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Birmingham City vs Preston North End Match Preview

30 November 2018

The Lilywhites head back out on the road after a double-header of home comforts, looking to take their unbeaten run into double figures and make it two away wins on the bounce.

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Ticket Information: Birmingham City

29 November 2018
After four points were picked up from what appeared two tough home games on paper, Alex Neil’s side are looking upwards once again, but are well aware of how difficult Saturday’s trip to St Andrews will be.
 
Garry Monk’s side were victorious against ten man Millwall on Wednesday night, with a Meredith own goal, created by the in-form Che Adams and Michael Morrison securing their first win in four games against Neil Harris’ Lions.
 
This was an excellent response from the Blues, who had suffered derby day agony the previous Sunday at Villa Park, despite having taken the lead and have a gilt-edged chance to go two up against their second city rivals. So they will be buoyed by that grit shown to bounce straight back and will pose a tough test of North End’s run of form.
 
Ticket Information
There is already over a 1,000 North End fans travelling to St Andrews this weekend to see the Lilywhites take on Birmingham City on the first day of December…
 
 
 
Ref Watch
Taking charge of his second North End game of the season this weekend is match official David Webb…
 
 
Memorable Match
We turn the clock back to our last Championship Play-Off campaign, back in 2009, for our latest look back to a memorable match and boy was this an eventful afternoon at St Andrews…
 
 
Opposition View 
Birmingham City manager Garry Monk is asking his players to focus on doing their job right as they take on the Lilywhites at St Andrews on Saturday.
 
 
Team News
Manager Alex Neil was down to his last 18 fit senior players for Tuesday night’s excellent display against Middlesbrough…
 
 
Match Coverage
If you can’t make the trip to St Andrews this weekend, don’t worry, we have you covered with every minute of action available through our media channels…
 
 
Alex Neil’s Thoughts
Preston North End manager Alex Neil has presided over a nine-game unbeaten spell of late, the longest current run in the Championship…
 
 
Brandon Barker Preview
Preston North End’s on loan Manchester City winger Brandon Barker is relishing the chance he is getting after showing patience in recent months…
 

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Match Reports

Birmingham City 3 Preston North End 0

1 December 2018

North End’s nine-game unbeaten run came to an end at St Andrews, As Garry Monk’s side scored three unanswered second half goals.

An early long-distance effort from Maikel Kieftenbeld, followed by efforts from Jacques Maghoma and Che Adams gave the home side the three points.
 
Manager Alex Neil was forced to make two changes to his starting XI, losing Ben Pearson and skipper Tom Clarke through injury, with Darnell Fisher and Ryan Ledson returning to the team. Ben Davies was fit to make the bench, whilst Jack Baxter was also included for the first time.
 
The first half was devoid of clear cut chances, however, it was the yellows who were the ones who tested their opposite keeper, with the experienced Lee Camp in the City goal twice needed to keep out the Lilywhites.
 
Just before the half hour mark was the closest the visitors came to a goal in the opening period; a Tom Barkhuizen long throw from the right recycled by Paul Gallagher and Louis Moult, with his back to goal on the edge of the area, executing a superb bicycle kick, that Camp tipped over the bar.
 
And the former Derby and Nottingham Forest stopper again needed to keep his wits about him just minutes later as a Gallagher free kick from the left was met by stand-in captain Paul Huntington, whose header was on target, but straight at the custodian.
 
But just 30 seconds into the second half North End went behind. A long ball over the top from Kieftenbeld went over the North End defence and through Declan Rudd into the goal.
 
Straight after it could have been two, with the Blues top scorer Lukas Jutkiewicz forcing the North End No.1 into a fine save to his right, after the keeper had pushed away Gary Gardner’s initial shot.
 
But it was 2-0 just after the hour mark. North End had reason to be incensed as Alan Browne was seemingly fouled in the middle of the pitch, but the referee let play go on and eventually the ball fell in the box to Maghoma, who turned and fired right footed into the bottom left-hand corner from 15 yards out.
 
Lukas Nmecha was brought on and he and Louis Moult combined well mid-way through the half, with the on loan striker firing a vicious effort from the left corner of the penalty area that flew past Camp, but just over the cross bar.
 
A Gallagher free kick on 73 minutes beat the wall, but flashed just past Camp’s outstretched right arm and the left-hand post, after Nmecha had been hauled down 25 yards from goal as the yellow tried to get back into the game.
 
But it was 3-0 when Adams broke down the left-hand side on a counter-attack, running onto Kieftenbeld’s lofted ball over the top, before getting into the area and firing right-footed into the bottom right corner of the goal.
 
Graham Burke was introduced and almost had an immediate impact, his shot blocked for a corner and then almost forcing Camp into a mistake as he tried to get on the end of Fisher’s long ball back into the box after Gallagher’s initial cross had been headed clear.
 
But the scoreline remained 3-0, with the home side extending their unbeaten home start to the season, ending the Lilywhites’ excellent run of results in the process.
 
Birmingham City line-up: Camp, Pedersen, Colin, Kieftenbeld, Mahoney (Harding, 74), Adams, Jutkiewicz (Bogle, 83), Dean, Maghoma, G Gardner, Morrison (c). Subs not used: Trueman, Roberts, C Gardner, Dacres-Cogley, Lakin.
 
PNE line-up: Rudd, Fisher, Earl (Hughes, 46), Ledson, Huntington (c), Storey, Barkhuizen, Gallagher, Moult, Browne (Burke, 79), Barker (Nmecha, 57). Subs not used: Maxwell, Davies, Woods, Baxter.
 
Attendance: 20,523 (1,258 PNE fans)
 
Referee: Mr D Webb

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Ticket News

Ticket Information: Birmingham City

29 November 2018

There is already over a 1,000 North End fans travelling to St Andrews this weekend to see the Lilywhites take on Birmingham City on the first day of December.

Tickets remain on general sale, available online at www.mypne.com, by calling 0344 856 1966 or in person from the ticket office.
 
We have been given an initial allocation of 1,898 tickets in the Gill Merrick Lower Stand for this fixture, with prices as follows: Adults £20, seniors (over 65) and 19 to 24-year-olds £15, 13 to 18-year-olds £10 and U13s £5.
 
Please be aware that all supporters under the age of 15 must be accompanied by an adult, otherwise they will be refused entry to the stadium.
There are also 21 pairs of tickets for supporters in wheelchairs, six pairs on the platform and 15 pairs at pitch level. Prices are as per the relevant age band with the carer ticket free of charge.
Ambulant disabled supporter tickets are taken from the main allocation, again prices as per the relevant age band with the carer ticket free of charge.
 
Birmingham City have confirmed that PNE fans can pay on the day on Saturday. It will be cash only from the away turnstiles, with no price increase on the day. Any supporters collecting tickets can do so from the away turnstiles from 2pm or when the supporters coaches arrive, if later than 2pm.
 
Tickets will be on sale until 4pm on Friday 30th November for over the phone and in person sales and they will go off sale at 1pm online at MyPNE.Com.
 
Coach travel is also available for this game and is priced at £15 per person, with coaches departing both Deepdale and Leyland at 11am.

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