Preston 2–1 Birmingham City Match Report
A Jordan Hugill goal 12 minutes from time ensured Preston remain unbeaten against Birmingham City in their last seven meetings.
Preston took the lead in the eight minute after Aiden McGeady whipped in a fantastic cross into the six-yard box where Callum Robinson headed home. The goal meant that Aiden McGeady had been directly involved in six of Preston’s last seven goals.
Hugill missed a chance to double Preston’s lead midway through the second half after McGeady crossed in another delightful cross but Hugill fired over the bar from five yards.
Tomasz Kuszczak in the Birmingham goal then made a fantastic stop to deny Daryl Horgan a goal as Horgan cut onto his left foot he curled the ball towards the left-hand corner of the goal but Kuszczak tipped the ball around for a corner.
Preston dominated the majority of the first half and it took 33 minutes for Birmingham to have a shot at the Preston goal when Lukas Jutkiewicz his shot just looped wide of the post.
Kuszczak then made another good save as he pushed Greg Cunningham’s powerful strike over the crossbar.
Birmingham changed their tactics as they came out for the second half and just two minutes after the restart they were level when Che Adams struck a half volley past Chris Maxwell in the Preston goal. The goal came from Birmingham’s first shot on target in the game.
With both teams, final ball lacking in the second half, it seemed that a draw was inevitable but twelve minutes from time Alan Browne picked out Horgan on the run who made his way into the box before his shot come cross found its way to Hugill who slid the ball home from four yards out to give Preston the three points.
Birmingham captain Craig Gardener then let his frustration boil over as he was shown a second yellow card for a late challenge on Preston left back Greg Cunningham.
The defeat means Gianfranco Zola’s team have won just one game in the 13 that he has been in charge for.