Preston picked up another win on Tuesday night, with Republic of Ireland duo Aiden McGeady and Daryl Horgan again at the centre of the action.
With the former scoring two brilliant efforts and setting up a third, and the latter scoring his first goal for his new club, all eyes were on the wingers once again and they not disappoint.
Although neither player scored on this occasion, they left Deepdale with one assist each as Simon Grayson’s side continued their push for the playoffs with a 2-1 win against Birmingham.
McGeady provided the pinpoint cross for Callum Robinson’s header within the first ten minutes; the former Celtic man set up Robinson in the 4-2 win against Saturday and the two combined here again to devastating effect.
Horgan, meanwhile, set up the winner with less than fifteen minutes remaining. The ex-Dundalk winger worked his way into the box before squaring the ball across the face of goal, allowing Jordan Hugill to poke home and give Preston the three points and consign Birmingham manager Gianfranco Zola to yet another defeat.
Indeed, Horan nearly scored his second in two games but a well-taken left foot strike was tipped away by Birmginham keeper Tomasz Kuszczak in the first half.
The win keeps the Lilywhites in touching distance of the Championship playoff places; promotion still seems unlikely but if McGeady and Horgan can keep this sort of form going then they will feel they might be able to sneak into the top six.
For the players themselves, meanwhile, this sort of form can only give Martin O’Neill something to think about ahead of Ireland’s matches against Wales and Iceland next month, the latter in particular could see them get their chance.