As an unexpected cold snap began to sweep across the country, there was little to warm the hearts of Evertonians in November, the Manager of the Month curse seemingly taking a hold on David Moyes and his players.
Following on from their superb October, the Blues picked up just three points from their five games to head into winter having made a disappointing return to the bottom half of the Barclays Premier League table. It wasn’t all doom and gloom though, as Everton once again showed that, within their squad, character and fighting spirit exists in abundance. In fact, the opening game of the month saw Moyes’ men twice come from behind to draw at the home of the campaign’s surprise package, Blackpool.
Everton returned to Bloomfield Road for a league game for the first time since September 1970, but it was Seamus Coleman, a player who spent three months on loan with the Seasiders earlier in 2010, who stole the show. He capped a Man of the Match performance by netting the Blues’ second equaliser in a 2-2 draw after Tim Cahill had earlier found his way on to the scoresheet with yet another header.
Bolton were up next at Goodison Park and after Ivan Klasnic had given the visitors the lead 12 minutes from time, a surprise defeat looked likely.
Last-ditch drama is Everton’s forte though, and this time it was Jermaine Beckford who stepped forward to curl home a stunning first Premier League goal to secure a point with virtually the last kick of the game.
On his return from a five-week injury absence, Marouane Fellaini saw red in the game after kicking out at Paul Robinson, meaning a three game ban ensued.
A late goal from Tim Cahill was not enough to prevent defeat against Arsene Wenger’s Arsenal four days later and it was an eight-day wait to try to put things right at Sunderland.
Cahill was on the scoresheet once again five minutes in as Moyes’ troops got off to the perfect start. But a brace from Danny Welbeck meant the Blues again had to muster that courage from within and it took a deflected effort from Mikel Arteta eight minutes from time to brighten a long trip home from the north east.
A shock 4-1 defeat to West Bromwich Albion in the month’s final game was soured further as Arteta’s stamp on Gonzalo Jara brought a red card and a three-match ban.