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The potential for yet more cup glory awaits them at the weekend but there was some satisfaction in the Premier League for Birmingham on Wednesday, with a scrappy point dragging them out of the relegation zone.

The Carling Cup winners entertain Bolton in the FA Cup quarter finals on Saturday with their injury list ever-lengthening.

But after seeing John Heitinga’s first Everton goal cancel out Jean Beausejour’s opener, they held on to end a two-match losing run and move out of the bottom three on goal difference, with a game in hand on the teams around them.

The visitors may struggle to score goals in the Premier League but they did not take long to threaten, with Sebastian Larsson’s free kick being met by Cameron Jerome’s header, which deflected off Louis Saha, forcing a low save from Tim Howard.

But the hosts, already without Tim Cahill and Maroune Fellaini through injury, received a significant blow with just six minutes gone when Arteta was looking to burst clear of Larsson and pulled up clutching his hamstring.

Birmingham were also forced into an early change, with David Bentley being replaced by David Murphy during the same stoppage.

But Everton were soon in control, with Leon Osman being denied by Ben Foster and Jermaine Beckford also having a low drive held by the goalkeeper after bursting away from Jordon Mutch.

Osman also cut in from the left past Lee Bowyer and had a curling effort held by Foster but with 16 minutes gone the visitors took the lead.

From Sylvain Distin’s poor clearance, Mutch lifted a straight ball into the area and Beausejour rose above Tony Hibbert to head in for his third goal in four matches.

The impressive Jack Rodwell seemed comfortable with the burden of his team’s creativity and after one foraging run down the left he clipped in a cross that was lifted over the bar by Beckford.

Beckford, who has largely struggled to adapt since making the step up from League One, also swung and missed at a neat clipped ball from Seamus Coleman.

While Beckford has not been convincing in front of goal at times this season, compared to Heitinga, he is Lionel Messi so it was a major surprise when the Dutchman met Jerome’s loose clearance on the edge of the area to drive a powerful curling shot into the top corner.

There was confusion when referee Peter Walton attempted to caution Mutch but after groping around in his pocket, did not have a yellow card so just lifted his arm as if he had.

Walton did not have long to wait to prove he had found his yellow card at half time, cautioning Liam Ridgewell with a flourish two minutes into the second period.

Ridgewell was lucky not to receive further punishment when he wrapped his arms around Saha to prevent the Frenchman getting a decent contact to Osman’s corner.

Saha also had an effort blocked by Mutch after bursting in behind the Birmingham defence.

Foster had a busy evening and was again forced to tip Osman’s bending shot over the bar with Saha failing to get his head on the Baines corner that followed.

The former Manchester United goalkeeper also got his hands to Victor Anichebe’s deflected effort as Everton failed to respond to manager David Moyes’s challenge to mount a serious push for the top six.

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