It was a good day for Birmingham City on Saturday, as they climbed to 11th in the Championship table with a 2-1 win over Preston North End at Deepdale.
Things started well for the Blues in Lancashire, with Adelaide United loanee Riley McGree netting on his first start for the club after less than two minutes of the game, clinically firing home first time from Lukas Jutkiewicz’ pull back to put Aitor Karanka’s side ahead.
Athough Preston levelled through Jayden Stockley’s stunning equaliser, a late strike from substitute Gary Gardner was enough to secure all three points for the visitors, allowing them to leapfrog their opponents into the top half of the Championship table.
One player who plenty of Birmingham fans were keen to praise as they took to Twitter to react to the win was McGree, with many impressed with both his first goal for the club, and his all-round performance in Lancashire.
Here, we take a look at what some of those supporters had to say about the midfielder.
McGree was unreal today!! #BCFC
— Nathan Tipping (@nathantipping99) October 31, 2020
I’m a massive fan of Crowley, but McGree yesterday looked far more dangerous in one game than Crowley ever has in all of his combined. Also the transformation in Dean is absolutely mental. #bcfc
— Andy Lovell (@MyNoseisBlue) November 1, 2020
McGree looks like one of those midfielders who has the knack of arriving in the box just at the right time. Really clever runner off the ball, and high quality on the ball too #bcfc
— ToweringZigic (@ToweringZigic) October 31, 2020
What a win! Absolutely superb shift from everyone! Juke and Sunjic were incredible. McGree so impressive. Things really starting to click for Karanka. #bcfc
— James Jenkinson (@JamesJenkinson_) October 31, 2020
Only Karanka could break a 19 year record of blues not beating Preston away while at the same timing turning McGree into KDB and JDC into prime Cafu 🤯 #BCFC
— Jamie Macgregor (@m1ndspeak5truth) October 31, 2020
Gardner was unlucky not to start, given his performance and goal on Wednesday.
— Oliver Newman (@AFanPerspective) October 31, 2020
What a result. Well played today. Took the game to them instead of sitting back and looking a lot more creative. McGree looks a positive addition too. Love it, so happy 👌🏻 #BCFC
— ▪ 🅻🆄🅺🅴 ▪ (@luke_2793) October 31, 2020
McGree looking very good, link up play with him Leko, Jukey and Sanchez looking very good. Solid start again, looking organised. #bcfc
— Matt Butlin (@MattieBluenose) October 31, 2020