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Everton   1 - 1   Birmingham

John Heitinga scores for Everton
Heitinga made the most of a failed clearance from a corner to score a fine goal

By Saj Chowdhury

Birmingham moved out of the Premier League relegation zone after earning a draw against Everton at Goodison Park.

The visitors took the lead after 17 minutes when Jean Beausejour outjumped Tony Hibbert to head past Tim Howard from six yards out.

Johnny Heitinga equalised in stunning style when he curled into the top corner, the shot beating Lee Bowyer who was standing on the line.

The point means Everton move above Newcastle into ninth spot.

And their steady ascent up the table comes as the Toffees stretched their unbeaten run in the Premier League to five matches.

It was a peculiar game which never settled into a pattern but at least produced a brilliant strike and one amusing turn by referee Peter Walton.

Both teams were dealt a blow in the opening 10 minutes, however, when Everton's Mikel Arteta and Birmingham's David Bentley were forced off with leg muscle injuries.

It was hard luck for Everton, in particular, because Arteta now joins fellow midfielders Marouane Fellaini, Tim Cahill and Phil Neville on the sidelines.

The home side had controlled the first few minutes, bar a good save from Howard to deny Cameron Jerome, and the arrival of replacement Seamus Coleman did not affect their dominance.

They tested City keeper Ben Foster with a Leon Osman header and a low shot from Jermaine Beckford, but before they could find the breakthrough, the visitors took the lead.

It was Jordon Mutch, handed a start in place of Keith Fahey by manager Alex McLeish, who found Beausejour on the edge of the six-yard area, and the Chile forward leapt above Hibbert to head in.

Everton kept their cool and continued to press, with Beckford going close again when he narrowly failed to get on the end of a floated delivery from Coleman.

But the home fans did not have to wait long for the equaliser.

Osman swung in a corner to the right side of the area, which Jerome cleared to the edge of the box and Heitinga curled the loose ball into the top corner to lift a previously subdued Goodison Park.

Cheers turned to laughs a few minutes before the break when referee Walton pulled up Mutch for a foul on Louis Saha.

The Northamptonshire official searched his pockets for a yellow card but failed to find one and instead mimed the action.

Birmingham had been on the back foot for much of the first half and that situation did not change after the interval.

In fact, they failed to trouble Howard at all during that second period, although the home side struggled to threaten Foster's goal.

Balls were crossed in from all angles, but the closest Everton came to finding a winner was when Mutch flung his body at the ball to deny Saha and when Beckford's twists and turns in the area resulted in a close-range snap-shot saved by the Birmingham keeper.

The final whistle was met by muted applause, which was a deserved response for a match that failed to spark into life.

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Wednesday, 9 March 2011

Barclays Premier League

Home Team Score Away Team Time
Everton 1-1 Birmingham FT
(HT 1-1)
  • Heitinga 35
  • Beausejour 17

