Blues Res 1 - Everton Res 1

Last updated : 22 December 2003 By Brian Cartlidge

Blues had the better chances to open the scoring in a goalless first half. On 25 minutes Clinton Morrison dragged a shot from six yards out wide of the post when it looked easier to score and Jovan Kirovski saw a good header from a Carl Motteram cross saved by Richard Wright in the Everton goal five minutes later. Morrison then had a good effort from 18 yards well saved by the former Ipswich keeper.

Blues finally made the breakthrough six minutes after the break when Luciano Figueroa netted with a diving header from 12 yards-out, after good work on the right flank from Morrison - this the Argentine's seventh goal of the season for Keith Bertschin's side.

Blues' lead however, was short lived as Alex Nyarko scored with a superb 30 yard shot for the visitors just two minutes after Figueroa's opener.

With Blues pressing hard for a winner, Figueroa had the best chance to seal victory but good goalkeeping again denied the Blues striker - Wright diving at his feet when he was clean through and about to strike at goal.

Blues: Vaesen, Kenna, Sadler, Carter, Purse, Painter, Hughes (Birley 80), Kirovski, Figueroa, Morrison, Mottram. Subs: Vaughan, Hall, Courtney, Bagnall.

Everton: Wright, B Moogan, Unsworth, Clarke, Gerrard, Nyarko, Alexandersson, Schumacher, Pascucci, Li Tie, A Moogan. Subs: Barry, Turner, Hughes, Wilson. Lynch.