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Tim Cahill finds the back of the net with a headed goal from inside the six-yard box. Birmingham 0-2 Everton.Leighton Baines provided the assist for the goal.
Foul by Barry Ferguson on Mikel Arteta, free kick awarded. Mikel Arteta restarts play with the free kick.
Mikel Arteta gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Alexander Hleb. Sebastian Larsson restarts play with the free kick.
Unfair challenge on Liam Ridgewell by Diniyar Bilyaletdinov results in a free kick. Ben Foster takes the free kick.
(Everton) makes a substitution, with Diniyar Bilyaletdinov coming on for Seamus Coleman.
Free kick awarded for a foul by Nikola Zigic on Leighton Baines. Tim Howard takes the direct free kick.
Corner taken right-footed by Sebastian Larsson, clearance by Marouane Fellaini.
Foul by Tim Cahill on Roger Johnson, free kick awarded. Roger Johnson restarts play with the free kick.
Centre by Sebastian Larsson.
(Birmingham) makes a substitution, with Matt Derbyshire coming on for Cameron Jerome.
Johnny Heitinga comes on in place of Ayegbeni Yakubu.
Outswinging corner taken from the right by-line by Sebastian Larsson.
Effort on goal by Lee Bowyer from deep inside the area goes harmlessly over the bar.
Nikola Zigic is flagged offside by the assistant referee. Tim Howard takes the free kick.
Effort on goal by Seamus Coleman from deep inside the penalty area misses to the right of the target.
Nikola Zigic on for Keith Fahey.
Phil Neville challenges Keith Fahey unfairly and gives away a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Scott Dann.
Corner taken by Mikel Arteta from the right by-line.
Lee Bowyer fouled by Leon Osman, the ref awards a free kick. Stephen Carr takes the free kick.
Tim Cahill is ruled offside. Ben Foster takes the indirect free kick.
Keith Fahey takes a shot. Blocked by Sylvain Distin.
Corner taken right-footed by Sebastian Larsson, Sylvain Distin manages to make a clearance.
Corner taken by Sebastian Larsson played to the near post, Phil Jagielka makes a clearance.
Free kick awarded for a foul by Mikel Arteta on Alexander Hleb. The free kick is delivered right-footed by Sebastian Larsson from right wing, clearance by Marouane Fellaini.
Corner taken by Mikel Arteta from the right by-line played to the near post, Sebastian Larsson manages to make a clearance.
Mikel Arteta takes a shot. Blocked by Sebastian Larsson.
Roger Johnson puts the ball into his own net. Birmingham 0-1 Everton.
Foul by Roger Johnson on Ayegbeni Yakubu, free kick awarded. Mikel Arteta takes the free kick.
Keith Fahey takes a shot. Phil Jagielka gets a block in.
Assist by Leon Osman.
Roger Johnson takes a shot. Blocked by Sylvain Distin.
Outswinging corner taken right-footed by Sebastian Larsson played to the near post.
Outswinging corner taken from the left by-line by Leighton Baines, save by Ben Foster.
Leon Osman takes a shot. Roger Johnson gets a block in.
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Barry Ferguson by Leon Osman. Ben Foster takes the direct free kick.
Corner from the left by-line taken by Sebastian Larsson, Tim Howard makes a save.
Leon Osman has an effort at goal from outside the box which goes wide right of the target.
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Roger Johnson by Ayegbeni Yakubu. Ben Foster takes the free kick.
Ayegbeni Yakubu challenges Stephen Carr unfairly and gives away a free kick. Ben Foster takes the direct free kick.
Stephen Carr produces a cross, Header from deep inside the area by Cameron Jerome goes harmlessly over the crossbar.
Leon Osman concedes a free kick for a foul on Stephen Carr. Sebastian Larsson takes the free kick.
Cameron Jerome is ruled offside. Free kick taken by Leighton Baines.
The official flags Tim Cahill offside. Ben Foster takes the indirect free kick.
Effort on goal by Leon Osman from just inside the penalty area goes over the target.
Phil Neville produces a cross, clearance by Roger Johnson.
Leon Osman sends in a cross, Mikel Arteta takes a shot. Blocked by Stephen Carr.
