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Preston North End v Birmingham City Match Preview

16 July 2020

It is the final regular home league game of the 2019/20 season, as the Lilywhites take on Birmingham City at Deepdale on Saturday afternoon.

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16 July 2020

It is hoped by everyone, that it is also the last game without your support in the ground to support the team and we look forward to welcoming you back, when it is safe to do so.

In the meantime, Alex Neil will give late checks on the likes of Ben’s Davies and Pearson before naming his side that must win and hope results go for them elsewhere to take their efforts to the last game of the season.

The visitors secured a late point against Charlton Athletic on Wednesday night, thanks to Lukas Jutkiewicz’s 15th goal of the season, that took them to 50 points and all but secured their divisional status.

But they will also be looking to confirm that under the caretaker stewardship of Steve Spooner and the other members of the coaching staff that remained after the early departure of Pep Clotet from the manager’s seat.

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Match Details: PNE v Birmingham City, Deepdale, Saturday 18th July 2020, kick-off 3pm
Competition: EFL Championship (45/46)
PNE colours: Home kit, goalkeeper in green
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Here’s all the coverage accessible on PNE.Com in preview of the game…

Sign Up To Watch The Birmingham City Game On iFollow: Preston North End supporters can watch Saturday afternoon’s game against Birmingham City at Deepdale live on iFollow PNE. Click here for more information.

Match Officials: For the fourth time this season Preston North End will have Steve Martin as the match official, when we face Birmingham City at Deepdale on Saturday. Click here for details of all the officials.

We’ve Met Before: It’s the 90th league meeting between Preston North End and Birmingham City when the sides meet in the 23rd and final home regular league game of the season at Deepdale on Saturday afternoon. Click here for more details of past battles.

The Opposition: Steve Spooner has taken charge of Birmingham City, after the departure of Pep Clotet and picked up another good point on Wednesday night. Click here to see what he said.

Alex Neil Focused On Birmingham Game: Preston North End manager Alex Neil says that with the change of management at Birmingham City, his side must just focus on their own needs for this weekend’s game. Click here for the manager’s full interview.

Andrew Hughes Looking To Take It To Final Game: Preston North End defender Andrew Hughes is looking to keep the season going until the final game of the season by getting the result required this weekend. Click here for more from Hughesy.

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Match Reports

Preston North End 2 Birmingham City 0

18 July 2020

Goals late in either half from Patrick Bauer and Brad Potts gave the Lilywhites three points at Deepdale to end their home campaign in 2019/20.

Bauer fired home Paul Gallagher’s corner a minute before the break and Potts arrowed in a left-footed drive with three minutes to go to secure the win for Alex Neil’s men.

There were four changes to the side that faced Brentford in midweek, with Josh Harrop, Brad Potts, Jayden Stockley and Paul Gallagher – who captained the side – coming into the starting XI.

And it was one of those, North End’s No.20, who had the first chance to open the scoring, after nine minutes. It was a great move with Ryan Ledson finding Stockley in the ‘D’; he paid it off to Daniel Johnson, who pushed it back to Stockley, in on goal, but he fired over the bar from 12 yards out.

A minute later and a hugely controversial moment when a blatant penalty was not awarded for a foul on Harrop in the area – it was a clear foul by Jude Bellingham – a stonewall spot kick – but not awarded by referee Stephen Martin.

The visitors first chance came right before the drinks break when Gary Gardner’s header at the near post went into the side-netting from Bellingham’s corner.

Just after the half hour Harrop was fouled 25 yards out in a right-hand channel, this time the free kick being given. Gallagher took the free kick, a brilliant effort, which beat Camp, but flew inches wide of the right-hand post.

However, the No.12 was involved in the opening goal in the penultimate minute of normal time in the first half; Gallagher’s corner from the right finding Patrick Bauer, who got in front of Harlee Dean and drilled a low shot into the bottom right-hand corner from eight yards out.

In the last seconds of the three minutes added on in the opening period, there was a brilliant save by Camp to deny Stockley’s downward header from Gallagher’s latest corner from the right, but it was 1-0 going into the interval.

At the start of the second half Declan Rudd was at his very best to turn a volley from Gary Gardner over the bar from a 20-yard strike, it was at full stretch, with a late hand to tip the ball over the bar.

The visitors’ chances continued in the early part of the half; Harlee Dean missing a free header from six yards out, Rudd making an excellent stop and then on the follow up, Bellingham fired wide of the left-hand post from 18-yards out.

But the second goal was secured as North End capitalised on the break with three minutes left. A long ball was challenged for by Maguire, Brad Potts’ run collecting the ball, getting in behind Colin and firing hard and low into the bottom right-hand corner to make it 2-0 and secure the win in the final home game of the campaign.

PNE line-up: Rudd, Rafferty, Hughes, Ledson, Bauer, Storey, Potts, Gallagher (c), Stockley, Johnson (Barkhuizen, 78), Harrop (Maguire, 77). Subs not used: Hudson, Fisher, Browne, Huntington, Sinclair, Nugent, Bodin.

Birmingham City line-up: Camp, Pedersen, Roberts, Colin, Crowley (Boyd-Munce, 71), Jutkiewicz, Dean (c), Gardner, Bellingham, Sunjic (Bela, 61), Hogan (Reid, 82). Subs not used: Trueman, Harding, Kieftenbeld, Fernandez, Burke, Gordon.

Referee: Mr S Martin

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