Harry out as Brum strug­glers flop again

Daily Star Sunday - - RESULT! - By ADRIAN STILES

HARRY REDKNAPP parted com­pany with Birm­ing­ham af­ter his side crashed to a home de­feat.

The for­mer West Ham and Tot­ten­ham boss, 70, took charge at St An­drew’s with three games re­main­ing last term, win­ning the fi­nal two to avoid rel­e­ga­tion on the fi­nal day of the sea­son.

But Birm­ing­ham have now lost six games in a row and are sec­ond from bot­tom of the Cham­pi­onship ta­ble, with just four points from eight games.

Af­ter the de­feat Redknapp said: “We played well in the first half and started the sec­ond half well. Then they came on to us and we couldn’t han­dle it.

“We sort of dis­in­te­grated a bit re­ally. It was just rank poor play from us that cost us goals.

“The play­ers have got to ad­just to the Cham­pi­onship if they are go­ing to sur­vive. It was hor­ren­dous de­fend­ing in the mid­dle of the park.

“I didn’t tell them to do that, that’s for sure, but I take the blame – that’s the way the game is.”

North End scored three times in 12 sec­ond-half min­utes as they hit back from a goal down to claim their first away win of the sea­son.

Daniel John­son can­celled out Maxime Colin’s opener for the Blues be­fore strike pair Jor­dan Hugill and Tom Barkhuizen struck to se­cure the points.

It was a sec­ond win in a week for the Li­ly­whites, who had ended Cardiff’s un­beaten start to the Cham­pi­onship sea­son on Tues­day, and they have now taken 11 points from the last 15 avail­able.

Birm­ing­ham’s af­ter­noon was com­pounded by a leg in­jury to Jason Lowe, who lasted just two min­utes on his home de­but fol­low­ing his move from Black­burn.

But the home side took the lead in the 35th minute as Colin cut in­side to ham­mer a low shot past Chris Maxwell.

Pre­ston were level in the 55th minute, John­son fir­ing in a blis­ter­ing 25-yard ef­fort.

Hugill put the Li­ly­whites ahead on the hour, cut­ting in from the left and fir­ing home.

And Sean Maguire set up Barkhuizen to put the game out of reach in the 67th minute.

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