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Preston North End vs Birmingham City Match Preview

19 January 2018

It will be four weeks since our last Saturday afternoon home game at Deepdale, so football makes a welcome return to PR1 as we entertain Birmingham City this weekend.

Ticket News

Ticket Information: Birmingham City

18 January 2018

It’s a very different Blues side to the one we faced back in September, with Steve Cotterill having taken the reigns at St Andrews and his side have been in fine form of late, their defeat to Derby County last weekend, there first in a few games.

Back in Preston, manager Alex Neil is starting to have options available to him, with players beginning to end their spells out of the side through injury, meaning changes are available, should the boss wish to make them.

And this is the first home game since the transfer window allowed players signed in January to be available, so there could be opportunities for debutants as well, so all the more reason to get down and support a side who currently sit just two points off the Play-Off places at the top end of the Championship table.

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Match Reports

Preston North End 1 Birmingham City 1

20 January 2018

Ben Davies scored his first goal for Preston North End, but the Lilywhites were denied all three points by Sam Gallagher’s second half equaliser at Deepdale.

Davies, fired home from close range after Paul Gallagher’s cross had been headed back across his own six yard box by Birmingham City skipper Harlee Dean 17 minutes in, only for Jacques Maghoma to win the ball high up the pitch, giving Gallagher the easiest of finishes into an empty net from 18 yards out just after the hour mark.

Manager Alex Neil was without Ben Pearson through injury, but he was able to welcome back Paul Huntington from injury, and Louis Moult was on the bench for the first time, alongside the returning Josh Earl ,back after almost three months out with a knee injury.

The visitors got off to the brighter start and the warning signs were there for PNE in the opening stages when Gallagher collected with his back to goal, was allowed to turn and fired low, only for Chris Maxwell’s back leg to get something on the ball and divert it wide of the right hand post.

The whites started to get a foothold in the game and from a cleverly worked corner from the left,delivered by Paul Gallagher, Tom Barkhuizen found space on the edge of the box to volley the cross goalwards, the ball taking a deflection off Jonathan Grounds to take it behind for another corner.

The goal came when the ball was fed out to Gallagher 45 yards out in a right hand channel; he showed his usual high quality to whip a ball into the left hand edge of the six yards box where Dean headed the ball back across goal where Davies gleefully poked the ball past a despairing hand from David Stockdale in the Blues goal, for his first PNE goal and the second of his career.

The game was without real clear cut chances for much of the rest of the first half, but it was Steve Cotterill’s side who had the better possession, without really creating any clear cut opportunities to test Maxwell.

So when the equaliser came, whilst it was not necessarily against the run of play, it was not from a piece of play that cut the home side’s defence open. A backwards pass left Maxwell and the defence exposed to a high press and Maghoma nipped in, collected and passed sideways from the right hand corner of the penalty area, finding Sam Gallagher, who took a second to see the space open for him to pass the ball into the empty net from the edge of the box.

Neither side wanted to settle for a point and Earl, who came on at half-time, after goalscorer Davies was forced off with an injury, was needed to make a vital block on the line after a corner from Jeremie Boga on the right was poked goalwards.

Moult was given his first introduction, with Jordan Hugill forced off with concussion, after a clash of heads with Dean, and the No.21’s link up play almost brought at winner in the 89th minute. The ball was played forward into the transfer window signing; he fed the ball out wide to fellow substitute Alan Browne in the right hand corner of the penalty area and he drove a shot towards the bottom corner, but Stockdale got down well to make a smart save as the game ended all-square.

PNE line-up: Maxwell, Clarke (c), Cunningham, Johnson, Huntington, Davies (Earl, 46), Barkhuizen, Gallagher, Hugill (Browne, 57), Harrop, Robinson (Moult, 69). Subs not used: Rudd, Horgan, Welsh, Bodin.

Birmingham City line-up: Stockdale, Grounds, Roberts, Colin, Kieftenbeld, Dean (c), N’Doye, Gallagher, Maghoma, Boga (Adams, 86), Davis. Subs not used: Trueman, Jutkiewicz, Bramall, Jenkinson, Jota, Morrison.

Attendance: 13,529 (2,201 Birmingham City fans)

Referee: Mr A Davies

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Ticket News

Ticket Information: Birmingham City

18 January 2018

Normal matchday prices apply for Saturday afternoon’s clash with Steve Cotterill’s Birmingham City at Deepdale, with tickets on general sale for all areas.

First Team News

The One And Only Issue 14

18 January 2018

Please remember to also use the Invincibles Pavilion ticket office, which can be used to buy tickets for any part of the ground, not just the Pavilion.

Tickets can be purchased at Deepdale from 9am until 5pm on Thursday, then from 9am until 6pm on Friday night and from 9am until kick-off on the day of the game, both in person and over the ticket hotline – 0344 856 1966.

Tickets can be purchased online at MyPNE.Com 24/7 right up until three hours before kick-off, with collections available from the Sir Tom Finney Stand collections windows, to the left of the ticket office.
First Team News

Stat Attack: Birmingham City

18 January 2018

Away end tickets will be available on the afternoon, with no increases for matchday purchases. Visiting Blues supporters can buy from the away ticket office next to the Bill Shankly Kop on Lowthorpe Road, with cash and card payments accepted.

For home fans travelling to the game, there is a reminder that Moor Park School car park is no longer available, however, the club are continuing to run shuttle buses from certain areas, with further details available on the shuttle bus article on the website.

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