by Matthew Gamble @Everton

Everton 1-1 West Brom - Pitchside Review

April began in style at Goodison Park with one of the most entertaining matches the old ground saw all season.

And while the hosts ultimately had to settle for a point, few could dispute the value for money on offer as the Blues slugged out an engrossing 2-2 draw with Aston Villa.

Leon Osman's hot streak of form continued as tricked his way through the Villa defence to make it 1-0.

The contest was plunged into controversy soon after as a Jermaine Beckford effort was chalked off and, much to the Blues' chagrin, Darren Bent immediately plundered an equaliser before adding a second to put the visitors in front.

Yet in a manner typical of the side's post-Christmas persona, Everton summoned a response and Leighton Baines converted their first Premier League penalty of the campaign to secure a thrilling point.

The following week another Midlands side provided the opposition as the Blues travelled to Molineux. Yet this time there was no doubting their superiority.

Osman celebrates

After a shaky start Beckford's movement baffled the home defence and Osman's peachy cross was dispatched with aplomb.

The Travelling fans were then treated to a collector's item as Phil Neville broke a three-year goal drought by spearing a fine effort into the top corner before turning comedian and mimicking Tim Cahill's goal celebration.

But while the Blues skipper was guaranteed the headlines, Diniyar Bilyaletdinov did his best to upstage him by waltzing through a non-existent Wolves midfield and planting a ferocious shot beyond the startled Wayne Hennessey.

A routine 2-0 win over struggling Blackburn was next on the agenda before the Blues travelled to Old Trafford to face champions-elect Manchester United with high hopes of causing an upset.

Stubborn defending ensured they were always in with a chance but with United knowing a win would as good as put one hand on the trophy, the pressure eventually told and Javier Hernandez poached a decisive goal in the 83rd minute.

Leighton Baines' third penalty of the month earned a point against Wigan before the Blues entered May, a month which summarised their entire season in the space of three games.