Birmingham City recorded a second win and clean sheet in three days with a second half onslaught.
Preston opened the door for Garry Monk’s men but Blues proceeded to kick it down with a dominate display after the break.
The result lifted Blues up to ninth in the table.
But here’s a few things you might not have noticed.
Kristian Pedersen’s entry in the Pass of the Season competition stood out.
Maikel Kieftenbeld’s misplaced pass that prompted Blues’ flukiest goal of 2018 was the one that grabbed the headlines.
But Pedersen’s was a joy to behold.
Here’s how the Blues players rated in the victory over Preston
The full back backtracked to retrieve a ball which had gone over his head and produced an athletic bicycle kick which set Lukas Jutkiewicz away down the touchline.
It was a specular moment which lit up a solid display from the Dane and at the time took his team forty yards upfield.
From ankle biter to Enckel-biter.
There’s every chance you missed Blues’ first goal as it happened.
The half was only seconds old when Kieftenbeld lifted a pass forward which ran through to Declan Rudd. Literally through Rudd.
The Blues fans love a goalkeeping catastrophe – and they enjoyed this one too by evoking memories of the most famous of them all.
Rudd was met with a chorus of ‘Oooh Peter, Peter, Peter, Peter, Peter, Peter Enckelman.’
Every time he went near the ball the home crowd were on his back and anxiety spread like a contagion through the visiting team.
Blues legend Bob Hatton was this week’s guest on the pitch at half time.
One third of the fabled Hatton, Latchford, Francis forward line the former striker knew what was coming.
In his half time interview he claimed Preston had come for a point but backed Blues to claim all three.
He also reflected on the value of his transfer in the modern market. Blues played Carlisle £80,000 for Hatton – ‘About a week’s wages these days’ the legend noted.
Tattoo much information
The match programme is always a source of decent material – and this week’s proved no different.
Charlie Lakin revealed that the ‘sleeve’ of tattooes he has on his left arm relate to his family and important dates to do with his parents and siblings.
Isaac Vassell gave a little insight into the dressing room and said that in his opinion Josh Dacres-Cogley possesses the best body art.
There’s always unanimity about who spends the most time in front of the mirror though – everyone says skipper Michael Morrison.
Source : BirminghamMail