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Birmingham   0 - 2   Everton

Birmingham defender Roger Johnson (right) prods into his own net as he gives Everton the lead
Johnson (right) scores an own goal which gave Everton the lead

By Mandeep Sanghera

Everton secured their first top-flight victory of the season as they ended Birmingham's club record-equalling run of 18 league games unbeaten at home.

The visitors had been denied the lead when Yakubu's shot was cleared off the line by Liam Ridgewell.

But they went ahead when Blues defender Roger Johnson could only prod into his own net from a Leon Osman cross.

Tim Cahill secured the win with a stooping close range header from a Leighton Baines cross in injury-time.

It was a long-awaited victory for the Toffees and a deserved one after they showed the greater ambition and quality at a ground that had become something of a fortress for Birmingham.

Moyes relieved to get first win under belt

The Midlands side had not lost at St Andrew's since a defeat by Bolton on 26 September 2009 but they did not have an answer against an Everton side showing determination and drive.

Everton manager David Moyes had blamed individual errors and poor finishing for his side's problems beforehand, and it was a combination of the two which almost let in Birmingham early on before the Merseysiders were denied the lead at the other end.

Toffees centre-back Sylvain Distin could only loop a clearing header back towards his own goal to let in Cameron Jerome but the Blues striker controlled on his thigh only to half-volley wide from just inside the area.

The visitors had a gilt-edged chance to punish the miss when a slip by Birmingham centre-back Johnson allowed Everton forward Yakubu a strike at goal from 10 yards.

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However, Blues keeper Ben Foster smartly got a hand to the ball to crucially slow down the Nigerian's left-foot shot before a sliding Ridgewell cleared off the goal-line.

Everton, with Mikel Arteta their conductor in central midfield, were showing the neater passing play against a Birmingham side looking solid without carrying much of an attacking threat.

Yakubu was also making his presence felt for Everton and he combined well with Osman, who produced a clever turn but sent a strike high and wide.

The nimble and tricky Osman had replaced the injured Steven Pienaar on the left of the Toffees midfield and it was his cross from which Johnson prodded into his own net to give the visitors a deserved lead as they notched their first away goal in the Premier League this season.

It was the slice of fortune the Merseysiders will feel they have been missing and Birmingham will feel their opponents also got the rub of the green when referee Phil Dowd waved away Stephen Carr's appeals for a penalty after he thought he was caught by Everton left-back Baines.

McLeish hoping Birmingham luck will change

Blues boss Alex McLeish threw on strikers Nikola Zigic and Matt Derbyshire in a bid for his side to get an equaliser.

But Everton's defence was expertly marshalled by centre-back Phil Jagielka and stood firm against a Birmingham side who failed to create any chances of note, with Alexander Hleb a peripheral figure as he struggled to provide any creativity or guile.

Cahill's header made sure of the points for Everton as the home side were booed off at the final whistle.

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Saturday, 2 October 2010

Premier League

Home Team Score Away Team Time
Birmingham 0-2 Everton FT
(HT 0-0)
    • Johnson (og) 54
    • Cahill 90+3

