• Date: Sat 23 January 2010
  • Venue: Goodison Park
  • Ref: Webb, H
  • Attendance: 30,875


Osman (56)

1 - 2
Birmingham City

Birmingham City

Benitez (7)

Ferguson (40)

Everton vs Birmingham City

Team Lineups


Tim Howard
Leighton Baines
Johnny Heitinga
Sylvain Distin
Phil Neville
Diniyar Bilyaletdinov (Leon Osman, 46)
Landon Donovan (Mikel Arteta, 76)
Tim Cahill
Steven Pienaar
Marouane Fellaini
Louis Saha (James Vaughan, 69)

Birmingham City

Joe Hart
Stephen Carr
Liam Ridgewell
Roger Johnson
Scott Dann
Lee Bowyer
Sebastian Larsson
Barry Ferguson
Keith Fahey
Christian Benitez (Jake Jervis, 79)
James McFadden (Gary McSheffrey, 89)

Match Report
First-half goals from Christian Benitez and Barry Ferguson fired Birmingham City to their first win at Everton since 1967 and into round four of the FA Cup following a 2-1 success. Benitez stunned Goodison Park with a seventh-minute header and Ferguson scored what proved to be the winner five minutes before the break. Blues substitute Leon Osman reduced the arrears ten minutes after the restart, but City held on to continue the fine form that has made them the Premier League's surprise package. Birmingham flew out of the traps and their bright start was rewarded in the seventh minute when they went ahead. Keith Fahey's cross found Ecuadorian Benitez in space in the six-yard box and he clinically planted a header beyond the reach of Tim Howard. Marouane Fellaini finally had Everton's first effort on goal when he fired over the bar in the 20th minute but City were comfortable. Steven Pienaar also flashed a shot wide on the half hour but Birmingham were 2-0 up five minutes before the break. Former Everton favourite James McFadden flicked Sebastian Larsson's cross into the path of Ferguson and he kept his composure to fire home from 12 yards. But the home side were a different team after the break and after Fellaini had headed over they were back in the game on 55 minutes. Pienaar found Osman on the edge of the box and the diminutive midfielder stroked his shot past Joe Hart. Louis Saha blazed another good chance over moments later before his replacement James Vaughan headed over 20 minutes from time. Everton fans were on their feet 15 minutes from time but it wasn't for a goal as influential midfielder Mikel Arteta made his long-awaited return from injury. That gave the home crowd a lift but Everton couldn't find an equaliser with Fellaini wasting two half-chances in the final five minutes - on both occasions he failed to test Hart in the Birmingham goal.
Live Text Commentary
Full time

That's it, it's all over, the referee has blown the final whistle.


James McFadden is being taken off, Gary McSheffrey has come on in his place.

Yellow Card

Leon Osman is booked for unsporting behaviour.

Yellow Card

Tim Cahill is booked for unsporting behaviour.


Christian Benitez is replaced by Jake Jervis.


Landon Donovan is being taken off, Mikel Arteta has come on in his place.


Everton are replacing Louis Saha with James Vaughan.


Goal!! Everton have scored with Leon Osman putting it in the back of the net.

Second half

The second half is under way with the score currently at 0 v 2.


Everton are replacing Diniyar Bilyaletdinov with Leon Osman.

Half time

The ref has blown his whistle for half time.


Goal!! Birmingham have scored with Barry Ferguson putting it in the back of the net.


Goal!! Christian Benitez scores for Birmingham.


The ref has blown his whistle and the match has started.

Awaiting Kickoff

Everton face Birmingham at 3pm on Saturday, January 23rd.