Lee Tomlin scored twice as Middlesbrough saw off spirited Preston in the Capital One Cup second round.

Tomlin picked himself up after being fouled to curl home a free-kick following an uneventful first half.

Preston's Jordan Hugill nodded in a leveller shortly after, but parity lasted only three minutes before Bradley Fewster bundled in for Boro.

Tom Clarke headed over as Preston went close, but Tomlin's superb solo effort put the game beyond the visitors.

Tomlin was denied a chance to complete his hat-trick when he was replaced by Emmanuel Ledesma.

His replacement almost teed up a fourth for the home side however, finding Fewster with a glorious pass that that the teenage striker could not convert.

Middlesbrough travel to Liverpool in the third round.

Karanka on Middlesbrough v Preston

Middlesbrough head coach Aitor Karanka told BBC Tees:

"When you finish this kind of game and get into the next round it is important. Now Man United have lost 4-0, it is a difficult competition.

"It is 19 years since the first game at Riverside and this was a good day for us.

"The lads didn't play so well in the first half, and that is normal when you feel like you are better than the other team and you feel a little bit too comfortable on the pitch. The second half was much better."

Grayson on Boro v Preston

Preston manager Simon Grayson told BBC Radio Lancashire:

"I thought it was a good team performance. Our workrate was good, our shape and discipline was good, and we were in the game.

"We had some good spells with and without the ball.

"They're a good team with some good quality and we can be proud of what we've done tonight.

"At one stage, we probably had four or five lads who were under 21 and they'll have learned so much from tonight."

Lineup, Bookings (4) & Substitutions (6)

Middlesbrough

  • 13 Konstantopoulos
  • 04 Ayala Booked
  • 17 Husband
  • 02 Abella Perez
  • 15 Hines
  • 24 Nsue Lopez (Reach - 41' )
  • 27 Adomah Booked (Garcia Martinez - 77' )
  • 08 Clayton Booked
  • 18 Whitehead
  • 10 Tomlin (Ledesma - 68' )
  • 30 Fewster

Substitutes

  • 03 Friend
  • 07 Leadbitter
  • 09 Garcia Martinez
  • 11 Ledesma
  • 20 Reach
  • 22 Omeruo
  • 40 Mejias Osorio

Preston North End

  • 01 Jones
  • 20 Davies
  • 05 Clarke
  • 22 King
  • 04 Wiseman
  • 31 Browne
  • 19 Welsh (Brownhill - 64' )
  • 08 Kilkenny Booked
  • 25 Hugill (Davies - 68' )
  • 03 Laird (Little - 77' )
  • 24 Hayhurst

Substitutes

  • 09 Davies
  • 12 Gallagher
  • 14 Garner
  • 15 Woods
  • 18 Little
  • 21 Stuckmann
  • 30 Brownhill
Ref: Mark Haywood
Att: 10,727

Match Stats

Shots

6 5

On target

3 2

Corners

7 2

Fouls

10 4

Live Text Commentary

Full time

Full Time Match ends, Middlesbrough 3, Preston North End 1.

90:00 +4:13 Full time

Full Time Second Half ends, Middlesbrough 3, Preston North End 1.

89:53

Attempt missed. Andy Little (Preston North End) right footed shot from very close range is too high.

88:34

Attempt saved. Josh Brownhill (Preston North End) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

84:00

Attempt missed. Andy Little (Preston North End) right footed shot from outside the box is too high.

82:28

Corner, Middlesbrough. Conceded by Jack King.

81:02

Attempt missed. William Hayhurst (Preston North End) left footed shot from outside the box is just a bit too high.

79:41

James Husband (Middlesbrough) wins a free kick on the left wing.

79:41

Foul by Kevin Davies (Preston North End).

76:38 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Middlesbrough. Kike replaces Albert Adomah.

76:24 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Preston North End. Andy Little replaces Scott Laird.

74:22

Foul by Albert Adomah (Middlesbrough).

74:22

Ben Davies (Preston North End) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

70:14 Booking

Booking Adam Clayton (Middlesbrough) is shown the yellow card.

70:00

Alan Browne (Preston North End) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

69:15

Foul by Adam Clayton (Middlesbrough).

