Everton v Birmingham City Brief Post Match ThoughtsMar 9th, 2011 | By KevB8ll | Category: Blues News, Kev's Ramblings, Lead Article, Match reports, Matches, Players
This was always going to be a difficult game despite Everton’s somewhat in-different season so far. They have picked up recently, and I have to say I thought we would lose tonight.
Blues had other ideas though, and the early lead was taken by a header from Jean Beausejour from a great cross by new boy Jordan Mutch.
That was about it though, as the rest of the game we were under the cosh. The Scousers, (well actually and me), must have thought that it would only be a matter of time. Sure enough about 10 minutes from the end Everton equalised after poor defending on a corner gave Heitinga an opportunity to fire a terrific shot into the top right hand corner despite Lee Bowyer’s attempts to head it over. (It’s a good job he didn’t make contact – he’d have had his head taken clean off!)
After that it was all Everton despite the odd foray into the Everton half. However we defended very well on the whole, and Foster made some good saves without having to make any great saves.
Mutch and Beasejour did really well, especially Beausejour. He was all over the pitch, and was especially dogged in defence breaking up several Everton attacks. Maybe he is beginning to find his feet.
The only down side was losing Bentley very early with what looked like a groin strain. He must be considered doubtful for the weekend. Bowyer was also limping at times during the game.
So we are out of the bottom 3 again, and at the end of the day – that’s what matters. Definitely a point won rather than two lost.