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Everton played their final two pre-season friendlies in August but both run-outs ended in 1-0 losses.

Over in Germany, Werder Bremen won it thanks to German international Sandro Wagner, while Villarreal settled the game at Goodison with a thunderous free-kick strike from Giuseppe Rossi.

More significant than the scoreline was the injury to Seamus Coleman, the Irishman damaging ankle ligaments after a vile lunge from Villarreal player Carlos Marchena.

Rioting in London meant Everton's first Premier League fixture of the season away to Spurs had to be postponed and the Toffees drew a hastily arranged friendly with Bohemians 1-1.

Mikel ArtetaMikel Arteta slots home what would prove to be his last goal in an Everton shirt

When the Premier League season did get underway it was a frustrating start.

A first-half goal from Tommy Smith made it a joyous return to the Premier League for QPR as they snuck a 1-0 win at Goodison in a match which saw a 17-year-old Ross Barkley make his Everton debut.

Spirits were soon raised when Everton came from behind against Sheffield United to win 3-1 in the Carling Cup. An own goal from the away team's opening scorer Richard Cresswell, followed by goals from Mikel Arteta and Victor Anichebe, reflected a convincing performance.

There was high drama at Ewood Park in the Blues' next game, as Tim Howard saved one penalty and Blackburn missed another before Arteta stroked home Everton's own spot kick in added time to secure his side's first three points of the campaign.

That was the last action of the month on the pitch but far from the end of August's story.

It looked like being a quiet deadline day but events quickly took a turn with Jermaine Beckford and Yakubu heading out of the door before the on-off exit of Arteta to Arsenal was also completed.

Denis Stracqualursi and Royston Drenthe pose outside Finch FarmNew boys Royston Drenthe and Denis Stracqualursi

Coming in were Dutch flyer Royston Drenthe and Argentine powerhouse Denis Stracqualursi from Real Madrid and Tigres respectively.

And with the transfer window closed Everton could focus on three consecutive home games in September.

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