PRESTON goalkeeper Declan Rudd has a strong candidate for worst goalkeeper howler EVER thanks to this astonishing gaffe.
Birmingham's Maikel Kieftenbeld was the lucky player to benefit from the jaw-dropping error.
5 Preston goalkeeper Declan Rudd suffered an astonishing howler when he let the ball slip through his grasp from this seemingly safe position
The Dutch defender was just trying to lump it forward from a good 40 yards out when he saw the ball bounce forward.
He could be forgiven for turning away in expectation Rudd would pick the ball up.
And for all the money in the world it looked like he would, until he inexplicably let it bounce through his hands and his legs and into the back of the net.
Cameras at St Andrew's caught Kieftenbeld doubling over in hysterics at his amazing slice of good fortune, which gave his side the lead in the 46th minute.
5 Maikel Kieftenbeld's lump forward never should have resulted in a goal
5 It looks Rudd will collect the ball with ease
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But where there was ecstasy for him, it was nothing but agony for Preston fans, who slated Rudd online.
One wrote: "Declan Rudd should never play for the club again. I know that sounds really harsh but it's constant f*** up after f*** up."
Another said: "The end of Declan Rudd at PNE, thank you and goodbye."
A fellow user posted: "Declan Rudd needs fining a month's wages for that."
5 But under no pressure whatsoever the goalie sees it go through his hands and legs and into the net
PA:Empics Sport5 A dejected Rudd reacts after his howler gives Birmingham the lead
One comment read: "Thank you for ruining my Christmas Declan Rudd and you deserve every bit of abuse you receive.
"Thousands of pounds per week. Anyone who offers sympathy is clueless. None from me."
Another said: "I never want to see Declan Rudd in a North End shirt ever again. May sound harsh but wait until you see the goal. Pathetic."
A fellow user wrote: "Goalkeeping howler to end them all. Unbelievable from Rudd."
Garry Monk's side won 3-0 thanks to further goals from Jacques Maghoma and Che Adams.
Rudd's latest error comes just two months after he was again slated by fans for not keeping out Sammy Ameobi's shot in the 2-2 draw with Bolton – which ended in a mass brawl.