Another superb performance from Garry Monk’s Birmingham City, which included desire and fight, earnt them all three points against a tough Preston side who were unbeaten in 9 before they made the trip to the fortress St Andrews.
The game was dominated by Blues and that domination nearly payed off in the fifteenth minute. A drilled in ball from Che Adams deflected off Fisher who nearly diverted the ball past his own ‘keeper and could have put the Blues ahead.
8 minutes later, Blues felt they should have had a penalty. Adams was bundled over in the box but the strong appeals from the fans and players were waved away by the referee.
Just before halftime, Blues could have gone ahead. Jutkiewicz turned his man, ran into the box but his shot just went wide at the post. The two teams went in level but Blues were by far the better team and were unlucky to not have gone ahead.
Blues got their reward immediately after the interval. An awful mistake by Preston goalkeeper Declan Rudd gave Blues the lead through Maikel Kieftenbeld. An attempted pass to Adams ran through to Rudd but he let the ball roll straight through his legs. The St Andrews crowd were lifted.
7 minutes after Maghoma could have doubled Blues’ lead. Adams found Maghoma on the edge of the box but the Congo international couldn’t finish and put the ball into the Tilton End.
Maghoma made amends though as he doubled Blues’ lead in the sixty first minute. A cross from Colin got chested down by Maghoma who wriggled his way through two defenders and then scored with a super finish. The wingers first goal since the first game of the season.
To settle the nerves, Che Adams sealed the win and grabbed the third in the 77th minute. A long ball from Kieftenbeld fell to Adams who made his way into the penalty area and beat Declan Rudd at his far post. The win was secured thanks to another great team performance.
“Garry Monk” rang around the crowd. How far can he take us?
Overall, what a week it has been. Two wins, two clean sheets and most importantly, six vital points. Garry will now have to prepare his team to go again against a well organised Bristol City team on Saturday. Both teams will be ready to fight.