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Birmingham City 2-2 Preston North End

Clayton Donaldson
Birmingham forward Clayton Donaldson has scored 11 goals this season

Birmingham City ended their three-game losing run at home in the Championship, but let a 2-0 lead slip as Preston North End battled back to earn a point.

Clayton Donaldson put Blues in front when he tapped in after Anders Lindegaard saved Diego Fabbrini's shot.

Birmingham doubled their lead through Donaldson's close-range finish after David Cotterill's shot was saved.

Alan Browne fired home Tom Clarke's cross to give North End hope before Greg Cunningham fired in an equaliser.

Birmingham, who had lost all their three previous games at St Andrew's 2-1, remain in ninth place - but now cannot reach the play-offs.

Preston North End stay a place below Blues in 10th as they recorded their 16th draw in the Championship this season.

Birmingham City manager Gary Rowett told BBC WM:

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Rowett on Birmingham v Preston

"I have told the players that the last 15 minutes was one of the weakest I've seen in a game.

"It probably sums up our season since March. We need to be tougher, more professional and more disciplined.

"We can have a shake-up because, if that is the level of performance that people are happy with as a top-10 side, I am certainly not happy.

"I will make sure that I will not have players in the team who are happy with that kind of performance."

Preston manager Simon Grayson:

"We showed fantastic character to get back in the game and it was the right result when you see the number of saves Tomasz Kuszczak had to make and the times we hit the post.

"We want to maintain where we are in the league and not drop out of the top-10 position where we are at present.

"We are now looking to a good home game against Burnley when I hope that we can get all three points."

Line-ups

Birmingham

  • 29Kuszczak
  • 31Caddis
  • 28Morrison
  • 32Shotton
  • 3Grounds
  • 6KieftenbeldSubstituted forGleesonat 39'minutes
  • 26Davis
  • 19MaghomaBooked at 38mins
  • 7FabbriniSubstituted forLaffertyat 76'minutesBooked at 90mins
  • 11Cotterill
  • 9Donaldson

Substitutes

  • 1Legzdins
  • 4Robinson
  • 8Gleeson
  • 15Vaughan
  • 17Solomon-Otabor
  • 23Spector
  • 25Lafferty

Preston

  • 1LindegaardSubstituted forKirklandat 45'minutes
  • 2VermijlSubstituted forHuntingtonat 20'minutesBooked at 68mins
  • 5Clarke
  • 6WrightBooked at 58mins
  • 3Cunningham
  • 4PearsonBooked at 40mins
  • 12GallagherBooked at 3mins
  • 16Browne
  • 32Reach
  • 14GarnerBooked at 35mins
  • 13DoyleSubstituted forBeckfordat 72'minutes

Substitutes

  • 10Beckford
  • 11Johnson
  • 19Welsh
  • 23Huntington
  • 25Hugill
  • 37Robinson
  • 43Kirkland
Referee:
Keith Stroud
Attendance:
14,366

Match Stats

Home TeamBirminghamAway TeamPreston
Possession
Home45%
Away55%
Shots
Home9
Away18
Shots on Target
Home4
Away6
Corners
Home4
Away4
Fouls
Home13
Away19

Live Text

Match ends, Birmingham City 2, Preston North End 2.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Birmingham City 2, Preston North End 2.

Attempt saved. Joe Garner (Preston North End) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top centre of the goal. Assisted by Alan Browne.

Booking

Kyle Lafferty (Birmingham City) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Delay in match Paul Huntington (Preston North End) because of an injury.

Paul Huntington (Preston North End) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Kyle Lafferty (Birmingham City).

Goal!

Goal! Birmingham City 2, Preston North End 2. Greg Cunningham (Preston North End) right footed shot from very close range to the high centre of the goal following a corner.

Bailey Wright (Preston North End) hits the left post with a header from the centre of the box. Assisted by Paul Gallagher with a cross following a corner.

Greg Cunningham (Preston North End) hits the right post with a left footed shot from the centre of the box following a corner.

Corner, Preston North End. Conceded by David Davis.

Foul by Greg Cunningham (Preston North End).

Kyle Lafferty (Birmingham City) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Tom Clarke (Preston North End).

Clayton Donaldson (Birmingham City) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Alan Browne (Preston North End).

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

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

Delay in match Tomasz Kuszczak (Birmingham City) because of an injury.

Corner, Preston North End. Conceded by Jonathan Grounds.

Foul by Joe Garner (Preston North End).

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

Substitution

Substitution, Birmingham City. Kyle Lafferty replaces Diego Fabbrini.

Attempt missed. David Cotterill (Birmingham City) right footed shot from more than 35 yards is close, but misses to the left from a direct free kick.

Foul by Bailey Wright (Preston North End).

Diego Fabbrini (Birmingham City) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Goal!

Goal! Birmingham City 2, Preston North End 1. Alan Browne (Preston North End) left footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Tom Clarke with a cross.

Substitution

Substitution, Preston North End. Jermaine Beckford replaces Eoin Doyle.

Attempt blocked. Greg Cunningham (Preston North End) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Attempt missed. Alan Browne (Preston North End) right footed shot from the centre of the box misses to the left.

Attempt missed. David Cotterill (Birmingham City) right footed shot from outside the box is too high from a direct free kick.

Booking

Paul Huntington (Preston North End) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by Paul Huntington (Preston North End).

Clayton Donaldson (Birmingham City) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Corner, Birmingham City. Conceded by Tom Clarke.

Foul by Ben Pearson (Preston North End).

Diego Fabbrini (Birmingham City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Attempt missed. Paul Huntington (Preston North End) header from the centre of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Bailey Wright with a cross.

Attempt blocked. Paul Gallagher (Preston North End) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

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

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Middlesbrough43268960283286
2Burnley432315567353284
3Brighton432315567392884
4Hull4222101060312976
5Derby432113964402476
6Sheff Wed431816961421970
7Cardiff431616115346764
8Ipswich431614134949062
9Birmingham431612154945460
10Preston431416134242058
11Leeds431415144653-757
12QPR431317135252056
13Brentford42168186063-356
14Wolves431314165056-653
15Reading431312184953-451
16Huddersfield431311195760-350
17Blackburn431115174043-348
18Nottm Forest431115173744-748
19Fulham431115176473-948
20Rotherham43139215265-1348
21Bristol City431212194868-2048
22MK Dons43912223560-2539
23Charlton43813223773-3637
24Bolton43415243978-3927
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