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We’ve Met Before: Birmingham City Away

19 September 2019

Preston North End face their 45th away league game against Birmingham City when they travel to St Andrew’s this weekend.

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Ticket Information: Birmingham City Away

19 September 2019
The overall record between the sides, in 88 league matches home and away, sees the Lilywhites lead the head-to-head with 35 wins to the Blues’ 30.
 
The first meeting was way back in September 1894 at City’s old Muntz Street ground and it was the highest scoring affair between the sides in the second city, ending 4-4!
 
It took North End until their eighth visit, by which time their hosts were fully ensconced in their St Andrews home, for them to record at away win, that coming in February 1913, coming away with a narrow 1-0 success.
 
PNE have never, since the aforementioned opening eight-goal thriller, scored more than three goals at St Andrews, their biggest win a 3-0 success in 1955 and three 3-1 wins, the most recent being the success in September 2017.
 
That day Maxime Colin gave the hosts a 1-0 half-time lead, but a second half comeback from Alex Neil’s men saw goals from Daniel Johnson, Jordan Hugill and Tom Barkhuizen give their team the points.
Our lookback to one particular fixture, like the match above, came in the exact same week in September, this time back in 2001, as we met the Blues just months after defeating them in the Play-Off semi-finals.
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Match Officials: Birmingham City Away

19 September 2019
And again we were the victors, as a Rob Edwards goal gave David Moyes’ men their first away win of the season and consigned Birmingham to a third successive defeat.
 
Unlike the Play-Off drama, this time it was different, as the game was held up by a series of injuries, notably to Birmingham's Alan Kelly and Michael Johnson. Both players had to be substituted, Kelly leaving the action in the first period and Johnson after the break.
 
The one moment of quality in an otherwise scrappy affair came just before the hour, when Edwards' fiercely hit shot flew past Nico Vaesen and into the corner of the net.
Birmingham's best chance of the game fell to Geoff Horsfield on 66 minutes, when the striker's close-range shot came back off a post.
 
The home side began nervously - and that edginess was transmitted to loan goalkeeper and former PNE man Kelly, playing his last match for Blues before returning to Blackburn.
 
As the Republic of Ireland international punched the ball clear to end one PNE attack, he succeeded in poleaxing team-mate David Holdsworth, who needed treatment for a bang on the head. Kelly needed extensive attention himself after attempting to take the ball away from Colin Murdock in another raid from the visitors.
 
And just before the interval, the Rovers man had to be replaced by Vaesen. Birmingham eventually came into the match, forcing Lilywhites goalkeeper Tepi Moilanen into some important saves. But the Blues failed to find away past the Finnish international.
 
PNE's two best chances in the first half fell to Mark Rankine, but the former Wolves midfielder rushed his shot on both occasions. Soon after the restart, Moilanen did well to beat away another Horsfield shot and his team took the points and went on to do the double over the Blues that season.

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