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Birmingham City 1-3 Preston North End

Harry Redknapp
Birmingham's only league win this season under Harry Redknapp came at home to Bristol City last month

Birmingham City slumped to a fifth successive Championship loss to Preston in what proved to be Harry Redknapp's last game in charge.

Full-back Maxime Colin fired in from a narrow angle to give Birmingham the lead on his home debut.

But Preston scored three times in 11 second-half minutes through Daniel Johnson, Jordan Hugill and Tom Barkhuizen to condemn Blues to defeat.

Birmingham confirmed Redknapp's departure after the game.

Redknapp took over at St Andrew's in April and steered Blues to survival on the final day of last season before signing a one-year deal in May.

His departure comes following a disappointing start to the season which has seen Redknapp's side take just four points from their opening eight games to sit 23rd in the table.

Preston had not won away from home in 15 league fixtures, but turned the game on its head in a fraught spell in the second half to move up to fourth place.

Former Aston Villa midfielder Johnson provided the impetus with his second goal of the season, fired in from outside the box, before Birmingham imploded to hand Alex Neil's side the points.

Colin gave the ball away, with Hugill's shot taking a deflection off Michael Morrison to make it 2-1 and Barkhuizen made the points safe seven minutes later from Josh Harrop's cross.

Preston, who brought in former Premier League goalkeeper Dean Kiely as goalkeeping coach earlier on Saturday, were not troubled at the other end with Blues managing just two shots on target.

Preston manager Alex Neil:

"I made the players aware at half-time that I expected more from them in the second half.

"I got the response I wanted and I could not have asked any more. We had bits of quality to finish off moves we had at the time.

"I gave them a hard time at half-time and they responded well to come back after trailing by a single goal."

Line-ups

Birmingham

Formation 4-3-3

  • 13Stockdale
  • 2Nsue
  • 12Dean
  • 28Morrison
  • 5Colin
  • 17N'DoyeSubstituted forJutkiewiczat 68'minutes
  • 21LoweSubstituted forWalshat 4'minutes
  • 26DavisBooked at 23mins
  • 19MaghomaBooked at 54mins
  • 18GallagherSubstituted forVassellat 61'minutes
  • 20Boga

Substitutes

  • 4Roberts
  • 8Gardner
  • 10Jutkiewicz
  • 11Vassell
  • 15Bramall
  • 24Walsh
  • 29Kuszczak

Preston

Formation 4-2-3-1

  • 22Maxwell
  • 15WoodsSubstituted forVermijlat 80'minutes
  • 23Huntington
  • 20Davies
  • 32EarlBooked at 31mins
  • 8Browne
  • 11JohnsonBooked at 57minsSubstituted forRobinsonat 90+2'minutes
  • 24Maguire
  • 10HarropSubstituted forWelshat 69'minutesBooked at 70mins
  • 29Barkhuizen
  • 9HugillBooked at 27mins

Substitutes

  • 2Vermijl
  • 7Horgan
  • 17Spurr
  • 19Welsh
  • 27Mavididi
  • 28Hudson
  • 37Robinson
Referee:
Keith Stroud
Attendance:
21,168

Match Stats

Home TeamBirminghamAway TeamPreston
Possession
Home51%
Away49%
Shots
Home6
Away14
Shots on Target
Home2
Away6
Corners
Home7
Away5
Fouls
Home7
Away18

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Birmingham City 1, Preston North End 3.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Birmingham City 1, Preston North End 3.

  3. Post update

    Joshua Earl (Preston North End) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  4. Post update

    Foul by Jacques Maghoma (Birmingham City).

  5. Post update

    Foul by Alan Browne (Preston North End).

  6. Post update

    Lukas Jutkiewicz (Birmingham City) wins a free kick on the right wing.

  7. Substitution

    Substitution, Preston North End. Callum Robinson replaces Daniel Johnson.

  8. Post update

    Attempt saved. Daniel Johnson (Preston North End) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Tom Barkhuizen.

  9. Post update

    Foul by Paul Huntington (Preston North End).

  10. Post update

    Lukas Jutkiewicz (Birmingham City) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  11. Post update

    Attempt missed. Jordan Hugill (Preston North End) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the left. Assisted by Chris Maxwell.

  12. Post update

    Corner, Birmingham City. Conceded by Chris Maxwell.

  13. Post update

    Attempt missed. Alan Browne (Preston North End) left footed shot from outside the box misses to the right. Assisted by Daniel Johnson.

  14. Substitution

    Substitution, Preston North End. Marnick Vermijl replaces Calum Woods.

  15. Post update

    Foul by John Welsh (Preston North End).

  16. Post update

    Lukas Jutkiewicz (Birmingham City) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  17. Post update

    Corner, Birmingham City. Conceded by Paul Huntington.

  18. Booking

    John Welsh (Preston North End) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

  19. Post update

    Foul by John Welsh (Preston North End).

  20. Post update

    Jacques Maghoma (Birmingham City) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Leeds85211431117
2Wolves8521138517
3Cardiff8521127517
4Preston843193615
5Ipswich7502128415
6Sheff Utd850386215
7Middlesbrough8422105514
8Bristol City83411510513
9Sheff Wed8341107313
10Nottm Forest84041113-212
11QPR83231212011
12Norwich8323812-411
13Aston Villa8242109110
14Fulham824287110
15Derby73131111010
16Millwall823311929
17Hull82241415-18
18Reading722367-18
19Burton8224615-98
20Barnsley7214811-37
21Sunderland8134712-56
22Brentford8044712-54
23Birmingham8116412-84
24Bolton8026416-122
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