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Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Phil Jagielka by Jason Roberts. Tim Howard restarts play with the free kick.
Brett Emerton takes a shot. Save by Tim Howard.
Christopher Samba takes a shot. Comfortable save by Tim Howard.
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Tim Howard by Benjani Mwaruwari. Tim Howard takes the free kick.
Jack Rodwell is booked.
Foul by Jack Rodwell on Jason Roberts, free kick awarded. Paul Robinson takes the free kick.
Leighton Baines takes a outswinging corner from the left by-line played to the near post.
Inswinging corner taken from the right by-line by Leighton Baines.
Apostolos Vellios takes a shot. Save by Paul Robinson.
Leon Osman has an effort at goal from just inside the box that misses to the right of the target.
Outswinging corner taken left-footed by Leighton Baines from the right by-line, clearance made by Christopher Samba.
(Everton) makes a substitution, with Apostolos Vellios coming on for Jermaine Beckford.
Michel Salgado challenges Sylvain Distin unfairly and gives away a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Tim Howard.
Free kick awarded for a foul by David Dunn on Phil Jagielka. Tim Howard restarts play with the free kick.
Free kick awarded for a foul by Diniyar Bilyaletdinov on Brett Emerton. Free kick taken by David Dunn.
Benjani Mwaruwari on for Ruben Rochina.
Free kick awarded for a foul by Jermaine Jones on Jack Rodwell. Tim Howard takes the free kick.
Unfair challenge on Leon Osman by Phil Jones results in a free kick. Phil Neville takes the free kick.
Shot by Morten Gamst Pedersen from deep inside the penalty area misses to the right of the goal.
Leon Osman takes a shot. Phil Jones gets a block in.
The assist for the goal came from Seamus Coleman.
Phil Jones concedes a Penalty for a foul on Seamus Coleman. Phil Jones is shown a yellow card for unsporting behaviour. Leighton Baines scores a power penalty. Everton 2-0 Blackburn.
Free kick awarded for a foul by Ruben Rochina on Tony Hibbert. The referee shows Ruben Rochina a yellow card for unsporting behaviour. Direct free kick taken by Phil Jagielka.
Morten Gamst Pedersen on for Gael Givet.
Shot from just outside the box by Seamus Coleman misses to the left of the target.
(Everton) makes a substitution, with Seamus Coleman coming on for Magaye Gueye.
Jason Roberts is ruled offside. Tim Howard takes the free kick.
David Dunn fouled by Magaye Gueye, the ref awards a free kick. Free kick taken by Paul Robinson.
Jason Roberts comes on in place of Roque Santa Cruz.
Leon Osman fouled by Phil Jones, the ref awards a free kick. The free kick is swung in left-footed by Leighton Baines, clearance made by Christopher Samba.
The referee gives a free kick against Martin Olsson for handball. Phil Jagielka restarts play with the free kick.
Shot by Magaye Gueye from deep inside the penalty area misses to the left of the target.
Leon Osman scores a goal from just inside the penalty area to the bottom left corner of the goal. Everton 1-0 Blackburn.Magaye Gueye provided the assist for the goal.
Magaye Gueye takes a inswinging corner.
Diniyar Bilyaletdinov takes a shot. Blocked by Phil Jones.
Leighton Baines has an effort at goal from outside the penalty area which goes wide right of the goal.
Corner taken by Magaye Gueye from the right by-line played to the near post, David Dunn manages to make a clearance.
Effort on goal by Phil Neville from just inside the penalty box goes harmlessly over the target.
Shot by Leon Osman from outside the box goes over the net.
David Dunn has shot on goal from just outside the penalty box which goes wide of the right-hand upright.
Foul by Gael Givet on Phil Jagielka, free kick awarded. Tim Howard takes the direct free kick.
Unfair challenge on Magaye Gueye by Gael Givet results in a free kick. Free kick taken by Magaye Gueye.
The offside flag is raised against Leon Osman. Free kick taken by Paul Robinson.
Leon Osman takes a shot. Save by Paul Robinson.
Jack Rodwell takes a shot. Blocked by Phil Jones.
Jack Rodwell takes a shot. Phil Jones gets a block in.
Diniyar Bilyaletdinov concedes a free kick for a foul on Ruben Rochina. Paul Robinson restarts play with the free kick.
Free kick awarded for a foul by David Dunn on Diniyar Bilyaletdinov. Phil Jagielka takes the direct free kick.
Unfair challenge on Jermaine Beckford by Ruben Rochina results in a free kick. Tim Howard restarts play with the free kick.
