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Everton played their final two pre-season friendlies in August but both both run-outs ended in 1-0 losses.

Over in Germany, Werder Bremen won it thanks to German international Sandro Wagner, whilst Villarreal settled the game at Goodison with a thunderous free-kick strike from Guiseppe Rossi.

More significant than the score line was the injury to Seamus Coleman, the Irishman damaging ankle ligaments after a vile lunge from Villarreal player Carlos Marchena.

Rioting mean Everton's first Premier League fixture of the season away to Spurs had to be postponed and the Toffees drew a hastily arranged friendly with Bohemians 1-1.

When the Premier League season did get underway it was a frustrating start.

Royston Drenthe & Denis Stracqualursi pose with the Club's new third kitDrenthe and Stracqualursi arrived at the end of August

A first half goal from Tommy Smith made it a joyous return to the Premier League for QPR as they snuck a 1-0 win at Goodison in a match which saw a 17-year-old Ross Barkley make his Everton debut.

Spirits were soon raised when Everton came behind against Sheffield United to win 3-1 in the Carling Cup. An own goal from the away team's opening scorer Richard Cresswell followed by goals from Mikel Arteta and Victor Anichebe reflected a convincing performance.

There was high drama at Ewood Park in the Blues' next game, as Tim Howard saved one penalty, Blackburn missed another before Arteta stroked home Everton's own spot kick in added time to secure his side's first three points of the campaign.

That was the last action of the month on the pitch but far from the end of August's story.

It looked like being a quiet deadline day but events quickly unfolded with Jermaine Beckford and Yakubu heading out of the door before the on-off exit of Arteta to Arsenal was also completed.

Coming in were Dutch flyer Royston Drenthe from Real Madrid and Argentine powerhouse Denis Stracqualursi.

And with the transfer window closed Everton could focus on three consecutive home games in September.

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