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November

by Matthew Gamble @efc_mattgamble

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Overall Everton had a positive November, picking up six points from a possible nine and turning in some encouraging performances.

The month began with the long journey up to St James' Park it proved to be a tough test against an unbeaten Magpies outfit. An 11th minute own goal from John Heitinga and a stunning strike from Newcastle's Ryan Taylor set Everton back two goals within the first 30 minutes and an injury to Blues skipper Phil Neville forced him off midway through the first half.

However, deep into the first half Everton pulled a goal back when a well whipped corner from Royston Drenthe was met by a near post header from Jack Rodwell.

Everton probed repeatedly in the second half but couldn't find a way past Tim Krul.

A reaction to the defeat at St James' Park was needed and it came in the shape of a hard fought Goodison Park victory.

Jack Rodwell scores

Wolves were the visitors and they even scored first when Marouane Fellaini clipped David Edwards in the Everton penalty area allowing Steven Hunt the opportunity to put his side ahead from the spot. Everton pushed hard and Phil Jagielka put them back on terms, heading into Wayne Hennessey's net from a Leighton Baines free-kick.

The Blues confirmed the win when they were awarded a penalty from a push on Louis Saha by Wolves defender Steven Ward. Baines coolly slotted into the bottom left hand corner and Everton recorded their second home league win of the season.

The final game in November saw Everton travel to an out of form Bolton side that had only picked up three points at the Reebok so far. Bolton's task was not helped when early in the first half defender David Wheater was shown a straight red card after a late tackle on Diniyar Bilyaletdinov.

Everton's one man advantage gave them the impetus and midway through the second half a low Baines cross was poked home by Fellaini for his first league goal of the season

The game was wrapped up late on when a cross was brilliantly kept in play by Tim Cahill allowing young Greek striker Apostolos Vellios to double Everton's lead.

More good news came Everton's way this month as Fellaini confirmed his desire to remain at Everton by penning a new five-year-deal.

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