Championship roundup: Archer fires Middlesbrough closer to top two | Championship

Cameron Archer struck twice against his former club Preston to help seal an impressive 4-0 win for Middlesbrough, reducing the gap on second-placed Sheffield United to just three points.

With the Blades in FA Cup quarter-final action this weekend, Boro took full advantage, with top scorer Chuba Akpom poking a fine finish beyond Freddie Woodman in the 22nd minute – his 25th goal of the season.

Archer’s first arrived in the 52nd minute and his second in the 58th, with Marcus Forss wrapping up the win in stoppage time. Preston’s misery was compounded when defender Bambo Diaby was sent off…


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