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3 things we learned from the draw between Preston North End 1-1 Birmingham City

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Birmingham have now gone five games without a win, after drawing with Preston North End in the Championship, however the Blues still moved up to eighth in the league.

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Preston remain in 16th and had been hoping to move further away from the relegation zone, but had to settle for a share of the points.

Adam Reach had put the home side ahead in the 19th minute, with a cross that missed everyone and bounced into the net.

That was how the first half finished with Preston holding a slender lead.

After the break Birmingham began to press for the leveller which duly arrived from a corner delivered by Stephen Gleeson and captain Micheal Morrison headed into the net.

The Blues had another chance to steal the points, Demarai Gray had a golden opportunity but put his shot wide, so the two teams had to settle for a share of the points.

Here are THREE things we learned from the match between Preston and Birmingham.

1) Jordan Pickford likes panto

Jordan Pickford was the hero and the villain during the game, he made some excellent saves from a string of Birmingham attacks with Gray, Morrison and James Vaughan to name a few.

He looked like he was going to have one of those nights when no matter what Birmingham threw at him, he was more than equal to it.

Then in 67th minute he became the villain, he misjudged a corner, Jacques Maghoma’s close range header then hit the bar before falling to Morrison to tap in with the Preston keeper no where near the action.

2) Birmingham are contenders

Birmingham looked impressive in this match, created numerous chances and probably should have won this game.

Although they failed to score and take the points it is clear that blue side of Birmingham will have a say in the play-offs this season, despite their current run of form.

If they play like that every week then the top six is within reach for Gary Rowett’s side.

3) Draws can be one sided

On the whole football fans are not enthused about draws it generally imply’s no one team is better than the other, in this game it was not the case.

Birmingham should have won this game by a mile. Preston had some chances but overall Birmingham deserved to win, they created enough to win several games.

If the game had finished 4-1 to Birmingham no one would be saying well that flattered them.

Preston and Birmingham fans…What do Preston need to improve the most in your team? Can Birmingham achieve promotion? Let us know what you think in the comments below!


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