67:34 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Middlesbrough. Emmanuel Ledesma replaces Lee Tomlin.

67:03 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Preston North End. Kevin Davies replaces Jordan Hugill.

65:19 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Middlesbrough 3, Preston North End 1. Lee Tomlin (Middlesbrough) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom left corner.

64:47

Attempt saved. Albert Adomah (Middlesbrough) right footed shot from the right side of the box is saved in the top right corner.

63:02 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Preston North End. Josh Brownhill replaces John Welsh because of an injury.

56:31 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Middlesbrough 2, Preston North End 1. Bradley Fewster (Middlesbrough) right footed shot from very close range to the centre of the goal. Assisted by Albert Adomah.

53:21 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Middlesbrough 1, Preston North End 1. Jordan Hugill (Preston North End) header from very close range to the top right corner. Assisted by Tom Clarke.

52:38

Foul by Dean Whitehead (Middlesbrough).

52:38

Neil Kilkenny (Preston North End) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

52:11

Foul by Sebastian Hines (Middlesbrough).

52:11

Jordan Hugill (Preston North End) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

50:34 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Middlesbrough 1, Preston North End 0. Lee Tomlin (Middlesbrough) from a free kick with a right footed shot to the top left corner.

49:48

Lee Tomlin (Middlesbrough) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

49:48

Foul by John Welsh (Preston North End).

47:00

Foul by Daniel Ayala (Middlesbrough).

47:00

William Hayhurst (Preston North End) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

45:00

Second Half begins Middlesbrough 0, Preston North End 0.

45:00 +4:15 Half time

Half Time First Half ends, Middlesbrough 0, Preston North End 0.

45:00 +2:27

Corner, Middlesbrough. Conceded by Tom Clarke.

45:00 +2:04

Corner, Middlesbrough. Conceded by William Hayhurst.

42:34 Booking

Booking Daniel Ayala (Middlesbrough) is shown the yellow card.

42:21

Foul by Daniel Ayala (Middlesbrough).

42:21

Alan Browne (Preston North End) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

40:47 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Middlesbrough. Adam Reach replaces Emilio Nsue Lopez because of an injury.

40:15

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

40:14

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

39:48

Delay in match Emilio Nsue Lopez (Middlesbrough) because of an injury.

38:45 Booking

Booking Neil Kilkenny (Preston North End) is shown the yellow card.

38:39

Emilio Nsue Lopez (Middlesbrough) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

38:39

Foul by Neil Kilkenny (Preston North End).

36:13

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

36:12

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

36:02

Delay in match Daniel Ayala (Middlesbrough) because of an injury.

34:38

Attempt missed. Adam Clayton (Middlesbrough) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the left.

31:13

Corner, Preston North End. Conceded by Damiá.

30:12 Booking

Booking Albert Adomah (Middlesbrough) is shown the yellow card.

30:07

Foul by Albert Adomah (Middlesbrough).

30:07

William Hayhurst (Preston North End) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

28:36

Corner, Middlesbrough. Conceded by Jack King.

24:50

Attempt missed. Emilio Nsue Lopez (Middlesbrough) right footed shot from the right side of the box is close, but misses to the left.

23:05

Foul by Damiá (Middlesbrough).

23:05

Scott Laird (Preston North End) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

18:28

Corner, Preston North End. Conceded by Daniel Ayala.

17:23

Attempt missed. Bradley Fewster (Middlesbrough) header from very close range is close, but misses the top right corner following a corner.

16:55

Corner, Middlesbrough. Conceded by Jack King.

16:04

Corner, Middlesbrough. Conceded by Tom Clarke.

13:38

Foul by Bradley Fewster (Middlesbrough).

13:38

Tom Clarke (Preston North End) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

12:45

Sebastian Hines (Middlesbrough) wins a free kick on the left wing.

12:45

Foul by Jordan Hugill (Preston North End).

10:51

Corner, Middlesbrough. Conceded by Tom Clarke.

7:10

Foul by Lee Tomlin (Middlesbrough).

7:10

Neil Kilkenny (Preston North End) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

0:00

First Half begins.

0:00

Lineups are announced and players are warming up.

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