With fans were already eyeing the 214th Merseyside derby on October 17, a trip to St Andrews to face Birmingham City offered the Toffees a chance to secure their first league win of the season.
Alex McLeish’s side’s impressive home record had proved a tough nut to crack for many Premier League sides, but not for Everton.
Hell-bent on securing three points in the Midlands, the Blues were helped by a own goal courtesy of defender Roger Johnson before Tim Cahill’s last minute header made it safe. Several of David Moyes’ men then departed around the globe for international fixtures and those who remained at Finch Farm focused their attention solely on the visit of struggling Liverpool to Goodison Park.
The international break didn’t deliver good fortune for all Everton’s representatives though, as Phil Jagielka returned from the England camp early with a hamstring problem.
But the defender was deemed fit by the time the derby arrived, and a pumped-up Everton were ready to entertain a sell-out crowd at Goodison full of confidence ahead of the visit of their biggest rivals. Goals either side of the interval from the talismanic duo of Cahill and Mikel Arteta secured a long-awaited league victory over the Reds - a scoreline which insisted Everton’s season was on the up.
But it wasn’t long before Everton were handed their third trip to London in as many weeks - this time to N17 where an in-form Tottenham Hotspur were waiting.
The visitors wasted no time in opening the scoring at White Hart Lane as a peach of a free-kick from Leighton Baines sailed into the back of the net in front of the travelling faithful. Unfortunately for the Blues Spurs summer signing Rafael van der Vaart equalised three minutes later, which meant Everton travelled back to Merseyside with a point to help extend their unbeaten run to four outings.
Stoke City were next up for the Blues as Everton entertained the Potters on the final weekend of the month. With the Staffordshire outfit as resolute as ever and the encounter physical in every way, Everton’s persistence was rewarded through Yakubu who hammered high into the roof of the net midway through the second half to net his first of the term. Scenes of delight ensued for the Nigerian, and indeed the entire Everton family, as the final whistle saw the Blues head out of October undefeated.