Preston played out a 1-1 draw at Middlesbrough this evening, with the unbeaten league run extended to seven games.

Josh Harrop’s opener was quickly cancelled out by a Darnell Fisher own goal, meaning North End had to make do with a point. That’s a little frustrating, but with Preston still sitting fifth, it’s another decent point on the board.

The game itself threw up some interesting stats, and here are ten of the best…


  • Tonight’s goal was Josh Harrop’s first away league goal in a Preston shirt. His previous league goals – against Cardiff City, Sunderland and Stoke City – all came at Deepdale.
  • Of Preston’s nine shots on goal, just one was on target – and that was Harrop’s goal.
  • Only four of those nine efforts came from open play. The other five came from set pieces, again highlighting North End’s lack of fluency in open play.
  • Joe Rafferty, Ben Pearson and Ben Davies all completed more than 50 passes. No Middlesbrough players reached more than 45.

Preston North End manager Alex Neil. (Photo by Alex Dodd – CameraSport via Getty Images)

  • With six headers won, Patrick Bauer was the most dominant player in the air. Dael Fry and Alan Browne were closest with five.
  • Bauer was also the best on the pitch for interceptions (3) and clearances (6).
  • Daniel Johnson was the only Preston player with more than one key pass. Johnson notched two, with Seani Maguire, Josh Harrop, Ben Pearson and Tom Barkhuizen all registering one each.
  • Ben Pearson was the most effective dribbler on the pitch, registering four successful dribbles. Only Paddy McNair completed more than one for Boro.

Preston North End’s Tom Barkhuizen goes down in the area under a challenge from Middlesbrough’s Daniel Ayala. (Photo by Alex Dodd – CameraSport via Getty Images)

  • Despite being key attackers for Preston, Seani Maguire and Tom Barkhuizen both failed to register even a single shot on goal.
  • Maguire was also dispossesses six times, the most on the pitch and three times more than next-worst for Preston, Barkhuizen (2).
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