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Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Diniyar Bilyaletdinov by Stephen Carr. Leighton Baines restarts play with the free kick.
Liam Ridgewell is adjudged to have handled the ball. Strike on goal comes in from Leighton Baines from the free kick.
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Roger Johnson by Victor Anichebe. Ben Foster takes the free kick.
Diniyar Bilyaletdinov on for Johnny Heitinga.
Corner taken by Leighton Baines from the left by-line played to the near post, clearance by Roger Johnson.
Nikola Zigic is caught offside. Tim Howard takes the free kick.
The referee blows for offside. Tim Howard takes the indirect free kick.
Victor Anichebe takes a shot. Save by Ben Foster.
David Murphy is cautioned by the ref for unsporting behaviour. David Murphy challenges Seamus Coleman unfairly and gives away a free kick. Tony Hibbert takes the free kick.
Headed effort from the edge of the area by Louis Saha goes wide of the right-hand upright.
Leighton Baines takes a inswinging corner from the right by-line to the near post, Nikola Zigic makes a clearance.
Corner taken left-footed by Leighton Baines to the near post, save by Ben Foster.
Leon Osman takes a shot. Save made by Ben Foster.
Jermaine Beckford leaves the field to be replaced by Victor Anichebe.
Nikola Zigic comes on in place of Cameron Jerome.
Inswinging corner taken by Leighton Baines.
Corner taken by Leighton Baines from the right by-line played to the near post, Roger Johnson manages to make a clearance.
Jermaine Beckford takes a shot. Ben Foster makes a save.
Jordon Mutch produces a right-footed shot from long distance which goes wide right of the goal.
Unfair challenge on Leon Osman by Lee Bowyer results in a free kick. Jack Rodwell takes the free kick.
Louis Saha takes a shot. Blocked by Jordon Mutch.
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Louis Saha by Jean Beausejour. Direct free kick taken by Phil Jagielka.
Long range shot by Louis Saha goes wide right of the goal.
Johnny Heitinga takes a shot. Blocked by Jordon Mutch.
Effort from the edge of the area by Seamus Coleman goes wide of the left-hand post.
Louis Saha produces a header from inside the six-yard box that clears the bar.
Booking for Johnny Heitinga for unsporting behaviour.
Short corner taken by Leon Osman.
Lee Bowyer takes a shot. Save made by Tim Howard.
Liam Ridgewell is cautioned by the ref for unsporting behaviour. Liam Ridgewell gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Seamus Coleman. Direct free kick taken by Tim Howard.
Roger Johnson fouled by Louis Saha, the ref awards a free kick. Ben Foster restarts play with the free kick.
Foul by Jordon Mutch on Louis Saha, free kick awarded. Leighton Baines delivers the ball from the free kick left-footed from left wing, Stephen Carr manages to make a clearance.
Unfair challenge on Louis Saha by Martin Jiranek results in a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Sylvain Distin.
Inswinging corner taken left-footed by Leighton Baines from the right by-line.
Lee Bowyer is penalised for a handball. Direct free kick taken by Sylvain Distin.
Shot from just outside the penalty area by Cameron Jerome misses to the left of the target.
The assistant referee signals for offside against Cameron Jerome. Tim Howard restarts play with the free kick.
Foul by Johnny Heitinga on Jean Beausejour, free kick awarded. Ben Foster takes the free kick.
Jordon Mutch goes into the referee's book.
Jordon Mutch challenges Louis Saha unfairly and gives away a free kick. Sylvain Distin takes the free kick.
Seamus Coleman takes a shot. Save made by Ben Foster.
Jack Rodwell takes a shot. Ben Foster makes a save.
Tony Hibbert gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on David Murphy. Free kick crossed right-footed by Sebastian Larsson from left wing.
A goal is scored by Johnny Heitinga from outside the area to the top right corner of the goal. Everton 1-1 Birmingham.
Leon Osman takes a inswinging corner.
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Leon Osman by Lee Bowyer. Jack Rodwell restarts play with the free kick.
Foul by Cameron Jerome on Sylvain Distin, free kick awarded. Direct free kick taken by Tim Howard.
Jermaine Beckford takes a shot from inside the six-yard box clearing the crossbar.