Everton

Substitutes

Birmingham

Substitutes

Ref: WaltonAtt: 33,974
EVERTON
BIRMINGHAM

Possession

  • Everton 59%
  • Birmingham 41%

Attempts on target

  • Everton 11
  • Birmingham 3

Attempts off target

  • Everton 6
  • Birmingham 2

Corners

  • Everton 9
  • Birmingham 1

Fouls

  • Everton 8
  • Birmingham 12
  • Final Result
  • Full Time
  • 90:00+3:24 The final whistle is blown by the referee.
  • 90:00+1:53 Unfair challenge on Diniyar Bilyaletdinov by Stephen Carr results in a free kick. Leighton Baines takes the direct free kick.
  • 88:43 Liam Ridgewell handles the ball and concedes a free kick. Leighton Baines has a direct shot on goal from the free kick.
  • 86:44 Unfair challenge on Roger Johnson by Victor Anichebe results in a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Ben Foster.
  • 85:58 Substitution Diniyar Bilyaletdinov on for Johnny Heitinga.
  • 85:21 Outswinging corner taken left-footed by Leighton Baines played to the near post, Roger Johnson makes a clearance.
  • 83:53 The referee blows for offside. Tim Howard restarts play with the free kick.
  • 82:57 The assistant referee flags for offside against Nikola Zigic. Indirect free kick taken by Tim Howard.
  • 81:48 Victor Anichebe takes a shot. Ben Foster makes a save.
  • 80:59 Free kick awarded for a foul by David Murphy on Seamus Coleman. Tony Hibbert takes the direct free kick.
  • 80:59 Booking The referee shows David Murphy a yellow card.
  • 80:19 Louis Saha has a headed effort at goal from just inside the box that misses to the right of the goal.
  • 79:43 Leighton Baines takes the inswinging corner, clearance by Nikola Zigic.
  • 78:39 Corner taken by Leighton Baines from the right by-line played to the near post, save by Ben Foster.
  • 78:27 Leon Osman takes a shot. Save by Ben Foster.
  • 77:08 Substitution Victor Anichebe on for Jermaine Beckford.
  • 72:18 Substitution Cameron Jerome goes off and Nikola Zigic comes on.
  • 71:26 Inswinging corner taken by Leighton Baines.
  • 70:43 Corner taken left-footed by Leighton Baines from the right by-line to the near post, clearance by Roger Johnson.
  • 68:38 Jermaine Beckford takes a shot. Ben Foster makes a save.
  • 67:19 Effort from a long way out by Jordon Mutch goes wide right of the goal.
  • 64:44 Free kick awarded for a foul by Lee Bowyer on Leon Osman. Jack Rodwell takes the free kick.
  • 63:35 Louis Saha takes a shot. Jordon Mutch gets a block in.
  • 62:45 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Louis Saha by Jean Beausejour. Phil Jagielka takes the free kick.
  • 61:39 Louis Saha produces a right-footed shot from a long way out which goes wide right of the goal.
  • 60:05 Johnny Heitinga takes a shot. Blocked by Jordon Mutch.
  • 55:23 Seamus Coleman has an effort at goal from just inside the box that misses to the left of the target.
  • 54:02 Louis Saha has a headed effort from close range and clears the crossbar.
  • 53:34 Booking Johnny Heitinga booked for unsporting behaviour.
  • 53:12 Short corner taken by Leon Osman.
  • 47:56 Foul by Liam Ridgewell on Seamus Coleman, free kick awarded. Direct free kick taken by Tim Howard.
  • 47:56 Booking Liam Ridgewell receives a yellow card.
  • 46:34 Martin Jiranek gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Louis Saha. Direct free kick taken by Sylvain Distin.
  • 46:04 The referee penalises Lee Bowyer for handball. Direct free kick taken by Sylvain Distin.
  • 45:01 The referee blows his whistle to start the second half.
  • Half Time
  • 45:00+4:07 The match has reached half-time.
  • 45:00+3:43 Lee Bowyer takes a shot. Save by Tim Howard.
  • 45:00+2:51 Unfair challenge on Roger Johnson by Louis Saha results in a free kick. Ben Foster takes the free kick.
  • 45:00+2:03 Free kick awarded for a foul by Jordon Mutch on Louis Saha. The free kick is delivered left-footed by Leighton Baines from left wing, clearance by Stephen Carr.