Free kick awarded for a foul by Tony Hibbert on Martin Olsson. David Dunn crosses the ball in from the free kick, clearance by Diniyar Bilyaletdinov.
Inswinging corner taken right-footed by Leon Osman from the left by-line, clearance by Christopher Samba.
Inswinging corner taken by Leon Osman from the left by-line played to the near post.
Shot from just outside the box by Phil Neville goes over the crossbar.
Unfair challenge on Magaye Gueye by Ruben Rochina results in a free kick. Leighton Baines takes the direct free kick.
Corner taken by Leighton Baines.
Foul by Phil Jagielka on Ruben Rochina, free kick awarded. Paul Robinson takes the direct free kick.
Phil Neville concedes a free kick for a foul on David Dunn. Direct free kick taken by Paul Robinson.
Leighton Baines challenges Jermaine Jones unfairly and gives away a free kick. Leighton Baines receives a caution. David Dunn restarts play with the free kick.
Free kick awarded for a foul by David Dunn on Leon Osman. The referee shows David Dunn a yellow card. Phil Jagielka restarts play with the free kick.
Diniyar Bilyaletdinov takes a shot. Paul Robinson makes a comfortable save.
Brett Emerton is ruled offside. Tim Howard takes the direct free kick.
Jack Rodwell is brought on as a substitute for Johnny Heitinga.
Inswinging corner taken right-footed by David Dunn from the left by-line, clearance by Johnny Heitinga.
Phil Jagielka takes a shot. Phil Jones gets a block in.
Unfair challenge on Magaye Gueye by Michel Salgado results in a free kick. Free kick crossed right-footed by Leon Osman, clearance by Christopher Samba.
Ruben Rochina is penalised for a handball. Direct free kick taken by Phil Jagielka.
Leon Osman decides to take a short corner.
Jermaine Jones gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Magaye Gueye. Leighton Baines restarts play with the free kick.
Jermaine Beckford has an effort at goal from just inside the box that misses to the right of the target.
Phil Neville gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Ruben Rochina. Paul Robinson takes the free kick.
Moyes plays down Euro chances
Everton manager David Moyes has ruled out his side's chances of securing a European place.
The Toffees have hit form to lift themselves to seventh in the Barclays Premier League after a largely disappointing campaign but Moyes thinks the Europa League is still out of reach.
Moyes is well aware that a fifth-place finish is likely to be needed to qualify this season and his side are nine points behind Tottenham, currently in that position, having played a game more.
The Scot said: "I don't think we can make Europe. The way it has gone I don't think that's there at all.
"We weren't good enough in the early part of that race so we can't have any complaints about it."
Everton were just three points above the relegation zone at the end of February.
Their upturn in fortunes - the Merseysiders are now unbeaten in six games - has come in spite of a spate of injuries, with key players such as Louis Saha, Tim Cahill, Mikel Arteta and Marouane Fellaini being sidelined.
Moyes has been impressed with his side's response to the adversity.
He said: "In the early part of the season we didn't have injuries.
"We had most people fit but we just didn't get the results.
"It is sort of in reverse order because we have lost a lot of key players but we have been able to grind out some results in recent weeks.
"That is hard to weigh up but there is a resilience amongst the players. They know what is expected at this football club.
"They have dug deep when we haven't, on paper, had the strongest-looking squad.
"Ever since I have been here there has always been a bit of being up against it - whether it be because our neighbours have spent more money or are above us in the league or we are trying to catch somebody to get into a European spot.
"Then obviously the financial situation means we always feel we are behind everyone else.
"But I don't think we act that way. When we cross the white line we go out there, try to be committed and do everything we can to win."
Blackburn need not worry too much about their poor away record according to manager Steve Kean.
Rovers have won only three and lost 11 of their 16 matches away from Ewood Park this season, and the 38 goals they have conceded is more than anyone else in the league.
They remain firmly entrenched in the battle for survival, only three points above the relegation zone, while Everton are top of the form table after taking 14 points from their last six games.
Blackburn did, though, manage a goalless draw from their last away game at Arsenal two weeks ago despite Steven Nzonzi's red card, and it is that performance that has given Kean such cause for optimism.
He said: "Away from home we've not been fantastic but we showed in the Arsenal game, when nobody gave us a chance against a team going for the championship, that we can go away from home and we can dig points out.
"We have to have that again when we play Everton. Their form's very good but we can look as recently as our last away game and say that we've done very well.
"If we can take a point at the Emirates then there's no reason we can't take at least a point at Goodison."