Ayegbeni Yakubu takes a shot. Liam Ridgewell gets a block in.
Lee Bowyer challenges Leon Osman unfairly and gives away a free kick. Mikel Arteta takes the free kick.
Effort from inside the area by Cameron Jerome misses to the right of the goal.
Tim Cahill has a headed effort at goal from deep inside the area missing to the left of the target.
A cross is delivered by Leighton Baines, save made by Ben Foster.
Ayegbeni Yakubu produces a right-footed shot from just outside the penalty box that goes wide left of the target.
The ball is crossed by Ayegbeni Yakubu, Ben Foster makes a save.
Leon Osman produces a cross, clearance made by Scott Dann.
Leighton Baines crosses the ball, save made by Ben Foster.
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Seamus Coleman by Liam Ridgewell. The free kick is swung in right-footed by Mikel Arteta, clearance by Sebastian Larsson.
Inswinging corner taken from the left by-line by Mikel Arteta, Scott Dann makes a clearance.
Cameron Jerome is flagged offside by the assistant referee. Phil Jagielka restarts play with the free kick.
A cross is delivered by Seamus Coleman, save made by Ben Foster.
Seamus Coleman delivers the ball, clearance by Roger Johnson.
Corner taken right-footed by Mikel Arteta.
Phil Neville delivers the ball.
The referee blows for offside against Cameron Jerome. Phil Jagielka takes the indirect free kick.
Unfair challenge on Barry Ferguson by Ayegbeni Yakubu results in a free kick. Free kick crossed right-footed by Sebastian Larsson from right channel, Leighton Baines manages to make a clearance.
The ball is delivered by Leighton Baines, Seamus Coleman takes a shot. Save by Ben Foster.
Stephen Carr crosses the ball, clearance made by Sylvain Distin.
The game begins.
The ref blows to signal half-time.
The referee gets the second half underway.
The referee ends the match.
McLeish backs Bowyer to play key role Alex McLeish has revealed Birmingham midfielder Lee Bowyer felt hurt when he was dropped earlier in the season but believes he can still make a major impact at St Andrew's.
Bowyer played a key role in tandem with Barry Ferguson in steering Blues to a top-10 finish in the Barclays Premier League last season.
But he was axed for the opening home league game of the campaign against Blackburn, with McLeish preferring Craig Gardner who justified his call-up with two goals.
Since then Bowyer has had to play mainly out of position on the left flank, with Gardner given the more central role and licence to go forward.
But the 33-year-old could be back in the middle for the home clash with Everton as Gardner starts a three-game ban for his red card against Wigan.
McLeish said: "I don't want a player who is happy when he is dropped and Lee is a proud guy.
"He played a major role last season in the middle with Barry Ferguson. They formed a great partnership.
"It really was a risk taking a player like Lee out of the team last season. He got six goals last season.
"On that day I was proved right with Gardner coming in and scoring two goals.
"It didn't mean that Lee wouldn't have scored two goals - we'll never know that - and it's my right to chop and change the team.
"But I have certainly got no doubts about Lee's ability and what he brings to this side when selected.
"Bow is 33 but he's got great legs, he runs for fun and he's still got a great engine.
"There's no red mist or rush of blood as there was in yesteryear, he's pretty mature now."
Keith Fahey will be in contention for a recall after not starting a league game since the opening day of the campaign at Sunderland.
Meanwhile, Everton boss David Moyes believes his team are involved in a relegation battle.
The Merseysiders are bottom of the Barclays Premier League after failing to win any of their opening six games.
Few expect them to remain in the lower reaches of the table for long but Moyes is not afraid to use stark terminology.
The Scot said: "If you are in the bottom three you are in a relegation battle, whether it is after two games of the season or 32.
"It is still the same. If you are in the bottom three you have got to get out of it.
"It is a position - I don't know if you can call it false - and it is there staring us in the face.
"You take it and try to move away from it."
Aside from a 1-0 loss to Newcastle a fortnight ago, Moyes has been happy with performances.
He feels his side deserve much more than the three points they have collected but concedes two main factors are hindering them - isolated errors and, chiefly, a lack of goals.
The Toffees have scored just four times in the league - three in one game against Manchester United - with none coming from out-and-out strikers.