  • 45:00+1:22 Corner taken by Leighton Baines.
  • 44:47 Cameron Jerome has an effort at goal from just outside the box which goes wide of the left-hand post.
  • 43:19 The referee blows for offside against Cameron Jerome. Tim Howard takes the indirect free kick.
  • 40:19 Johnny Heitinga gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Jean Beausejour. Free kick taken by Ben Foster.
  • 39:25 Booking Jordon Mutch goes into the book.
  • 39:23 Free kick awarded for a foul by Jordon Mutch on Louis Saha. Sylvain Distin takes the direct free kick.
  • 38:48 Seamus Coleman takes a shot. Save made by Ben Foster.
  • 37:45 Jack Rodwell takes a shot. Ben Foster makes a save.
  • 35:39 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on David Murphy by Tony Hibbert. The free kick is delivered right-footed by Sebastian Larsson from left wing.
  • 34:46 GOAL - Johnny HeitingaEverton 1 - 1 Birmingham Johnny Heitinga finds the back of the net with a goal from outside the penalty area to the top right corner of the goal. Everton 1-1 Birmingham.
  • 34:33 Leon Osman takes a inswinging corner.
  • 32:54 Lee Bowyer concedes a free kick for a foul on Leon Osman. Jack Rodwell takes the free kick.
  • 29:08 Unfair challenge on Sylvain Distin by Cameron Jerome results in a free kick. Tim Howard takes the free kick.
  • 25:30 Strike from close range by Jermaine Beckford clears the bar.
  • 23:58 The referee penalises Seamus Coleman for handball. Direct free kick taken by Ben Foster.
  • 16:48 Assist on the goal came from Jordon Mutch.
  • 16:48 GOAL - Jean BeausejourEverton 0 - 1 Birmingham Jean Beausejour finds the net with a headed goal from deep inside the penalty area. Everton 0-1 Birmingham.
  • 15:53 Leon Osman takes a shot. Ben Foster makes a save.
  • 13:48 Inswinging corner taken by Leon Osman from the left by-line.
  • 11:07 Jermaine Beckford takes a shot. Save by Ben Foster.
  • 10:22 Foul by Louis Saha on Roger Johnson, free kick awarded. Ben Foster takes the free kick.
  • 9:48 Leon Osman takes a shot. Save by Ben Foster.
  • 8:11 Substitution Seamus Coleman is brought on as a substitute for Mikel Arteta.
  • 7:57 Substitution David Bentley goes off and David Murphy comes on.
  • 4:28 Jordon Mutch concedes a free kick for a foul on Mikel Arteta. Sylvain Distin restarts play with the free kick.
  • 4:09 Outswinging corner taken by Sebastian Larsson from the right by-line, Jack Rodwell manages to make a clearance.
  • 3:15 Sylvain Distin challenges Cameron Jerome unfairly and gives away a free kick. Centre by Sebastian Larsson, Cameron Jerome takes a shot. Tim Howard makes a save.
  • 1:27 Unfair challenge on Jermaine Beckford by Roger Johnson results in a free kick. Free kick taken by Phil Jagielka.
  • 0:49 Foul by Johnny Heitinga on Liam Ridgewell, free kick awarded. Lee Bowyer takes the free kick.
  • 0:31 Unfair challenge on Roger Johnson by Louis Saha results in a free kick. Free kick taken by Stephen Carr.
  • 0:00 The referee gets the game started.

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9 Mar 2011 23:59 UK


Barclays Premier League table snapshot

As it stood on 9 Mar 2011 23:59 UK

Position Team P GD PTS
1 Man Utd 29 33 60
2 Arsenal 28 30 57
3 Man City 29 20 53
4 Chelsea 28 27 51
5 Tottenham 28 7 48
6 Liverpool 29 3 42
7 Bolton 29 2 40
8 Sunderland 29 -2 38
9 Everton 29 0 37
10 Newcastle 29 3 36
11 Fulham 29 1 35
12 Stoke 29 -6 34
13 Aston Villa 29 -13 33
14 Blackburn 29 -12 32
15 Blackpool 29 -15 32
16 West Brom 29 -15 32
17 Birmingham 28 -12 31
18 West Ham 29 -13 31
19 Wolves 29 -15 29
20 Wigan 29 -23 27

see also
Arteta injury worries boss Moyes
09 Mar 11 |  Everton
Wednesday football as it happened
09 Mar 11 |  Football
Wednesday's football photos
09 Mar 11 |  Football



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