Birmingham City and Preston North End played out one of the drab football scores of the weekend in the Championship. Both teams had to settle for a point with neither team able to create too many goal-scoring opportunities. Birmingham came closest to scoring when Troy Deeney’s header struck the crossbar after a brilliant ball from Dion Sanderson. This was the fourth consecutive draw for the visitors. Birmingham would be happy with the clean sheet after conceding seven goals in their previous two outings. Preston capped a good week after they beat Cheltenham to reach the fourth round of the Carabao Cup midweek.

Managers Reaction

Birmingham’s Lee Bowyer: “Both keepers played well and made good saves and I’m pleased for Matija. He’s improving. He’s at a different club, with different lads in a different environment. There’s a lot he’s had to adjust to but he’s doing that and it’s good to see. It’s good for us to get back to a clean sheet because you always have a chance of winning games.”

Preston’s Frankie McAvoy: “Neither team did enough to win the game in my opinion. I felt the first half, on chances, we had the better of them. There were a couple of good chances we could have stuck away and that was a bit frustrating. But, overall, we both lacked quality in the final third. We were desperate to get that first goal because goals change games but the longer it goes 0-0, the mindset changes and you don’t want to lose the game.”

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