Blues came out looking like a completely new team after yet another loss in midweek and they did not give Preston a sniff throughout the entire first half of this fixture.
Jermaine Boga was a threat in the first half by putting balls into the box and creating runs through the back four of the visitors. Midfielder Jason Lowe fell injured very early on, so on came young Everton loanee Liam Walsh who looked good early on. Blues held Preston down, they didn’t do much first half but blues did. It looked like Redknapp really had formed the team he’d always wanted. A few injuries, so some key players still to come back; including Che Adams and Jota. It was an exciting game, Blues had some good chances early on, and nearly made a claim for an early goal when Sam Gallagher just missed the ball off a Jermaine Boga corner.
Harlee Dean was strong at the back and Maxime Colin was looking good as ever since he joined the blues and it was him who opened the scoring and bought the Blues fans delight after a few weeks of loses and the first half could not have been going any better in any way.
Second half arrived and it was as if there was a different eleven out there, totally different from the team that played in the first 45. You’d have thought the only thing Redknapp could have said at half time was “same again please” but whatever Harry did say to the players did not work. Preston came out the blocks the better side, yes, granted they were always going to have their time to play, but shouldn’t have been for as long or as good as they did.
Damien Johnson made the score line 1-1 early in the second half and got a yellow card for his celebration; mainly because of his links with Aston Villa where he played when he was younger. The home fans did not know what had hit them, they were falling into the traps of their old ways and basically falling asleep. Giving the opposition too much space is never a good thing and it crucified Blues further when a Blues target in the transfer window, Jordan Hugill, lost the marker of Michael Morrison and finnesed it round David Stockdale to move the Lilly whites into a commanding lead.
They nailed Blues to yet another loss really, there was only one team in the game in the second half.
Harry made a couple more substitutions but even a striker of Isaac Vassell’s capability couldn’t change the looking of the final result for the boys in royal blue – and just like it has been for a very long time now, it was the same old Birmingham City. Ex Blackpool man Tom Barkhuizen put the nail in Harry Redknapp’s coffin… Well that wasn’t known until earlier on Saturday night!
Like I said there was only one team in the game once Preston had equalised, but it wasn’t even as if Blues attempted to get themselves into the game, North End overall had a field day.
The question we would have asked ourselves after today’s showing would have been what now? And it actually is still the question, because we since foud out that Harry Redknapp parted company with Blues.
Some will see this as a bad decision, some won’t and will see the good side of this and I am one of those people because no matter which way you look at it, a manager no matter whether they’re Harry Redknapp or not can survive losing 6 straight defeats! It was always coming for me, well that was if the performances didn’t improve and unfortunately for Redknapp they didn’t.
There are many men possible for the job, and hopefully one of them can put us back on the straight & narrow. Ever since Derby captured Gary Rowett we’ve not been able to find the right replacement, I feel like Harry was a stopcat whilst we found something more concrete. I think Steve Cotterill should be the man for the job, he assisted Redknapp when he first came in so he could potentially be the man for the hotseat.
So then, who do you think Bluenoses; leave your thoughts in the comment section below.