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Match Report – Boro vs Preston North End: Wilder searches for his first win as Boro left rocked by loss at home to Preston

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Credit: @theboroofficial instagram - Middlesbrough left frustrated as the visitors come from behind to take an unexpected victory on Tuesday evening...

Middlesbrough took the lead in the first half through Paddy McNair’s powerful header as the visitors left it late to take the spoils.

Striker Ched Evans’s header from a whipped in corner in the 77th minute levelled the game as PNE gained the momentum.

Emil Riis Jakobsen then smashed home the winner 4 minutes later after a defensive calamity from defend Sol Bamba who failed to clear the ball.

Boro had no response in the remaining minutes as Chris Wilder looks for his first win in charge of the Teeside club. 

The new boss saw his side dominate for large periods on Saturday against Millwall and fail to get over the line. It was a similar story against Preston on Tuesday evening. 

The home side took the lead in the 33rd minute as Paddy McNair smashed his header past the helpless Daniel Iverson after the corner from Jonny Howson found its way into the path of the Boro man.

Wilder’s side were unable to increase their lead despite having a number of chances.

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PNE goalkeeper Iverson was in unstoppable form, turning Duncan Watmore’s driven effort over the bar just before half-time. 

After the break, Lee Peltier’s smashed shot was tipped onto the crossbar before the 24-year-old Danish keeper was called upon again to make a diving save from striker Sporar’s low effort. 

Despite being under pressure for most of the game, McAvoy’s side soaked up the Boro onslaught and equalised through Ched Evans, who played under Wilder at Sheffield United, with just 13 minutes left on the clock. 

His header nestled into the net after the corner from midfielder Ben Whiteman cannoned off the head of the veteran attacker. 

Just four minutes later, the side from the North-West took an unlikely lead after a decent counter-attack. They dispossessed Boro on the edge of their own box and turned defence into attack. 

After the referee waved away a handball claim when Tavernier’s shot was blocked in the penalty area, Preston found themselves in the lead.

Sol Bamba’s clumsy clearance deflected off the leg of McNair straight to the feet on Striker Jakobsen. The Dane made no mistake, smashing his shot into the back of the net past Luke Daniels.

The visitors scored from both their shots on target as Boro were unable to respond with just nine minutes left – much to the frustration of the Riverside crowd. 

The 2-1 defeat meant Preston avoided their third straight defeat. The home side now fall a place behind the Lilywhites in the Championship table and sit in 15th position. 

Preston North End face a challenging proposition at home on Saturday as they invite table-toppers Fulham to the North-West, with striker Aleksandar Mitrovic in great goalscoring form.

Middlesbrough are six points adrift from QPR in the play-off places and need some much-needed momentum heading into the challenging Christmas period. They currently find themselves dropping down the table week by week and but are still eight points above the relegation zone.

Their recent run will worry the team and fans alike who were left frustrated once again after the home loss on Tuesday evening. 

Wilder will be hoping to get his first win as new boss on Saturday. His team travel to Yorkshire to face promotion hopefuls Huddersfield at the John Smith’s Stadium.

The crunch games come thick and fast. 

What did the managers say?

Middlesbrough manager, Chris Wilder said:

“I thought Preston were the better side for the first 10. We got to grips with that. We got ourselves up in the game and for the amount of chances we have had we should have increased our lead.

He added:

“In the second half we were not so dominant, but there was nothing from the opposition that changed the flow. We were still in the ascendancy. What affected the game was our attitude towards it.

“For the period where we lost it we played like we were three or four up. We weren’t, we were one up. If you are only one up then things can turn around. Even if we were three or four up I don’t want to play like that. I thought we tried to force it, there were too many looking to be the star of the show, looking for the killer ball. The top and bottom of it is that we have lost a game we should have comfortably won.”

Preston’s Frankie McAvoy said:

“It was the players who delivered on the pitch. We started the game well, we were brave. We had a couple of good shouts for penalty kicks in the first half, one in particular looks a stone-waller; the other I could see that given as well. We conceded from a corner kick again, we have worked hard on those, that’s disappointing.

He added:

“In the main we defended well. That is now four wins in the last seven games. The biggest thing is the team spirit we have, it has always been there despite what other people think. The fans were magnificent as well. I am delighted we have won it.”