Of his regular forwards, Louis Saha has been out injured, Ayegbeni Yakubu is finding his way back to form and fitness and summer signing Jermaine Beckford is still adjusting to the top flight.
Moyes said: "Goals always change games. If you score and you win people don't talk about performance.
"What we have not done is score the goals to change the games.
"There have been one or two mistakes which have led to the opposition winning.
"We need to score a few more goals and keep a few more clean sheets.
"Teams can score very good goals against you and there is nothing you can do about that, but certainly the goals against Wolves and Blackburn were self-inflicted."
Moyes is hoping Yakubu, an £11.25million signing three years ago, can grab his opportunities.
The Nigerian was unable to impose himself after serious injury last season and then missed the start of the current campaign due to a lack of match-fitness after the World Cup.
Moyes said: "It is not a goal I need from him - it is probably 12 or 15 goals.
"One goal isn't enough - but he has got to start with one to get more.
"He has played two and a half games, he is getting his chances and he has got to start delivering.
"But I'm looking at all the players."
Toffees end sticky patch
Everton registered their first win of the season thanks to Roger Johnson's own goal and a late header from Tim Cahill as they shattered Birmingham's 13-month unbeaten home record with a 2-0 victory.
David Moyes' side moved off the bottom of the table and it was no more than they deserved after dominating possession for long periods and looking the more threatening.
Johnson could only deflect a low cross from Leon Osman past Blues keeper Ben Foster nine minutes into the second half and, in injury time, Cahill turned in Leighton Baines' centre.
Everton's performance belied their lowly position in the Barclays Premier League, with Mikel Arteta, Leon Osman and Marouane Fellaini controlling the midfield, and had enough opportunities to have been in front before Johnson's error put them on the way to victory.
This setback ended Birmingham's hopes of setting a new club record of 19 successive league games at St. Andrew's without defeat.
City, who have now won only two of their last 17 league games, lacked any cohesion or fluency and once again there was a lack of a cutting edge in the final third of the pitch.
Everton made a promising start and knocked the ball around in confident style despite their current precarious position.
Cahill got on the end of a deep cross from Baines, after he had been found in plenty of space by Fellaini, but his downward header was collected by Ben Foster.
Everton were finding plenty of space on their left flank and a cross from Ayegbeni Yakubu picked out the run of Seamus Coleman, but his header back across goal was cut out by Foster.
Yakubu dragged a low shot across the face of goal as City were pinned back in their own half and Cahill could not hide his frustration when heading wide from a Baines centre.
Birmingham did not threaten until the 26th minute but Cameron Jerome could have put them ahead.
Sylvain Distin could only back-head a chip from Barry Ferguson into the path of Jerome and the former England Under-21 striker took the ball in his stride but poked his shot well wide.
Everton were soon back on the offensive and a slip by Roger Johnson left Yakubu with a clear run at goal.
But Foster managed to get a hand onto his cross-shot and Liam Ridgewell was behind him to complete the clearance.
Everton were playing with great fluency and a run by Yakubu carved out another chance for Osman. But after turning inside the area, he wasted another decent opportunity by curling his shot over Foster's crossbar.
Everton were soon back on the offensive after the interval and Johnson threw himself forward in typical fashion to block a shot from Osman.
The Blues fans tried to rally their team but after 54 minutes Everton went ahead through an own goal by Johnson.
Osman sent a low first-time cross to the near post which looked to be covered by Foster but Johnson got to the ball ahead of him and could only deflect it into his own net.
It was Everton's first away league goal of the campaign and no more than they deserved given their dominance.
City tried to retaliate and appealed in vain for a penalty when Carr was challenged by Baines.
McLeish made his first change after 70 minutes with Nikola Zigic replacing Keith Fahey as City reverted to a 4-4-2 formation.
Bowyer had a good chance after Scott Dann headed back across goal but the veteran midfield went for the spectacular finish when he had more time at his disposal and volleyed over the bar.
Moyes brought on John Heitinga for Yakubu as Everton tried to protect their lead, while Jerome made way for Matt Derbyshire.
Then in injury time Cahill made it 2-0 when he headed in a centre from Baines.
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