Handball by Seamus Coleman. Ben Foster takes the direct free kick.
Jean Beausejour finds the net with a headed goal from inside the penalty box. Everton 0-1 Birmingham.Jordon Mutch provided the assist for the goal.
Leon Osman takes a shot. Save by Ben Foster.
Inswinging corner taken by Leon Osman from the left by-line.
Jermaine Beckford takes a shot. Save made by Ben Foster.
Louis Saha concedes a free kick for a foul on Roger Johnson. Ben Foster takes the free kick.
Seamus Coleman replaces Mikel Arteta.
David Murphy on for David Bentley.
Free kick awarded for a foul by Jordon Mutch on Mikel Arteta. Sylvain Distin takes the free kick.
Corner from the right by-line taken by Sebastian Larsson, Jack Rodwell manages to make a clearance.
Unfair challenge on Cameron Jerome by Sylvain Distin results in a free kick. Sebastian Larsson produces a cross, Cameron Jerome takes a shot. Save by Tim Howard.
Roger Johnson gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Jermaine Beckford. Phil Jagielka takes the free kick.
Johnny Heitinga challenges Liam Ridgewell unfairly and gives away a free kick. Lee Bowyer takes the direct free kick.
Foul by Louis Saha on Roger Johnson, free kick awarded. Stephen Carr restarts play with the free kick.
David Moyes is calling on his Everton players to become a model of consistency in the remaining weeks of the season.
The Scottish boss has been left exasperated by his side's ability to blow hot and cold.
Everton face Birmingham on Wednesday knowing a third successive league victory will take them into eighth place, just behind local rivals Liverpool.
They go into the match at Goodison Park on the back of a win at Newcastle, but that came in the wake of a home FA Cup defeat by second tier Reading.
Moyes said: "I want the players to show how good they are and go on a decent run and get a bit of consistency. Our players are always good at bouncing back and showing it matters to them. I think the resolve has always been there.
It has been in the make-up over the years. But we do not want to be winning one game and losing one."
Moyes wants his team to push for sixth spot and banish any fears of relegation once and for all. And he is comforted by the fact their home league form has been nothing short of superb, with only three defeats in the last 25 games.
"I am going to try and do it. I am not sure if it is realistic or not. But we will try to get as high up as we can," he said.
"We want to stay away from the bottom end. Certainly if we get another win or two then it will make sure we can't get pulled back into that. But we have still got a bit of work to do. We have won three out of our last four Premier League games so we are doing okay."
Skipper Phil Neville will miss the match after he suffered a hamstring injury at the weekend. John Heitinga looks set to return to the team.
Victor Anichebe is doubtful with a knock while Tim Cahill and Marouane Fellaini are again ruled out through injury.
Opponents Birmingham find themselves in the relegation zone after they lost to local rivals and fellow strugglers West Brom at St Andrew`s.
That setback came following their shock Carling Cup victory against Arsenal at Wembley the previous weekend.
Moyes believes the Blues may be suffering from "second season syndrome".
"They had a great year after coming up and sometimes it can happen," said the Everton boss, who expects a side fashioned by fellow Scot Alex McLeish to be hard to beat.
"But they are doing great in the cups. They did well to get a marvellous result against Arsenal. That shows you the level of the Premier League and how tough it is. However we have got to go and try and continue our relatively good league form."
Birmingham boss McLeish admits concern over his players suffering burn-out is one of his biggest fears in the battle to ensure Premier League survival.
Blues have slipped into the bottom three after a woeful performance in Saturday's 3-1 home reversal against Albion.
McLeish was deprived of several key players through injury, including midfield duo Barry Ferguson and Craig Gardner who will again be absent at Goodison Park.
The former Scotland boss has never doubted the commitment and honest endeavour of his players.
But he is worried about the danger of players running out of steam given their pursuit of cup glory on two fronts alongside the fight to retain top flight status.
McLeish, whose side entertain Bolton in the FA Cup quarter-finals on Saturday, said: "You definitely worry about burn-out because of the amount of games they've played. The concentration that was there for the Stoke game and then the Arsenal game at Wembley in the Carling Cup was missing at the weekend.
"Whether that was tiredness or burn-out, then that's the only excuse I would be prepared to make for them. There's not a lot you can do about it."
