As 2010 entered August, Everton beat Everton in their only pre-season game at Goodison Park. David Moyes’ side beat their Chilean namesakes 2-0 in a ground-breaking friendly clash, as both Jermaine Beckford and Diniyar Bilyaletdinov continued their prolific preparations with second half goals.
A 2-0 defeat to Wolfsburg in Everton’s final warm-up game was not enough to over shadow the wonderful news that Mikel Arteta had committed his future to the Club by penning a new five-year deal. And so the new season dawned with a real sense of optimism as the Blues headed to Ewood Park looking for an opening day win over Blackburn Rovers.
But there was to be no perfect start for David Moyes’ side as an uncharacteristic error from Tim Howard presented Niko Kalinic with a simple opportunity to give the hosts a 13th minute lead. Try as they might Everton couldn’t re-establish parity, with Paul Robinson repelling efforts from TIm Cahill, Steven Pienaar and Phil Jagielka.
The Blues maintained their unbeaten home league record in 2010 but were left ruing two points dropped in a 1-1 draw on home soil against Wolves.
A Cahill goal three minutes before the break gave Everton a lead they looked certain to extend but mid-way through the second half a foul on John Heitinga was not given and subsequently Sylvan Ebanks-Blake levelled for Wolves.
David Moyes rang the changes for the Carling Cup Second Round game against Huddersfield and his side cruised to a 5-1 win over the League One promotion hopefuls. Everton were two up within 15 minutes thanks to goals from Marouane Fellaini and Jack Rodwell before an own goal from John Heitinga halved the deficit at half time.
After the break Beckford’s first Everton goal in a competitive game from the penalty spot made it 3-1 before Leon Osman and Louis Saha completed the rout. Everton could even afford a missed penalty by Heitinga as they booked a place in the Third Round.
Villa Park was the venue for the Blues’ final game of the month, but the visitors’ run at that ground extended to just one win in 25 games as Luke Young’s well taken first half goal proved enough to give managerless Villa all
Everton had the lion’s share of possession and territory with Steven Pienaar’s excellent curling effort coming back off the woodwork and Brad Friedel saving brilliantly, but oh so frustratingly, from Saha in injury time.