Our pick of three past trips to Saturday's opponents Preston...

Basement Battle

Boro edged a point clear of the Championship's relegation zone with a crucial win over bottom club North End in December 2010. Billy Jones struck first for the hosts, but Leroy Lita scored twice and David Wheater added a third to complete the turnaround.

New Year, New Boro

Tony Pulis collected his first win as Boro boss from a New Year's Day visit to Deepdale, but again the Teessiders had to do it the hard way. Despite Dani Ayala's opener, Boro trailed 2-1 at the break, with another Ayala effort and a Jonny Howson peaching taking the three points. 

Four In A Row

Two years to the day from the win under Pulis, Jonathan Woodgate's side were hitting their stride with a fourth straight Championship victory, Rudy Gestede and Ashley Fletcher scoring second half goals to continue the momentum from Boro's festive season.