Vital Report - Preston 0-0 Middlesbrough
Preston North End's Championship season got underway with a draw at Deepdale against Middlesbrough on Sunday in the live Sky Sports match.
It might have ended in a nil-nil draw but there were plenty of positive for North End from this draw with the favourites to win the Championship title.
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Middlesbrough, who field summer signing Downing, after his return to the club following his big money return from West Ham, didn't really test PNE 'keeper Pickford too much, in at Deepdale from Boro's rivals Sunderland, with captain Leadbitter missing the best chance when he finished wastefully from close range.
Keane had en effort cleared off the line by Friend as Preston threatened to breakthrough with Garner, also appealing a penalty, forcing a save out of Boro 'keeper Konstantopoulos.
Garner, given his goalscoring exploits last season, would have been expected to do better with an injury-time header from a Cunningham cross but he nodded wide when very well placed.
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