McLeish acknowledges Blues face a difficult run which includes away games with Chelsea, Liverpool and Tottenham.
But he has seen his side rise to similar challenges earlier in the campaign and will expect the same again.
He said: "There was a period earlier in the season when people looked at the fixtures and tipped us to get no points out of 12. We ended up with six or seven points through beating Chelsea and drawing with Manchester City and Tottenham during that run."
Defender Martin Jiranek is set to return after missing out against West Brom with a thigh injury, while McLeish will run a late fitness check over striker Nikola Zigic (groin).
Liam Ridgewell is expected to play despite needing an injection to ease a groin injury minutes before kick-off against the Baggies.
Draw lifts Blues
Birmingham moved out of the Barclays Premier League relegation zone after holding Everton to a 1-1 draw at Goodison Park.
The visitors opened the scoring in the 17th minute through Jean Beausejour's header, which Tim Howard got a hand to but could not keep out.
John Heitinga levelled 10 minutes before the interval, making the most of a failed clearance from a corner by firing in a fierce side-footed effort that left Ben Foster with no chance.
The home side looked by far the more likely to break the deadlock in the second period but could not find a winner as Alex McLeish's team secured a point which takes them up to 17th in the table, with West Ham dropping into the bottom three.
Everton made the first foray forward in the third minute and Mikel Arteta - named skipper for the night in the absence of hamstring victim Phil Neville - might have shot when he reached the edge of the box but passed the ball to Louis Saha, who lost control.
Birmingham then went close as Cameron Jerome got a header to Sebastian Larsson's free-kick, Howard doing well to push the effort away.
Arteta's involvement came to an abrupt end soon after when he appeared to sustain a hamstring problem of his own while in a chase with Larsson.
Toffees boss David Moyes brought on Seamus Coleman for the Spanish midfielder and Phil Jagielka took over the captaincy, while the visitors were also forced into an early substitution as David Bentley came off for David Murphy.
Everton enjoyed a spell of pressure, with Leon Osman heading a Tony Hibbert cross into the turf for Foster to catch and Jermaine Beckford stinging the Blues goalkeeper's palms.
Osman was next to bring a save out of Foster with a rising drive, but a minute later Birmingham had the lead.
Young midfielder Jordon Mutch swung in a cross and Beausejour beat Hibbert to it with a header that Howard clipped with his glove but could not prevent from crossing the line.
Everton looked to hit back, but Beckford could only send the ball over the bar with his back to goal having met a Jack Rodwell delivery.
The former Leeds striker then failed to connect with Coleman's through-ball, which instead bounced off Stephen Carr towards goal but Foster was on hand to avert the danger.
The hosts continued to press and found their reward in the 35th minute as Heitinga rifled in the equaliser.
Jerome made a hash of clearing Osman's corner and the ball fell to Heitinga, who swept it into the roof of the net from outside the area.
There was no sign of any let-up from Everton as Rodwell drilled a low effort into the arms of Foster, who then caught a diving header from Coleman.
At the other end, Jerome twisted and turned but his shot across goal went wide and Lee Bowyer struck an attempt at Howard just before half-time.
Everton were quick to settle after the restart and might have had a penalty claim when Foster seemed to clatter Coleman as he came out to punch away a cross, although play continued.
Moments later Saha's pleas that he was being held by Liam Ridgewell as he nodded a corner over the bar were to no avail.
Coleman then cut into the area to unleash an effort that was well off target, but once again the home side were in the ascendancy.
A slip by Roger Johnson let in Saha, but the Frenchman chose to turn rather than shoot early and the effort he did get away cannoned off Mutch.
Play switched and Mutch was allowed the space to shoot wide from distance, but it was Beckford who then found himself in another good position, only to hit his shot into Foster's body.
McLeish sent on Nikola Zigic for Jerome to provide fresh attacking impetus and the Serbian teed up Murphy, who horribly sliced his attempt at goal.
Moyes then also made a change up front, replacing Beckford with Victor Anichebe, before Osman tried a spectacular curling effort which was helped over the bar by Foster.
Anichebe managed to shoot on the turn as he we was falling towards the end, but it did little to trouble Foster and the game finished all square.
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