitted that he was “alarmed” about the run of form that his side are on.
Preston are at risk of letting their season peter out with 10 games left to play as they are 17 points behind the playoffs but 12 points clear of safety.
Only three sides in the Championship have conceded more goals than the Lilywhites this season, while they have lost three successive away games; the last time they lost four in a row on the road was at the end of the 2018-19 campaign