Birmingham winger Demarai Gray left gutted after missing chances to win Preston clash

The youngster had two excellent opportunities to win the game for the Blues at Deepdale.

Demarai Gray has explained how disappointed he was that he could not convert either of his two chances that would have helped Birmingham City defeat Preston North End on Tuesday night, the Birmingham Mail reports.

The 19-year-old had golden opportunities in both halves - including one chance in the last moments of the game at Deepdale - to help the Blues end their four-game wait for a Championship victory. Unfortunately however, both chances were wasted, and Gray revealed how annoyed he was.

"I should have taken the first half chance, or I could have got a touch in the back and got a penalty or anything," he said. "I just needed to be more composed then.

"I am gutted to miss that chance at the end, I was one on one and I don't got those chances too often. It was a great opportunity to bring the points home.

"I am really disappointed because after our performance I think we really deserved the three points.

"But I am not going to beat myself up, I am just going to keep getting in those positions and hopefully on Friday it will go in."

Despite sitting well low down in the division this season, Simon Grayson's side have proved just how difficult they are to break down. They boast the fourth best defence in the table currently, and thus Gary Rowett would have made his team aware of how imperative it was that his men took their chances when they came their way.

As well as Gray's attempts, Jon Toral also missed a couple of great chances to help Birmingham earn three points, highlighting the club's current lack of ruthlessness in front of goal. 

Centre-back Michael Morrison's equaliser against the Lilywhites was the Blues' first goal in three games, and with their top goalscorer Clayton Donaldson only notching five strikes so far this season - although he has spent some time out injured - Rowett will surely know that if the club wish to remain in the play-off hunt, they may have to make signing a striker in January their top priority. 

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