Here's how the media saw Boro's 2-0 win over Preston North End.

BBC Sport

Middlesbrough cruised past Preston, who had midfielder Alan Browne and manager Alex Neil sent off in a chaotic match at the Riverside in the Championship.

In a torrid first half for the visitors, Preston defender Jordan Storey sliced Yannick Bolasie's cross into his own net before skipper Browne was sent off for an off-the-ball clash with Sam Morsy on the halfway line.

North End manager Neil had a lengthy verbal exchange with referee Oliver Langford after the half-time whistle before being sent to the stands by the official.

Against 10 men, Middlesbrough repeatedly cut through the visitors' defence, with Marcus Tavernier doubling the lead in the 51st minute, but they were unable to make the victory even more convincing.

Sky Sports

Middlesbrough moved to within five points of the Championship play-off zone by piling further frustration on Preston with a 2-0 win at the Riverside Stadium.

Despite starting the stronger, Preston fell behind in the 22nd minute when defender Jordan Storey sliced a Yannick Bolasie cross into his own net.

To make matters worse for the visitors, referee Oliver Langford sent off captain Alan Browne with nine minutes remaining of the first half for lashing out at Boro's Sam Morsy.

Browne reacted to Morsy's arm hitting him in the face after an aerial challenge.

When Preston boss Alex Neil entered the pitch to complain - after the half-time whistle - he too was shown the red card.

It was hardly the end to the opening period Preston will have wanted having started so promisingly and Marcus Tavernier added a second goal in the 51st minute to help Middlesbrough stay within sight of the top six.

Northern Echo

Neil Warnock wanted three big wins this week to reignite Middlesbrough’s faltering play-off hopes, and his wish could yet be granted after overseeing a Riverside double.

No matter how aggrieved Preston boss Alex Neil, who was red carded by referee Oliver Langford after the half-time whistle, was about this defeat, Boro have claimed six points from back-to-back games inside four days.

The challenge to finish in the play-off zone remains a big one, but Warnock wants his side to keep winning – and believes they can.

If they can put a further dent in Millwall’s own top six hopes at The Den this weekend then the battle will be well and truly on again.

Teesside Live

After the injustices and the injuries, Neil Warnock will no doubt feel it's about time Lady Luck gave Boro a helping hand and a nudge in the right direction.

And Boro certainly had good fortune on their side at the Riverside on Tuesday night.

After Blackburn and Swansea and the other controversies and injustices that have building in Warnock's mind - plus the lengthy list of injuries to his side in the second half of the season - the Boro boss will be glad to be the beneficiaries of fortune rather than the victims.

And after getting a leg-up in the first half, Boro took full advantage in the second, substitute Marcus Tavernier - back in the squad after injury - doubling the lead and wrapping up three crucial points. It's the first time Boro have won successive home games in three months, two victories that have kept the season alive in this crunch week.