The conditions were atrocious at St Andrews with wind and constant rain causing difficulty for both teams. Alex Neil made four changes. Browne played at right back whilst Molumby, Whitemen and Ledson played in midfield with Riis up front.
The first half was distinctly average. Birmingham looked the more likely to score but most shots were from range. Iversen was called on to make one save.
The frustration in the first half was with Riis. The home side were playing a high line and Riis was caught offside on a number of occasions. If he held his line then it seemed apparent that Preston would be able to counter effectively.
It seemed the half time team talk got through to Preston and they capitalised by playing on the counter and staying onside. They created several chances at the beginning of the second half.
Riis was played through on the right hand side. He squared for Potts who only had to beat the keeper but his shot hit the post. Moments later Potts then had a shot from range which the keeper saved.
Preston soon broke the deadlock when Molumby countered. He played in Sinclair on the right who finished across the keeper into the bottom corner.
The visitors looked dangerous on the break with pace but couldn't add to their solitary goal. Birmingham came back late on but were unable to fashion a chance which really troubled Iversen.
Frustrations did boil over at the end but after seven inexplicable minutes of stoppage time Preston came out on top which sees them come away from Birmingham with three points.
As ever the problem will now be to find some consistency over the next few weeks if Preston are to seriously consider a move up the table.