• Date: Sat 13 March 2010
  • Venue: St Andrews Stadium
  • Ref: Probert, L
  • Attendance: 24,579
Birmingham City

Birmingham City

Jerome (26)

Gardner (51)

2 - 2


Anichebe (19)

Yakubu (22)

Birmingham City vs Everton

Team Lineups

Birmingham City

Joe Hart
Stephen Carr
Liam Ridgewell
Roger Johnson
Scott Dann
Craig Gardner (Sebastian Larsson, 60)
Lee Bowyer
Barry Ferguson
Keith Fahey
Cameron Jerome
Christian Benitez (James McFadden, 72)


Tim Howard
Leighton Baines
Johnny Heitinga
Phil Jagielka
Sylvain Distin
Mikel Arteta
Tim Cahill (Jack Rodwell, 75)
Phil Neville
Steven Pienaar
Ayegbeni Yakubu (Landon Donovan, 67)
Victor Anichebe (Dan Gosling, 79)

Match Report
Birmingham City boosted their hopes of making a late surge for European football next season with a battling 2-2 draw against one of their main rivals, Everton. In the battle for a place in the top eight, Birmingham displayed their credentials with a fighting comeback to extend their unbeaten home record to 11 games. Victor Anichebe and Yakubu scored twice in the space of four minutes only for Birmingham to demonstrate their resilience with goals from Cameron Jerome and Craig Gardner. It was the second draw between these two teams this season, while Everton increased their unbeaten record at St Andrew's to four games. Everton put themselves into a strong winning position but allowed a revitalised Birmingham back into the game with another confident home display. Following a quiet start, the game came to life after the opening 15 minutes with Everton suddenly stepping up the pace. Steven Pienaar began the onslaught with a curling goalbound shot which forced Joe Hart to dive low to his left to keep his goal intact. But in the 19th minute Anichebe put Everton in the driving seat. The well-built Everton frontman took a pass from skipper Phil Neville, turned and rifled a left-foot shot past Hart for his first league goal of the season. Four minutes later Everton steamed further ahead. This time it was a right-wing cross from Pienaar which Yakubu headed home at the far post when Roger Johnson was unable to make any contact. The fast, open game promised further goals and the fans were not disappointed as Birmingham put themselves back into contention in the 26th minute. A delicate flick by Jerome from a seemingly harmless cross by Liam Ridgewell deceived everyone including Everton's goalkeeper, Tim Howard. Following this goal surge there was some untidy play from both teams. Everton were fortunate that Sylvain Distin was in top form as he made several timely clearances to cut out some Birmingham moves. There were a couple of handling incidents early in the second half when the ball hit Roger Johnson and Gardner. Referee Lee Probert, however, declined appeals for a penalty on each occasion. Birmingham certainly prospered from the two decisions as, in the 51st minute, Gardner popped up for his first goal since his move from near-neighbours, Aston Villa. It was a long clearance from Hart which was headed on by Jerome for Gardner to score with a shot which was always bouncing out of the reach of Howard. Surprisingly Birmingham began to dominate the midfield where Mikel Arteta, who has been in good form since his return from a lengthy lay-off, was not so conspicuous as normal. Everton sent on Landon Donovan for his last appearance before returning to America and this signalled a surge of attacking pressure from the Toffees. But Birmingham's dominant central defenders, Johnson and Scott Dann, were in top form to deny Everton and earn a valuable home point.
Live Text Commentary
Full time

The whistle goes for full-time as Birmingham celebrate coming back from two goals down to earn a draw.


Johnny Heitinga heads over the bar in surely the last chance of the game.


Everton win a corner as Scott Dann throws himself at the ball to deny Johnny Heitinga.


There are three minutes of added time.


The visitors are controlling possession but aren't able to really test Joe Hart.


Everton are being more adventurous in the closing minutes but lose the ball and Keith Fahey breaks but Johnny Heitinga is there to clear the danger.


The game is very open now and either side could win it.


Cameron Jerome knocks the ball across the six-yard box but it's cleared for a throw-in.


James McFadden sends the ball over the bar after catching Phil Jagielka in possession.


Landon Donovan is caught offside.


Victor Anichebe can't continue and is replaced by Dan Gosling.


Victor Anichebe has gone down injured with no-one anywhere near him.


The game has settled into a bit of a lull with neither side wanting to make a mistake.


Jack Rodwell replaces Tim Cahill.


Tim Cahill hits a shot from the edge of the area but it's straight at Joe Hart.


James McFadden comes on for Christian Benitez.


Mikel Arteta whips in a good cross and it's cleared by Scott Dann for a corner.


The free-kick is wasted by Everton and doesn't beat the first man.


