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Match Previews

Preston North End vs Birmingham City Match Preview

15 March 2019

The final international break of the season is preceded by the Lilywhites hosting Garry Monk’s Birmingham City at Deepdale this weekend.

Ticket News

Ticket Information: Birmingham City

14 March 2019

Both sides are sat in a good position, on the cusp of the Play-Off spots, and will be looking to go into the gap with a positive result to set them up for the final eight games of the season.

Despite a couple of tough results in the last week, the Blues have had an excellent campaign to date, spear-headed by the talismanic front duo of Lukas Jutkiewicz and Che Adams, who will pose a big test to North End’s youthful backline.

But after making it six straight away wins up at the Riverside Stadium on Wednesday night, Alex Neil’s side will be brimming with confidence as they return to PR1 in front of a big crowd.

Ticket Information
It’s a 3pm kick-off for our final game before the last international break, as we take on Garry Monk’s Birmingham City in the SkyBet Championship at Deepdale this Saturday…

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Ref Watch
For the fourth time this season Scott Duncan takes charge of the Lilywhites for this weekend’s clash with Birmingham City…

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Memorable Match
It’s fairly easy to pick a memorable match when talking about Preston North End versus Birmingham City, as we head back to Friday 18th May 2001…

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The One And Only Issue 22
Sean Maguire has heard all the jokes about raised eyebrows – but he is hoping PNE can still raise a few before the end of the season…

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Team News
Manager Alex Neil will welcome back Darnell Fisher after suspension for Saturday’s clash with Birmingham City at Deepdale…

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Opposition View
Birmingham City manager Garry Monk says his side will be looking to end the Lilywhites’ long unbeaten run at the weekend, just as they did in the first half of the season...

Click here to read what he has to say ahead of the visit to PR1

Match Coverage
Whether you’re overseas and watching on iFollow or in the UK and listening to the game on our coverage, you’ll hear the tones of former PNE skipper Paul McKenna this weekend…

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Alex Neil’s Preview
Preston North End manager Alex Neil says that neither he nor former team-mate Garry Monk will be expecting any surprises from this weekend’s encounter with Birmingham City…

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Declan Rudd Interview
Preston North End goalkeeper Declan Rudd has said that his mistake at Birmingham City earlier this season was the key to his current form…

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Match Reports

Preston North End 1 Birmingham City 0

16 March 2019

Sean Maguire scored a dramatic winner in the final minute of injury time to take Preston North End level on points with the Play-Off positions.

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Alex Neil: “I Believe In These Players”

16 March 2019

Only goal difference keeps the Lilywhites out of the top six after the Irishman headed home Daniel Johnson’s corner in the 94th minute.

In reality, it was a game that will not live long in the memory, played in torrential rain, with only two shots on target for Alex Neil’s men – the other coming in the chance that brought the winning corner – but none of that matters, as the result will still say 1-0.

The manager was without Alan Browne and Paul Gallagher for the clash with former Barnsley team-mate Gary Monk’s Birmingham City, but there was a return after four months on the sidelines for Callum Robinson and Louis Moult, who both were included on the bench.

The visitors started brightly and it took a superb save from Declan Rudd to keep the game goalless, a quarter of an hour in. Lee Camp played a huge long ball forward that bounced kindly for City’s top scorer Che Adams who found himself one-on-one with North End’s No.1, but the keeper came out on top to block the effort from the former Sheffield United man.

And the home custodian was certainly the busier of the two goalkeeper’s before the interval, needed again to push behind a 20-yard effort from Jacques Maghoma, after a corner was recycled out to the tricky winger on the left-hand side.

But PNE grew into the game in the final 15 minutes of the opening period, they were the better side. Just before the half hour mark Ben Pearson had a shout for a penalty, after dancing past three defenders, before a ricocheting ball was worked out to Andrew Hughes on the left. He drilled the ball into the feet of the starting Jayden Stockley, who spun and shot in the left-hand corner of the six yard box, but dragged his effort wide of the post.

In the final five minutes before half-time a returning Brad Potts saw a free kick blocked for his side’s first corner of the game and from Johnson’s resulting corner, Hughes saw a shot blocked, with Jordan Storey seemingly held back as he tried to poke the ball home.

With an hour gone, Robinson made his return, introduced for Potts to a great reception from the home faithful. However, it was others who were to be involved in the dramatic winner.

First Team News

Double Delight For Callum

16 March 2019

As the game entered the final of four minutes added on by referee Scott Duncan, there was a huge chance for a winner. The pace and determination of Ben Pearson picked up a partial clearance from Maguire, and the No.4 raced away down the right before pushing the ball inside the one tracking defender for Johnson to run onto. The former Aston Villa man was one-one-one with Lee Camp, but the Blues stopper made a superb save to force a corner.

Johnson himself went across to the right hand side of the Alan Kelly Town End goal-line and swung a deep corner into the back post to where the diminutive Irishman Maguire found himself in space to head home from inside the six-yard box to dent the home fans into delirium and secure the points that made it eight wins in 11 games and 12 games unbeaten overall.

Next stop on the rollercoaster, Reading in a fortnight… one not to be missed!

PNE line-up: Rudd, Fisher, Hughes (Earl, 70), Pearson, Storey, Davies, Nmecha, Johnson, Stockley (Barker, 74), Maguire, Potts (Robinson, 60). Subs not used: Crowe, Moult, Rafferty, Ledson.

Birmingham City line-up: Camp, Pedersen, Kieftenbeld, Mahoney (Jota, 79), Adams, Jutkiewicz, Dean, Maghoma, G Gardner, Morrison (c), Harding. Subs not used: Trueman, C Gardner, Vassell, Mrabti, Dacres-Cogley, Davis.

Attendance: 17,509 (5,556 Birmingham City fans)

Referee: Mr S Duncan

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Ticket News

Ticket Information: Birmingham City

14 March 2019

It’s a 3pm kick-off for our final game before the last international break, as we take on Garry Monk’s Birmingham City in the SkyBet Championship at Deepdale this Saturday.

First Team News

Ref Watch: Birmingham City

14 March 2019

Normal matchday prices apply for this game and you can click here for a full run down of the prices and concession categories on offer for league games at Deepdale.

Tickets are now on general sale from the ticket office at Deepdale, either to be loaded to your member card or via a paper ticket. For more information on member cards and their usage, click here.

For those turning up and buying on the day, purchases can be made in person at both the Sir Tom Finney ticket office and also use the Invincibles Pavilion ticket office, which can be used to buy tickets for any part of the ground, not just the Pavilion. The Sir Tom Finney ticket office is open from 9am on a matchday and the Invincibles Pavilion ticket office is open from 1pm.

Tickets can be purchased at Deepdale from 9am until 5pm on Thursday, 9am until 6pm on Friday night, 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. The online service is now fully responsive on both mobile and tablet.

First Team News

Memorable Match: Birmingham City

14 March 2019

Or, if you have a member card, you can buy right up until kick-off on MyPNE.Com and load your ticket straight to your card!

Away end tickets are sold out, there are no sales on the day for Birmingham City supporters. However, any collections can be made from the away ticket office next to the entrance of the Bill Shankly Kop on Lowthorpe Road, open from 1.30pm.

For home fans travelling to the game the Leyland shuttle bus will be in operation for the game, stopping at the usual points; pick up times as usual.

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