Daniel Johnson and Patrick Bauer during the win at Birmingham
Here are the PNE player ratings from the visit to St Andrew's. Do you agree with them?
Apart from a couple of efforts going straight at him, the PNE keeper was untroubled. Handling and distribution was fine. Pushed high when Preston launched their attack. Decent enough show, kept Bellingham quiet, but did get caught out for the offside goal late on. The German defender headed and kicked anything which came his way, was a dominant force at the heart of the North End defence. Man of the match. Linked-up so well with Bauer to limit the home attack to very little. Comfortable on the ball when PNE played out from the back. Steady game on his return after six weeks out with a hamstring injury. Kept a close eye on winger Dan Crowley in the first half. Looked to get on the ball and played the holding role well, not diving in for tackles. Pushed himself through the pain barrier late on when he cramped up. His free-kick hit the inside of the post which saw Maguire follow-up to score. Enjoyed his time in the quarter-back role. Started on the left before moving sides for the second half. Part of a disciplined PNE press at the top end of the pitch. In the first half especially got on the ball well and moved it out of some tight areas. A good place to win for an ex-Aston Villa man. In the right place at the right time to score the winning goal. Worked hard down the side and posed a threat moving inside. Not much came his way in terms of chances but he chased everything played over the top to put the Blues defenders under pressure. Part of a late double sub. Spilt blood for the cause when he put his head in where it hurts. On at the same time as Browne, helped run the clock down with some tactical nous. An 89th sub for Fisher, bringing fresh legs to the back four.