Harry out as Brum strugglers flop again
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.