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Birmingham City 2-2 Preston North End

Ryan Shotton equalises for Birmingham
Ryan Shotton's headed goal for Birmingham levelled the scores at 1-1 in the first half

Birmingham twice came from behind to claim a point against Preston.

Preston led as Alex Baptiste poked home a corner at the far post but Blues were soon level through defender Ryan Shotton's powerful header.

However the visitors reclaimed the lead within five minutes courtesy of Daniel Johnson's well struck free-kick.

Birmingham struck the crossbar through David Cotterill before Che Adams found a right-foot volleyed finish from Jonathan Grounds' cross to equalise.

The draw stretches Birmingham's unbeaten run to six league games and keeps them inside the top six on goal difference, but Gary Rowett's side almost fell to a second home defeat of the campaign late on.

Callum Robinson fired in a shot from substitute Aiden McGeady's throughball which forced Adam Legzdins into a smart save.

Robinson was twice denied by the Birmingham goalkeeper in the closing 10 minutes as Preston pushed for just a second away win of the season.

Legzdins was also on hand to palm a powerful Greg Cunningham shot over the crossbar just after half-time.

Line-ups

Birmingham

Formation 4-1-4-1

  • 1Legzdins
  • 23Spector
  • 28Morrison
  • 5Shotton
  • 3Grounds
  • 6Kieftenbeld
  • 20StewartSubstituted forAdamsat 56'minutes
  • 18BrownSubstituted forDavisat 56'minutes
  • 19MaghomaBooked at 80minsSubstituted forSolomon-Otaborat 89'minutes
  • 11Cotterill
  • 15Jutkiewicz

Substitutes

  • 4Robinson
  • 8Gleeson
  • 14Adams
  • 17Solomon-Otabor
  • 26Davis
  • 27Trueman
  • 38Storer

Preston

Formation 5-3-2

  • 22Maxwell
  • 7HumphreySubstituted forHuntingtonat 70'minutes
  • 27Baptiste
  • 5Clarke
  • 6Wright
  • 3Cunningham
  • 4PearsonBooked at 43minsSubstituted forBrowneat 70'minutes
  • 19WelshSubstituted forMcGeadyat 83'minutes
  • 11Johnson
  • 25Hugill
  • 37Robinson

Substitutes

  • 1Lindegaard
  • 8Browne
  • 9Makienok
  • 13Doyle
  • 14McGeady
  • 18Pringle
  • 23Huntington
Referee:
Andy Woolmer
Attendance:
15,779

Match Stats

Home TeamBirminghamAway TeamPreston
Possession
Home57%
Away43%
Shots
Home15
Away13
Shots on Target
Home4
Away5
Corners
Home8
Away3
Fouls
Home10
Away17

Live Text

  1. Post update

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

  2. Full Time

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

  3. Post update

    Attempt saved. Callum Robinson (Preston North End) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Aiden McGeady.

  4. Post update

    Delay over. They are ready to continue.

  5. Post update

    Delay in match Jonathan Grounds (Birmingham City) because of an injury.

  6. Post update

    David Davis (Birmingham City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  7. Post update

    Foul by Alan Browne (Preston North End).

  8. Post update

    Attempt missed. Viv Solomon-Otabor (Birmingham City) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the right. Assisted by Michael Morrison.

  9. Post update

    Maikel Kieftenbeld (Birmingham City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  10. Post update

    Foul by Tom Clarke (Preston North End).

  11. Post update

    David Davis (Birmingham City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  12. Post update

    Foul by Daniel Johnson (Preston North End).

  13. Substitution

    Substitution, Birmingham City. Viv Solomon-Otabor replaces Jacques Maghoma.

  14. Post update

    Foul by Michael Morrison (Birmingham City).

  15. Post update

    Greg Cunningham (Preston North End) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  16. Post update

    David Davis (Birmingham City) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  17. Post update

    Foul by Alan Browne (Preston North End).

  18. Post update

    Attempt missed. Lukas Jutkiewicz (Birmingham City) header from the centre of the box misses to the left. Assisted by David Cotterill with a cross.

  19. Post update

    Che Adams (Birmingham City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  20. Post update

    Foul by Daniel Johnson (Preston North End).

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Huddersfield10712138522
2Norwich96211610620
3Brighton10532126618
4Brentford10523189917
5Bristol City105231711617
6Birmingham10451139417
7Sheff Wed105231212017
8Reading105231114-317
9Newcastle95131771016
10Barnsley105142014616
11Wolves104331412215
12Fulham10352911-214
13Ipswich1034388013
14Leeds104151012-213
15Nottm Forest103341820-212
16QPR103341216-412
17Aston Villa101721010010
18Burton102441416-210
19Preston103161014-410
20Derby1023559-49
21Wigan102261214-28
22Blackburn102261219-78
23Cardiff10226817-98
24Rotherham101361124-136
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