Preston missed a chance to return to the top half of the Championship as late Scott Hogan’s late goals took Birmingham to a 1-1 draw at Deepdale.
Neither side created a clear chance in every 90 minutes as Patrick Bauer finished the first half looking to put Preston on the path to securing three key points.
However, the three late exchanges completely changed Birmingham and in just a few minutes Hogan international Republic of Ireland came out to publish an interesting feature.
The move breaks 100% of North End boss Ryan Lowe’s record in the league since taking over the club in December, with the Lilywhites remaining 15th on the table.
The struggling Blues remain at 18 with little defense in the downfield, despite winning one in the last 10 games of all competitions.
Preston looked good on both sides in the first half, Andrew Hughes shaking his head in the corner of Ben Whiteman and Emil Riis Jakobsen’s hit to get a direct chance at Birmingham striker Neil Etheridge.
However, the initial harassment benefited Lowe’s troops as they had to be on the front foot just over half an hour later.
The other Whiteman corner was just cut in half along the box by Birmingham’s back line and Alan Browne’s effort was deflected from six yards by midfielder Bauer.
Lee Bowyer’s visitors looked to respond as soon as they resumed with Jordan James’ long-range strike bravely shutting down by Whiteman.
Preston remained a threat in the final stages, while Etheridge were called up to challenge Brad Potts and Ched Evans in quick succession.
Both bosses switched to try to force the issue in the final 15 minutes, Lowe brought in Sean Maguire and Tom Barkhuizen and Bowyer rolled the dice by throwing Ryan Woods, Jobe Bellingham and Hogan in the final.
Bowyer’s gambling was won after 86 minutes when his new face made an unexpected comeback.
The 16-year-old Bellingham – his young England brother Jude and made his debut – went through two Preston crossings in the middle of the pitch to make a corner for Woods to put the cross in the box and Hogan stepped in behind the defenders to sell. passed Daniel Iversen who appeared.