Date: 10th March 2011 at 7:28am
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Birmingham edged out of the English Premier League relegation zone after securing a vital point in a 1-1 draw with mid-table Everton at Goodison Park.

Alex McLeish`s side climbed above West Ham on goal difference into 17th spot as they battle to beat the drop.

The Blues had a dream start when Chilean winger Jean Beausejour fired them into the lead on 17 minutes with a powerful header for his second goal in as many games.

However Dutch midfielder John Heitinga struck for Everton just before half-time, lashing in a firm shot that flew past Birmingham keeper Ben Foster after the Blues failed to deal with a corner.

Birmingham barely created anything thereafter although despite enjoying a wealth of possession Everton was unable to make their dominance count.

Everton striker Louis Saha was denied by a diving block from Blues midfielder Jordon Mutch while Jermaine Beckford also tested Foster with a close-range shot that was well saved by the Birmingham keeper.

EVERTON : Howard, Hibbert, Jagielka, Distin, Baines, Heitinga (Bilyaletdinov 86), Osman, Arteta (Coleman 9), Rodwell, Saha, Beckford (Anichebe 78).

Subs not used: Mucha, Mustafi, Duffy, Baxter.

Booked: Heitinga.

BIRMINGHAM CITY : Foster, Carr, Ridgewell, Johnson, Jiranek, Bentley (Murphy 8), Larsson, Bowyer, Mutch, Beausejour, Jerome (Zigic 73).

Subs not used: Doyle, Phillips, Martins, Parnaby, Davies. Booked: Mutch, Ridgewell, Murphy.

Referee : Peter Walton (Northamptonshire).



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