The Arsenal result was sandwiched by a late comeback to draw 2-2 against Blackpool and last weekend's 1-1 draw with Birmingham, allowing Rovers to inch away from the drop zone.
Kean said: "Confidence is good. It's only little steps, but over the last three games we're unbeaten. We'd like to take a giant leap and get three points but we're the only team in the bottom half that's gone three games unbeaten.
"We've got a little bit of momentum and we're trying to build on that looking forward to the Everton game."
Blackburn, who have not won since a 2-0 victory over West Brom on January 23, can also look to tomorrow's opponents for inspiration after their sudden upturn in form.
After spending much of the season at the wrong end of the table, the Toffees are now sitting happily in seventh place, and Kean paid tribute to the record of his opposite number, and fellow Glaswegian, David Moyes.
"David's a fantastic manager and what he's done, always stringing results together in the second half of the season, is a good example," added Kean.
Toffees put Blackburn in trouble
Second-half goals from Leon Osman and Leighton Baines plunged Blackburn further into Barclays Premier League relegation trouble as Everton won 2-0.
Steve Kean's lacklustre Rovers side, now without a win in nine games, struggled to contain Everton at Goodison Park and were punished when a deflected Osman shot went in after 54 minutes.
The visitors hardly tested home goalkeeper Tim Howard and Baines put the game beyond them with a 75th-minute penalty after Phil Jones fouled Seamus Coleman.
The game went exactly to the form book with Rovers having failed to win away since December.
The result left them in a perilous position just above the relegation zone while Everton, extending their unbeaten run to seven games, moved within a point of sixth-placed rivals Liverpool.
Rovers put had aside recent controversy to bring back defender Gael Givet for the contest following the damaging blow of losing the influential Ryan Nelsen for the rest of the season.
French defender Givet reportedly missed last week's draw against Birmingham because of a tax dispute.
David Dunn and former Barcelona trainee Ruben Rochina also featured as the dangerous Junior Hoilett failed to overcome a hamstring injury and Morten Gamst Pedersen was dropped to the bench.
Everton were unchanged from the side which thrashed Wolves last week but Coleman and Jack Rodwell both returned off the bench after ankle injuries.
Everton should have claimed a second-minute lead when Jermaine Jones inadvertently put Jermaine Beckford through with a backwards header but the former Leeds forward blasted over.
Chris Samba cleared a dangerous Baines cross and, moments after Osman claimed he had been pushed in the box, the Rovers captain deflected a shot from Phil Jagielka behind.
Everton's positive start was undermined after 15 minutes when John Heitinga was forced off with a hamstring injury but Rodwell took his place.
Referee Kevin Friend had a word with Baines after a reckless challenge on Jermaine Jones midway through the first half but chose not to book the England left-back.
Diniyar Bilyaletdinov controlled the ball well on the edge of the area to create a chance for Phil Neville but the Everton skipper, who scored his first goal in three years last week, shot over.
Everton continued to dominate possession but Rovers goalkeeper Paul Robinson, another Baines cross aside, had little to concern him.
Osman had a chance in first-half injury time but shot his shot lacked power and was comfortably gathered by Robinson.
Both sides showed greater urgency as the second half got under way and Rovers went close as Dunn drove forward and got away from Tony Hibbert to curl a shot wide.
Everton upped the tempo in response and created a series of good chances before claiming a deserved lead.
Magaye Gueye, after a frustrating first half, got into the game more and charged into the box after his own ball for Beckford was half-cleared and blasted narrowly over.
Baines then went even closer with a powerful low effort from 30 yards which almost shaved the post.
Their opener came after Bilyaletdinov skipped over a challenge from Givet and had a shot deflected behind.
Gueye took the corner short to Osman, who effortlessly sidestepped Rochina and fired in a shot which flew in at the far post after a deflection off Samba.
Gueye went close again before leaving the field to a standing ovation and being replaced by Coleman, who immediately worried Rovers with a cutting run down the right.
Rochina perhaps showed his frustration at his role in conceding the goal when he earned a booking for a rash challenge on Hibbert.
Another bad tackle, this time by Phil Jones on Coleman in the box, put the game beyond Blackburn as Friend pointed to the spot.
Baines made no mistake he stepped up to fire his second penalty in three games into the roof of the net.
Rovers' fortune was summed up moments later when Jagielka and Baines collided trying to head clear a bouncing ball and substitute Pedersen somehow shot wide from six yards.
Everton continued to finish strongly and Robinson tipped over a header from Bilyaletdinov at the far post in the closing moments.
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