Daniels: Hesitant and did not give off much confidence at all. 4
Dijksteel: Key saving tackle to deny Johnson late in first half. But poor for the third goal. 5
Fry: Had his hands full with Archer and Riis and was comprehensively second best. Booked. 4
McNair: Brought back into the side, but lacked his usual authority. Booked before being dismissed. 4
Jones: Got little joy down the right and his decision-making wasn't great. 5
Howson: Started okay, but got swamped. Was still Boro's best. 6
Crooks: Very, very quiet. 4
McGree: Subjugated by Preston's impressive midfield and his poor day summed up when he was dispossessed ahead of Preston's third. Soft. 4
Tavernier: Had a difficult time of it, even if he gave Boro brief hope early in the second half. 5
Sporar: Anonymous and lightweight in probably his last game for Boro. 4
Watmore: Policed comfortably by Preston's backline. 5
Substitutes: Coburn (Sporar 62) 5.
Balogun (Watmore 66). Denied by a fine save from Iversen. 5
Connolly (Dijksteel 66) 5.