    Birmingham

    Substitutes

    Everton

    Substitutes

    Ref: DowdAtt: 23,138
    BIRMINGHAM
    EVERTON

    Possession

    • Birmingham 46%
    • Everton 54%

    Attempts on target

    • Birmingham 3
    • Everton 6

    Attempts off target

    • Birmingham 3
    • Everton 5

    Corners

    • Birmingham 6
    • Everton 5

    Fouls

    • Birmingham 5
    • Everton 11
    • Final Result
    • Full Time
    • 90:00+3:46 The referee brings the game to a close.
    • 90:00+2:36 Assist by Leighton Baines.
    • 90:00+2:36 GOAL - Tim CahillBirmingham 0 - 2 Everton Tim Cahill scores a headed goal from close in. Birmingham 0-2 Everton.
    • 90:00+1:49 Barry Ferguson challenges Mikel Arteta unfairly and gives away a free kick. Mikel Arteta restarts play with the free kick.
    • 90:00+0:50 Unfair challenge on Alexander Hleb by Mikel Arteta results in a free kick. Sebastian Larsson takes the direct free kick.
    • 87:09 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Liam Ridgewell by Diniyar Bilyaletdinov. Free kick taken by Ben Foster.
    • 85:43 Substitution Diniyar Bilyaletdinov on for Seamus Coleman.
    • 84:11 Nikola Zigic gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Leighton Baines. Direct free kick taken by Tim Howard.
    • 82:46 Sebastian Larsson takes the outswinging corner, clearance made by Marouane Fellaini.
    • 81:45 Free kick awarded for a foul by Tim Cahill on Roger Johnson. Roger Johnson restarts play with the free kick.
    • 81:12 The ball is delivered by Sebastian Larsson.
    • 79:29 Substitution Cameron Jerome goes off and Matt Derbyshire comes on.
    • 78:39 Substitution (Everton) makes a substitution, with Johnny Heitinga coming on for Ayegbeni Yakubu.
    • 76:56 Outswinging corner taken from the right by-line by Sebastian Larsson.
    • 72:56 Shot from deep inside the area by Lee Bowyer clears the bar.
    • 71:34 Nikola Zigic is ruled offside. Indirect free kick taken by Tim Howard.
    • 70:20 Effort on goal by Seamus Coleman from deep inside the penalty area misses to the right of the target.
    • 69:13 Substitution Nikola Zigic is brought on as a substitute for Keith Fahey.
    • 68:45 Unfair challenge on Keith Fahey by Phil Neville results in a free kick. Scott Dann takes the free kick.
    • 67:09 Outswinging corner taken by Mikel Arteta from the right by-line.
    • 65:49 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Lee Bowyer by Leon Osman. Stephen Carr restarts play with the free kick.
    • 64:03 Tim Cahill is flagged offside by the assistant referee. Indirect free kick taken by Ben Foster.
    • 62:18 Keith Fahey takes a shot. Sylvain Distin gets a block in.
    • 61:50 Outswinging corner taken right-footed by Sebastian Larsson from the right by-line, clearance by Sylvain Distin.
    • 61:19 Inswinging corner taken right-footed by Sebastian Larsson played to the near post, clearance by Phil Jagielka.
    • 60:35 Mikel Arteta gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Alexander Hleb. Sebastian Larsson crosses the ball in from the free kick, clearance made by Marouane Fellaini.
    • 57:24 Outswinging corner taken right-footed by Mikel Arteta from the right by-line to the near post, Sebastian Larsson manages to make a clearance.
    • 57:12 Mikel Arteta takes a shot. Sebastian Larsson gets a block in.
    • 53:26 GOAL - Roger JohnsonBirmingham 0 - 1 Everton An unfortunate own goal is conceded by Roger Johnson. Birmingham 0-1 Everton.
    • 53:02 Ayegbeni Yakubu fouled by Roger Johnson, the ref awards a free kick. Free kick taken by Mikel Arteta.
    • 52:26 Keith Fahey takes a shot. Phil Jagielka gets a block in.
    • 52:23 Assist on the goal came from Leon Osman.
    • 52:12 Roger Johnson takes a shot. Blocked by Sylvain Distin.
    • 51:34 Outswinging corner taken by Sebastian Larsson from the right by-line played to the near post.
    • 50:00 Corner taken left-footed by Leighton Baines from the left by-line, Ben Foster makes a save.
    • 49:12 Leon Osman takes a shot. Roger Johnson gets a block in.
    • 48:40 Leon Osman challenges Barry Ferguson unfairly and gives away a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Ben Foster.
    • 47:01 Corner from the left by-line taken by Sebastian Larsson, save made by Tim Howard.
    • 45:01 The referee blows his whistle to start the second half.
    • Half Time
    • 45:00+1:19 The players leave the pitch at half time.
    • 45:00+0:20 Leon Osman has a shot on goal from outside the area which misses right.
    • 42:28 Roger Johnson fouled by Ayegbeni Yakubu, the ref awards a free kick. Free kick taken by Ben Foster.
    • 41:14 Foul by Ayegbeni Yakubu on Stephen Carr, free kick awarded. Ben Foster restarts play with the free kick.
    • 39:46 Stephen Carr produces a cross, Header from deep inside the area by Cameron Jerome goes harmlessly over the crossbar.
    • 36:20 Leon Osman concedes a free kick for a foul on Stephen Carr. Sebastian Larsson restarts play with the free kick.
    • 35:18 Cameron Jerome is caught offside. Free kick taken by Leighton Baines.
    • 34:32 Tim Cahill is flagged offside by the assistant referee. Free kick taken by Ben Foster.
    • 31:45 Effort on goal by Leon Osman from just inside the area clears the crossbar.
    • 28:55 Phil Neville crosses the ball, Roger Johnson manages to make a clearance.
    • 26:50 Leon Osman produces a cross, Mikel Arteta takes a shot. Blocked by Stephen Carr.
    • 26:21 Ayegbeni Yakubu takes a shot. Liam Ridgewell gets a block in.
    • 26:00 Free kick awarded for a foul by Lee Bowyer on Leon Osman. Mikel Arteta restarts play with the free kick.
    • 24:53 Effort on goal by Cameron Jerome from deep inside the penalty area misses to the right of the target.
    • 24:10 Headed effort from inside the area by Tim Cahill misses to the left of the goal.
    • 22:01 Leighton Baines produces a cross, save made by Ben Foster.
    • 21:22 Ayegbeni Yakubu has an effort at goal from just outside the box which goes wide of the left-hand post.
    • 20:10 The ball is crossed by Ayegbeni Yakubu, save by Ben Foster.
    • 16:29 Centre by Leon Osman, Scott Dann manages to make a clearance.
    • 15:15 The ball is sent over by Leighton Baines, save made by Ben Foster.
    • 13:24 Liam Ridgewell challenges Seamus Coleman unfairly and gives away a free kick. Free kick crossed by Mikel Arteta, clearance by Sebastian Larsson.
    • 12:30 Inswinging corner taken right-footed by Mikel Arteta from the left by-line, clearance made by Scott Dann.
    • 12:08 Cameron Jerome is ruled offside. Phil Jagielka restarts play with the free kick.
    • 11:19 The ball is swung over by Seamus Coleman, save by Ben Foster.
    • 11:11 The ball is delivered by Seamus Coleman, clearance made by Roger Johnson.
    • 10:23 Corner taken right-footed by Mikel Arteta.
    • 10:13 Phil Neville crosses the ball.
    • 8:50 Cameron Jerome is ruled offside. Phil Jagielka restarts play with the free kick.
    • 5:46 Ayegbeni Yakubu concedes a free kick for a foul on Barry Ferguson. Free kick crossed by Sebastian Larsson, clearance made by Leighton Baines.
    • 3:50 Leighton Baines produces a cross, Seamus Coleman takes a shot. Save by Ben Foster.
    • 1:38 Centre by Stephen Carr, clearance made by Sylvain Distin.
    • 0:00 The referee starts the match.

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