Post-match thoughts? Will Wilder get his first win on Saturday? Can Boro make the play-offs this season?

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Police Alerted After Newcastle United Fan Urinates On Statue Devoted to Sunderland Legend

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Police have been alerted about social media footage which appears to show a Newcastle United fan urinating on a statue of Sunderland football legend Bob Stokoe.

The tribute, outside Sunderland’s Stadium of Light ground, recreates the late Stokoe’s famous dance across Wembley’s turf after he had masterminded the club’s 1-0 FA Cup final victory over Leeds United.

Footage has now emerged on social media of a male wearing a Newcastle United change shirt while apparently urinating on the statue.

In response to the images, a Sunderland Football Club spokesperson said on Monday: “This matter has been referred to the police and we will not be making any further comment at this moment in time.”

Stokoe, ironically, is also a hero and an FA Cup winner on Tyneside. Born in 1930 in Mickley, in Northumberland, the central defender made 261 appearances for Newcastle United and was a member of their 1955 FA Cup final winning team.

Arriving at Sunderland in November 1972 while they were struggling towards the bottom of Division Two, he plotted the club’s FA Cup final triumph in May the following year before guiding the Black Cats back to the top flight in 1976.

He resigned just months later following a poor start to their Division One. Stokoe died at the age of 73 in 2004 in Hartlepool after suffering from pneumonia.

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Newcastle Fan Gets ‘Attacked’ by Aiden McGeady in Bar With Sunderland First Team

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A video was published to Twitter which shows a Newcastle fan get ‘attacked’ by Aiden McGeady in a bar with the Sunderland first team.

Twitter user @rheppellhardy, who has since deleted his account following backlash, wrote a tweet on Wednesday night explaining what happened in a Stack venue, before the post started to gain traction.

He said: “Why the fuck has the actual Sunderland first team come and started on me and big Premier League Aiden McGeady ripped me top in the stack 🤣🤣🤣.

 

He issued the above video before captioning it with: “Someone who I’ve never heard of said how much are yous on ur skint 🤣 league 1 yina”

Again he wrote in another post: “Scuse me mate can a have a word, do you know who I am” 🤣🤣 No fucking clue mate”

There were plenty of reaction tweets too….

@worthy_noah: “I remember my first pint aswell mate”

@worthy_noah: “Not sure I went on like this much of a cock like”

@MackemTalk_: “You saw the state of you lad he’d Snap you in half But again You had to act like the Big man Because Your boyfriends where with you”

Did you see what happened?

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Fans urged to clap at Newcastle match in memory of teen

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Mason Kirk (Credit: Family Picture)

Fans are being encouraged to clap at Newcastle match on Saturday in memory of teen who died from cancer.

Mason Kirk passed away suddenly from a rare form of cancer in January – ITV reports.

The family of the 17-year-old are urging people to clap at the 17th minute of the Newcastle vs Brighton match.

His dad Michael told ITV News Tyne Tees: “After complaining about back pain for several weeks and unsuccessful trips to a walk-in centre, and his GP, I took him to A&E where he received an MRI scan that showed lesions in his spine.

“We were transferred to the RVI, which is where we received a diagnosis no parent wants to hear – aggressive and inoperable late-stage ATRT cancer in his spine and brainstem”

“Mason died on the 27 January, just nine days after he was diagnosed.

“It’s took awhile for me to pull myself round (as I suffer from severe mental illness). So I decided to begin organising something to raise awareness of ATRT and teen cancer, and to pay tribute to our beautiful brave son.

“Mason was an avid Newcastle United fan, I took him to his first game when he was 6 and he caught the NUFC bug. Later, he and his friends bought season tickets.”

Michael continues: “Mason’s memory will live on through myself, his Mam Leanne, his little brother Alfy, cousin Liam and the rest of our family.

“He was the nucleus of our lives…our world is shattered but we cannot let our courageous son’s story go untold.”

“We realise things are tight for a lot of us at the minute but we’d like any donations to go to Great North Children’s Hospital or the Sir Bobby Robson Foundation.”

ITV also said that Mason will feature in the programme.

Go here to donate to Great North Children’s Hospital.

Or to donate to the Sir Bobby Robson Foundation go here.

 

 

 

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