Stephen Carr concedes a free-kick in a great position for a foul on Steven Pienaar.


Everton have slowed the pace of the game down and are knocking the ball around.


Yakubu makes way for Landon Donovan.


Everton break from the corner but Birmingham are quickly back to defend.


Sebastian Larsson takes another corner which is cleared at the far post by Leighton Baines for yet another corner.

Yellow Card

Yakubu is booked for not retreating 10 yards for a free-kick.


This is end-to-end now with both teams giving the ball away.


Craig Gardner is replaced by Sebastian Larsson.


Liam Ridgewell threads the ball through the area towards Keith Fahey who can't get his strike away.


Phil Jagielka clears the corner for a throw-in.


Birmingham win another corner and the noise levels increase.


Everton look shellshocked after giving away a two-goal lead.


Victor Anichebe is flagged offside.


Craig Gardner scores from the edge of the area on his home debut to send the crowd wild.


Phil Jagielka drills a low shot but it's straight at Joe Hart.


There's another shout for handball against Craig Gardner but again no penalty is given.


Craig Gardner whips in a cross but Tim Howard watches it all the way.


Steven Pienaar hits a shot goalwards and it hits the arm of a Birmingham player but the referee waves away the penalty appeals.

Second half

The second half gets underway with no changes for either side.

Half time

The whistle goes on an entertaining first half.


Leighton Baines sends the ball over the wall and Joe Hart makes a great save down to his left.


Liam Ridgewell concedes a dangerous free-kick just before half-time.


There are two minutes of added time.


Sylvain Distin does really well to stretch out a leg to deny Lee Bowyer on the edge of the area.


Stephen Carr finds Cameron Jerome in the area but his header goes wide.


Birmingham step up the pressure as Victor Anichebe takes to the field again.


Victor Anichebe has fallen awkwardly and looks to have damaged his ankle.


Cameron Jerome flicks the ball into the area looking for Christian Benitez but Tim Howard is quickly off his line.


Liam Ridgewell balloons the ball over the bar in another good opportunity for Birmingham.


Lee Bowyer tries to play a ball over the top but none of his team-mates were making a run.


Neither side seems to be able to hold onto the ball for any length of time.


Roger Johnson heads goalwards but Everton clear the ball almost from under their own crossbar as Blues look for the equaliser.


Mikel Arteta has a strike from distance which is deflected wide by a team-mate for a goal-kick and the visitors look dangerous every time they attack.


Christian Benitez goes for goal from 20 yards but Tim Howard makes the save.


The free-kick causes mayhem in the Birmingham penalty area but they eventually clear the ball.

Yellow Card

Lee Bowyer is booked for handball.


Blues are back in the game, Keith Fahey sends over an inviting cross which is touched into the net by Cameron Jerome.


Birmingham are all over the place as Barry Ferguson hits a square pass across his own penalty area which goes straight to Tim Cahill, but Everton can't make the most of it.


Great work from Everton on the right as Steven Pienaar's cross finds Yakubu who heads the ball past Joe Hart.


Victor Anichebe tries to find Ayegbeni Yakubu in the area but it deflects off Liam Ridgewell for a throw-in.


Birmingham come forward and the crowd urge their side on but they're finding it hard to break Everton down.


Victor Anichebe hits an unstoppable drive into the top corner to silence St Andrew's.


Tim Cahill pops up in the area and heads the ball down but again Joe Hart makes the save.


The ball cannons around the area and Birmingham can't clear their lines.


Steven Pienaar curls a shot goalwards and forces a great save from Joe Hart who concedes a corner.


Both sides are being quite cagey in the opening stages of this game.


Birmingham are temporarily down to 10 men as Stephen Carr receives some treatment for a head wound.


Keith Fahey's corner evades everyone and Everton have a goal-kick.


Craig Gardner wins a corner off Steven Pienaar.


Leighton Baines clips the ball into the area and it's half-cleared but Mikel Arteta gets a shot away which goes over the bar.


Steven Pienaar falls somewhat theatrically under a challenge from Lee Bowyer but wins a free-kick in a dangerous area.


Everton have made a good start and are knocking the ball around.


Craig Gardner flicks the ball into the area looking for Stephen Carr but Tim Howard has read the danger and makes the catch.


Leighton Baines takes the corner and Cameron Jerome eventually makes a thumping clearance.


Everton have an early corner.


Everton get the game underway amid a great atmosphere at St Andrew's.

Awaiting Kickoff

David Moyes brings in Tim Cahill in place of the injured Leon Osman in the only change to the side that thrashed Hull last time out.

Awaiting Kickoff

Birmingham make two changes from the win over Portsmouth, with Stephen Carr and Lee Bowyer returning to the starting line-up.