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Preston North End 1-1 Birmingham City

Birmingham's goal
Marnick Vermijl almost cleared Birmingham's goal but it was ruled to have crossed the line

Birmingham moved up to eighth despite a fifth successive Championship game without a win in a draw at Preston.

Adam Reach gave the hosts a fortunate lead when his cross from the right went past everyone and bounced into Tomasz Kuszczak's net.

Blues levelled with Michael Morrison's header from Stephen Gleeson's corner, with Marnick Vermijl clearing from just behind the line.

Demarai Gray should have won it for City but dragged his shot wide.

Preston, who remain 16th, had kept eight clean sheets in their previous 10 games and were hopeful of extending that run until midway through the second half.

Keeper Jordan Pickford had been the hero for Preston, with several good saves from Gray, Jon Toral, James Vaughan and Morrison.

But he was unable to stop Morrison's goal after misjudging the corner, or Jacques Maghoma's close-range header which hit the crossbar.

And Blues were again frustrated in injury-time when teenager Gray raced away from the Preston defence but put his effort wide.

Preston boss Simon Grayson: "Jordan was the first to apologise for the goal because he's come for it and missed it completely.

"We forgive him for that because he kept us in the game anyway. It shows he's got high standards for himself.

"The lad's got a bright future wherever he's going to be. We're just happy to have him and help with his development."

Birmingham manager Gary Rowett:

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Rowett on Preston v Birmingham

"We conceded a very poor goal which we should have dealt with much better, but our goalkeeper has maybe made one save.

"We have had five one-on-ones, hit the bar, hit the post and their keeper has made three or four unbelievable saves.

"For the home keeper to get the man-of-the-match award tells you we should have won comfortably. We should have won tonight and a couple more games with those chances."

Line-ups

Preston

  • 1Pickford
  • 2Vermijl
  • 5Clarke
  • 23Huntington
  • 3CunninghamBooked at 81mins
  • 12GallagherBooked at 51minsSubstituted forWelshat 70'minutes
  • 11Johnson
  • 16BrowneSubstituted forKilkennyat 83'minutes
  • 32Reach
  • 14Garner
  • 9KeaneSubstituted forHugillat 70'minutes

Substitutes

  • 6Wright
  • 8Kilkenny
  • 13Doyle
  • 15Woods
  • 19Welsh
  • 25Hugill
  • 43Kirkland

Birmingham

  • 29Kuszczak
  • 2EardleyBooked at 66mins
  • 28Morrison
  • 23Spector
  • 3Grounds
  • 8Gleeson
  • 6KieftenbeldBooked at 83mins
  • 19MaghomaSubstituted forDavisat 89'minutes
  • 22ShinnieSubstituted forToralat 45'minutes
  • 7Gray
  • 15VaughanBooked at 81minsSubstituted forHalfordat 88'minutes

Substitutes

  • 1Legzdins
  • 17Solomon-Otabor
  • 20Toral
  • 26Davis
  • 31Caddis
  • 44Brock-Madsen
  • 45Halford
Referee:
Kevin Wright
Attendance:
10,668

Match Stats

Home TeamPrestonAway TeamBirmingham
Possession
Home55%
Away45%
Shots
Home9
Away18
Shots on Target
Home4
Away6
Corners
Home5
Away7
Fouls
Home14
Away12

Live Text

Match ends, Preston North End 1, Birmingham City 1.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Preston North End 1, Birmingham City 1.

Attempt missed. Daniel Johnson (Preston North End) left footed shot from the left side of the box is high and wide to the left. Assisted by Joe Garner.

Foul by Jordan Hugill (Preston North End).

Michael Morrison (Birmingham City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Attempt missed. Demarai Gray (Birmingham City) left footed shot from the left side of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Jon-Miquel Toral with a through ball following a fast break.

Attempt missed. Jon-Miquel Toral (Birmingham City) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the left. Assisted by Jonathan Grounds.

Offside, Birmingham City. Tomasz Kuszczak tries a through ball, but Greg Halford is caught offside.

Tom Clarke (Preston North End) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Greg Halford (Birmingham City).

Foul by Neil Kilkenny (Preston North End).

Jon-Miquel Toral (Birmingham City) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Substitution

Substitution, Birmingham City. David Davis replaces Jacques Maghoma.

Substitution

Substitution, Birmingham City. Greg Halford replaces James Vaughan.

Joe Garner (Preston North End) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Michael Morrison (Birmingham City).

Substitution

Substitution, Preston North End. Neil Kilkenny replaces Alan Browne.

Booking

Maikel Kieftenbeld (Birmingham City) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Daniel Johnson (Preston North End) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Maikel Kieftenbeld (Birmingham City).

Attempt missed. Jon-Miquel Toral (Birmingham City) header from the centre of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Stephen Gleeson with a cross following a corner.

Booking

Greg Cunningham (Preston North End) is shown the yellow card.

Booking

James Vaughan (Birmingham City) is shown the yellow card.

Corner, Birmingham City. Conceded by Joe Garner.

Corner, Birmingham City. Conceded by Jordan Pickford.

Attempt saved. Michael Morrison (Birmingham City) right footed shot from the right side of the box is saved in the top right corner. Assisted by Demarai Gray.

Attempt saved. James Vaughan (Birmingham City) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Jon-Miquel Toral.

Attempt saved. Joe Garner (Preston North End) left footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Greg Cunningham with a cross.

Jonathan Grounds (Birmingham City) hits the left post with a left footed shot from the centre of the box. Assisted by Michael Morrison with a headed pass following a set piece situation.

Foul by Alan Browne (Preston North End).

Jon-Miquel Toral (Birmingham City) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Tom Clarke (Preston North End).

James Vaughan (Birmingham City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Corner, Preston North End. Conceded by Jonathan Spector.

Substitution

Substitution, Preston North End. Jordan Hugill replaces Will Keane.

Substitution

Substitution, Preston North End. John Welsh replaces Paul Gallagher.

Joe Garner (Preston North End) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Jonathan Spector (Birmingham City).

Foul by Joe Garner (Preston North End).

Michael Morrison (Birmingham City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

goal

As It Stood

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1Middlesbrough21134430121843
2Brighton211110031201143
3Derby21118232131941
4Hull20115429131638
5Burnley219842620635
6Ipswich219753128334
7Cardiff218942722533
8Birmingham218672623330
9Sheff Wed217952826230
10Brentford218583030029
11Blackburn2161052218428
12QPR217772627-128
13Reading207672623327
14Wolves206772525025
15Nottm Forest216782020025
16Preston2151061717025
17Fulham215883437-323
18Leeds205871822-423
19Huddersfield2156102230-821
20MK Dons2154121728-1119
21Bristol City2147102037-1719
22Charlton2146111934-1518
23Rotherham2143142238-1615
24Bolton21110101631-1513
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