By Layth Yousif For Mailonline
Published: 16:54 GMT, 1 January 2018 | Updated: 16:59 GMT, 1 January 2018
The first Championship matches of 2018 took place on Monday with the pick of the action at Deepdale where Preston hosted Tony Pulis' Middlesbrough.
Boro eventually won an entertaining game 3-2 after Daniel Ayala put Middlesbrough ahead in Pulis' second match in charge on 13 minutes.
But in a lively opening Callum Robinson headed in an equaliser 60 seconds later before Jordan Hugill nodded home five minutes before the break to make it 2-1 to North End.
Middlesbrough's Daniel Ayala scores the opening goal against Preston North End at Deepdale
Preston's Callum Robinson pictured scoring his side's equaliser to make the score 1-1
Preston North End's Jordan Hugill celebrates scoring his side's second goal to make it 2-1
Jonny Howson drew Boro level