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  • Jerome (26), Gardner (51)
  • Anichebe (19), Yakubu (22)
  • Date:2010-03-13
  • Kick-off:15:00
  • Venue:St Andrews Stadium
  • Attendance:24579
  • Referee:Probert, L

Live Commentary

90mins

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

90mins

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

90mins

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

90mins

There are three minutes of added time.

89mins

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

87mins

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.

85mins

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

83mins

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

82mins

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

81mins

Landon Donovan is caught offside.

80mins

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

78mins

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

77mins

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

75mins

Jack Rodwell replaces Tim Cahill.

74mins

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

73mins

James McFadden comes on for Christian Benitez.

72mins

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

71mins

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

70mins

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

69mins

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

67mins

Yakubu makes way for Landon Donovan.

65mins

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

64mins

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

62mins

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

61mins

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

59mins

Craig Gardner is replaced by Sebastian Larsson.

58mins

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

58mins

Phil Jagielka clears the corner for a throw-in.

57mins

Birmingham win another corner and the noise levels increase.

55mins

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

54mins

Victor Anichebe is flagged offside.

52mins

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

50mins

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

49mins

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

48mins

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

47mins

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

46mins

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

45mins

The whistle goes on an entertaining first half.

45mins

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

45mins

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

45mins

There are two minutes of added time.

44mins

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

43mins

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

42mins

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

41mins

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

40mins

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

38mins

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

36mins

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

35mins

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

34mins

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

31mins

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.

30mins

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

29mins

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

28mins

Lee Bowyer is booked for handball.

26mins

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

25mins

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.

23mins

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

22mins

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

21mins

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

19mins

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

18mins

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

17mins

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

17mins

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

15mins

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

13mins

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

11mins

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

10mins

Craig Gardner wins a corner off Steven Pienaar.

9mins

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.

8mins

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

6mins

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

4mins

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

2mins

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

1mins

Everton have an early corner.

1mins

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

0mins

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.

0mins

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

Match Preview

Birmingham City entertain Everton on Saturday afternoon at St Andrew's and will be looking to grab another win that would aid their slim hopes of grabbing a Europa League qualification spot next season.

Alex McLeish's outfit grabbed a 2-1 win at Portsmouth on Tuesday evening with hit-man Cameron Jerome at the double and the three points have put further pressure on city rivals Aston Villa, who sit in sixth place.

A success against the Goodison Park outfit would nudge Birmingham five points ahead of their weekend opponents, with David Moyes' men sitting directly one place below and two points behind at present.

Trio James McFadden (groin), Lee Carsley (ankle) and Teemu Tainio (knee) are closing in on a return to the first team after their respective injury lay-offs.

Everton are also refusing to give up on the possibility of securing European football for next season following a recent resurgence.

Hull City were demolished 5-1 at Goodison Park on Sunday as the Toffees bounced back from a 2-1 defeat at Tottenham the previous weekend.

Back-to-back successes against Chelsea and Manchester United in February did much to boost confidence in the ranks and the Merseyside club are now just four points adrift of Aston Villa in seventh place.

"We want to fight for the European spots," declared fit-again midfielder Mikel Arteta after claiming a brace against Hull. "We have got ten games to go now and we are ready for it."

First the Toffees must right a disappointing recent home record against Birmingham. They have won only one of six Premier League encounters against the Blues on home soil.

Earlier this season their FA Cup hopes were ended by a 2-1 defeat to Birmingham on Merseyside and revenge could well be on the minds of the Everton players on Saturday.


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.

Birmingham City

Everton

Corners

54

Fouls

1512

Goal attempts

Shots off target

44

Offsides

04

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