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Preston North End 1-1 Birmingham City

Sam Gallagher has scored five goals in his past seven games for Birmingham City
Sam Gallagher has scored five goals in his past seven games for Birmingham City

Championship strugglers Birmingham City came from behind to earn a valuable away point against Preston North End at Deepdale.

Preston broke the deadlock early on as Blues failed to clear a free-kick and Ben Davies was on hand to fire home.

Birmingham levelled as Jacques Maghoma rounded Preston keeper Chris Maxwell and set up Sam Gallagher to finish.

Cheikh N'Doye came close to giving Blues all three points, but his late header was cleared away.

The result left Birmingham City in 23rd place in the Championship table, but just a point away from safety.

Meanwhile, Alex Neil's Preston slipped a place to 11th in the table following the stalemate.

The result extended Preston's unbeaten run against Blues to nine league matches, while Steve Cotterill is yet to win a league game at Deepdale in eight visits with five clubs - Stoke City, Burnley, Portsmouth, Bristol City and Birmingham.

Preston manager Alex Neil:

"I thought individually and collectively that's the poorest we've been since I've been at the club. So that's really disappointing.

"We didn't deserve anything from the game so the only bonus we can take is that we've got a point.

"I thought we were flowery and soft, they did the fundamentals very well but we were lacking that today. Performance-wise was really poor."

Birmingham City boss Steve Cotterill told BBC WM:

"We'll be going home disappointed tonight because we think our performance merited the win today.

"We could have gone two goals up before they scored.

"We've been playing well for a little while now. This isn't a coincidence - this is starting to be a good, consistent team."

Line-ups

Preston

  • 22Maxwell
  • 5Clarke
  • 23Huntington
  • 20DaviesSubstituted forEarlat 45'minutesBooked at 88mins
  • 3Cunningham
  • 12GallagherBooked at 45mins
  • 11Johnson
  • 29Barkhuizen
  • 10Harrop
  • 37RobinsonSubstituted forMoultat 69'minutes
  • 9HugillSubstituted forBrowneat 57'minutes

Substitutes

  • 1Rudd
  • 7Horgan
  • 8Browne
  • 19Welsh
  • 21Moult
  • 32Earl
  • 39Bodin

Birmingham

  • 13Stockdale
  • 5Colin
  • 4Roberts
  • 12Dean
  • 3Grounds
  • 17Ndoye
  • 6KieftenbeldBooked at 59mins
  • 19Maghoma
  • 26DavisBooked at 37mins
  • 20BogaSubstituted forAdamsat 86'minutes
  • 18Gallagher

Substitutes

  • 10Jutkiewicz
  • 14Adams
  • 15Bramall
  • 22Jenkinson
  • 27Jota
  • 28Morrison
  • 39Trueman
Referee:
Andy Davies
Attendance:
13,529

Match Stats

Home TeamPrestonAway TeamBirmingham
Possession
Home48%
Away52%
Shots
Home6
Away17
Shots on Target
Home3
Away3
Corners
Home4
Away8
Fouls
Home11
Away9

Live Text

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

Full Time

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

Offside, Birmingham City. Jonathan Grounds tries a through ball, but Che Adams is caught offside.

Attempt missed. Jonathan Grounds (Birmingham City) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the left following a corner.

Corner, Birmingham City. Conceded by Josh Harrop.

Corner, Birmingham City. Conceded by Daniel Johnson.

Corner, Preston North End. Conceded by Harlee Dean.

Foul by Maxime Colin (Birmingham City).

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

Attempt saved. Alan Browne (Preston North End) right footed shot from the right side of the box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Paul Gallagher.

Attempt blocked. David Davis (Birmingham City) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Booking

Joshua Earl (Preston North End) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

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

Foul by Joshua Earl (Preston North End).

Foul by Che Adams (Birmingham City).

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

Substitution

Substitution, Birmingham City. Che Adams replaces Jeremie Boga.

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

Attempt blocked. Cheikh Ndoye (Birmingham City) header from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Jeremie Boga with a cross.

Corner, Birmingham City. Conceded by Joshua Earl.

Attempt blocked. Jonathan Grounds (Birmingham City) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Attempt missed. Jacques Maghoma (Birmingham City) right footed shot from the right side of the box misses to the left. Assisted by David Davis with a through ball.

Attempt missed. Louis Moult (Preston North End) header from the centre of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Paul Gallagher.

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

Foul by Josh Harrop (Preston North End).

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

Delay in match Jacques Maghoma (Birmingham City) because of an injury.

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

Foul by Daniel Johnson (Preston North End).

Jacques Maghoma (Birmingham City) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Alan Browne (Preston North End).

Substitution

Substitution, Preston North End. Louis Moult replaces Callum Robinson.

Corner, Birmingham City. Conceded by Joshua Earl.

Corner, Birmingham City. Conceded by Tom Clarke.

Goal!

Goal! Preston North End 1, Birmingham City 1. Sam Gallagher (Birmingham City) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Jacques Maghoma.

Attempt missed. Sam Gallagher (Birmingham City) header from the centre of the box is too high. Assisted by David Davis with a cross.

Booking

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

Foul by Maikel Kieftenbeld (Birmingham City).

Josh Harrop (Preston North End) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Attempt missed. Jacques Maghoma (Birmingham City) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the left from a direct free kick.

goal

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