North End are rooted to the bottom of the table and destined for relegation after a home defeat to fellow strugglers Middlesborough. Preston started well with Billy Jones heading home a Danny Pugh corner but as we all know, North End cannot hold onto a lead. Middlesborough showed that they were not much better than Preston which refelected int heir league position but Leroy Lita was the shining light between the two sides. Preston's back line which included Craig Morgan who hadn't played for around two months back off from the half way line for LIta to run and convert from twenty yards out. Before the break LIta doubled his tally thanks to some ineffective marking before Wheather managed to head home to put the game beyond North End who in fairness looked anything but challenging for the points in this game which is a true reflection on the management regime at the present time.