An unused substitute in Preston's last two Championship outings, Robinson was recalled by manager Simon Grayson for the trip to the Riverside, but the 21-year-old forward did little to justify his inclusion in the first XI.
The Villan, who spent the first half of the season at Bristol City, managed just 19 touches in a game which seemed to pass him by - and one which he failed to enter the opposition penalty area even once.
Robinson, who was hauled off for Jermaine Beckford after the hour mark, also could only manage nine passes at an average of one every six and a half minutes to suggest he was very much on the periphery of things.
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Granted, second-placed Middlesbrough are one of the strongest sides in the Championship, but they did not dominate the Lilywhites which, given his position, would have made Robinson's perceived anonymity that bit more understandable.
Grayson's side, chasing a third straight away win for the first time since 2005, managed 12 shots compared to Boro's 14, winning the same amount of corners - four apiece - and finished with 45% possession.
And they had chances, with Paul Gallagher fluffing a glorious opportunity from six yards, while John Welsh saw his effort cleared off the line. It was not a case of Robinson - who, to his credit, has two goals in five starts - being one of many quiet performers on the day.