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Match Report: PNE 1 Birmingham City 1

15 January 2022

Match Reports

Match Report: PNE 1 Birmingham City 1

15 January 2022

Preston North End were pegged back late in the game against Birmingham City as Scott Hogan earned a point for his side.

PNE took the lead shortly after the half-hour mark courtesy of Patrick Bauer, but he may not have known too much about it, with the ball deflecting off his foot as Alan Browne drove a low effort goalwards.

North End were the side on top for large periods, but substitute Hogan headed home in the 86th minute to claim a late point for the visitors.

It was North End who started on the front foot and they would have been frustrated not to have taken the lead, with Andrew Hughes heading wide unmarked from eight yards inside the opening ten minutes of the game.

Emil Riis did find the target with a header of his own shortly after, on the end of a good cross in by Greg Cunningham, but goalkeeper Neil Etheridge was equal to it.

Etheridge was involved again on 27 minutes, as he came rushing out to head away Ched Evans' through ball for Brad Potts, and it fell to skipper Browne, who tried his luck first time with a speculative effort from all of 40 yards, however it landed just wide.

Browne’s effort four minutes later ended in a goal, though, as he struck a low effort through a crowded penalty area and, on its way to goal, the ball took a nick of Bauer before beating the ‘keeper.

That gave the Lilywhites a half-time lead, which was almost cancelled out within minutes of the second half, as Jordan James hit a powerful effort towards Daniel Iversen’s goal, which Ben Whiteman threw himself in front of to head over the bar.

There weren’t too many chances of note in the play that followed, until on 64 minutes, when Cunningham sent a whipped cross in from the left for opposite wing back Brad Potts to meet, but his volley was kept out by Etheridge.

Not too long later, it looked as though Daniel Johnson would have a chance to go one-on-one with the goalkeeper as Riis beat his man and looked to play through North End’s No.11, but his pass was cut out before it could reach the attacking midfielder.       

That was the first of a flurry of chances which followed for PNE, one of which saw Whiteman’s cross looking for substitute Sean Maguire float all the way to the back post where Etheridge was forced to tip wide.

North End then broke through Maguire and he played through Evans, who cut back on to his left foot, but saw his shot saved.

The home side were made to pay for those missed opportunities late on in the game, as Hogan headed home a cross from the right to earn a point for the Midlands side.

PNE line-up: Iversen; van den Berg, Bauer, Hughes; Potts (Barkhuizen, 71), Whiteman, Browne, Johnson, Cunningham; Evans (Sinclair, 87), Riis (Maguire, 71). Subs not used: Ripley, Lindsay, McCann, Rafferty.

Birmingham City line-up: Etheridge; Mengi, Roberts, Pedersen; Colin, Gardner, James, Sunjic (Woods, 82), Bela (Bellingham, 83); Jutkiewicz, Hernandez (Hogan, 83). Subs not used: Trueman, Walker, Masampu, Campbell.

Attendance: 12,821 (1,994 away fans).

Referee: Mr A Davies.

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