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Birmingham City 3-0 Preston North End: Declan Rudd error sets Blues on course for win

Birmingham celebrate Maikel Kieftenbeld's goal
Birmingham celebrate Maikel Kieftenbeld's first league goal since February 2017

Birmingham City ended Preston's nine-game Championship unbeaten run as Declan Rudd's error set Garry Monk's side on the way all three points.

The North End keeper completely misjudged Maikel Kieftenbeld's overhit pass for Che Adams early in the second half and allowed the ball to dribble between his legs and into the net.

Jacques Maghoma added a second for Blues when he brought the ball down on his chest and fired into the bottom corner.

Adams sealed the win for Birmingham when he cut inside and slotted home on the counter attack.

Victory extended Birmingham's unbeaten run at St Andrew's to 15 games and lifted them to ninth in the table.

Preston, without top scorer Callum Robinson for at least three months because of a hamstring injury which will require surgery, arrived in Birmingham having lost just one of their previous 14 meetings with Blues.

And they went closest to scoring in the first half when Louis Moult's acrobatic overhead kick was tipped away by home keeper Lee Camp.

Darnell Fisher was also denied by Camp, although Lukas Jutkiewicz twice went close for the hosts, first heading wide before firing narrowly off target on the turn.

But Blues dominated after the break as Rudd also pulled off a fine diving save to keep out Gary Gardner's drive, while Harlee Dean headed just over the bar from a corner.

Preston manager Alex Neil speaking to BBC Radio Lancashire:

"I don't really need to say much to Declan. I thought that really affected the match. You could hear the fans talking about it for the next 10 minutes.

"Birmingham have not lost a home game all season. They're really disciplined. They don't come out to try and press the ball, and when they do get it, they get it up to Lukas Jutkiewicz and work around him. Teams like Swansea and West Brom- really good football teams who build and try to play through you- have come here and found it really difficult.

"It was a bad day at the office for us. The disappointing thing was that, towards the end of the game, we looked as if we didn't have the belief to get back into the game."

Birmingham City manager Garry Monk:

"[Promotion] is totally not in our thinking at all. We deal with reality. Everyone understands what we have been working under this season. This club have been facing relegation on the last day in three out of the last five years. We want to show progression. That is all we are focused on.

"We don't have a magic wand. We are fighting and trying to be better than what we have been before. Everyone is on the same page. If it takes us somewhere, great.

"It has been the perfect response to losing the derby and you cannot ask for anything more than what we have done. We are proud of our record at St Andrew's and we will fight hard to maintain that."

Line-ups

Birmingham

  • 1Camp
  • 5Colin
  • 28Morrison
  • 12Dean
  • 3Pedersen
  • 7MahoneySubstituted forHardingat 74'minutes
  • 6Kieftenbeld
  • 20Gardner
  • 19MaghomaSubstituted forDacres-Cogleyat 88'minutes
  • 9Adams
  • 10JutkiewiczSubstituted forBogleat 83'minutes

Substitutes

  • 4Roberts
  • 8Gardner
  • 14Bogle
  • 25Dacres-Cogley
  • 27Trueman
  • 31Lakin
  • 45Harding

Preston

  • 1Rudd
  • 2Fisher
  • 14Storey
  • 23Huntington
  • 3EarlSubstituted forHughesat 45'minutes
  • 18Ledson
  • 12Gallagher
  • 29Barkhuizen
  • 8BrowneSubstituted forBurkeat 79'minutes
  • 21BarkerSubstituted forNmechaat 57'minutes
  • 9Moult

Substitutes

  • 6Davies
  • 15Woods
  • 16Hughes
  • 19Burke
  • 22Maxwell
  • 30Baxter
  • 45Nmecha
Referee:
David Webb
Attendance:
20,523

Match Stats

Home TeamBirminghamAway TeamPreston
Possession
Home46%
Away54%
Shots
Home16
Away8
Shots on Target
Home7
Away4
Corners
Home9
Away2
Fouls
Home10
Away8

Live Text

Match ends, Birmingham City 3, Preston North End 0.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Birmingham City 3, Preston North End 0.

Attempt missed. Michael Morrison (Birmingham City) header from the centre of the box is just a bit too high. Assisted by Josh Dacres-Cogley with a cross following a corner.

Corner, Birmingham City. Conceded by Declan Rudd.

Attempt saved. Omar Bogle (Birmingham City) left footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Che Adams.

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

Delay in match Harlee Dean (Birmingham City) because of an injury.

Substitution

Substitution, Birmingham City. Josh Dacres-Cogley replaces Jacques Maghoma.

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

Delay in match Tom Barkhuizen (Preston North End) because of an injury.

Delay in match Gary Gardner (Birmingham City) because of an injury.

Substitution

Substitution, Birmingham City. Omar Bogle replaces Lukas Jutkiewicz.

Corner, Birmingham City. Conceded by Darnell Fisher.

Corner, Preston North End. Conceded by Michael Morrison.

Attempt blocked. Graham Burke (Preston North End) left footed shot from the right side of the box is blocked.

Substitution

Substitution, Preston North End. Graham Burke replaces Alan Browne.

Darnell Fisher (Preston North End) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Che Adams (Birmingham City).

Goal!

Goal! Birmingham City 3, Preston North End 0. Che Adams (Birmingham City) right footed shot from the left side of the box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Maikel Kieftenbeld following a fast break.

Attempt blocked. Alan Browne (Preston North End) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Lukas Nmecha.

Substitution

Substitution, Birmingham City. Wes Harding replaces Connor Mahoney.

Foul by Lukas Jutkiewicz (Birmingham City).

Ryan Ledson (Preston North End) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Attempt missed. Paul Gallagher (Preston North End) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the left from a direct free kick.

Foul by Maikel Kieftenbeld (Birmingham City).

Lukas Nmecha (Preston North End) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Harlee Dean (Birmingham City).

Louis Moult (Preston North End) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Harlee Dean (Birmingham City).

Andrew Hughes (Preston North End) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Corner, Birmingham City. Conceded by Declan Rudd.

Corner, Birmingham City. Conceded by Andrew Hughes.

Attempt missed. Lukas Nmecha (Preston North End) left footed shot from the left side of the box is high and wide to the right. Assisted by Louis Moult.

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

Delay in match Jordan Storey (Preston North End) because of an injury.

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

Foul by Darnell Fisher (Preston North End).

Goal!

Goal! Birmingham City 2, Preston North End 0. Jacques Maghoma (Birmingham City) right footed shot from the right side of the box to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Maxime Colin with a cross.

Foul by Gary Gardner (Birmingham City).

Ryan Ledson (Preston North End) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

goal

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