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Having registered successive 1-1 draws, Everton made it a hat-trick on the opening day of December - though the point at Manchester City was in no way one to be sniffed at.

In fact, the Blues once again showed why they had won so many admirers in 2012, taking the game to their hosts and earning the rewards that, inevitably, came courtesy of Marouane Fellaini.

Having notched four in four towards the end of November, the Belgian kneed past Joe Hart to extend that run, only for a Carlos Tevez penalty to deny David Moyes’ men what would have been a fifth win in six visits to the Etihad.

However, the drama down the M62 was nothing compared to that on Everton's return to Goodison Park eight days later.

With 89 minutes on the clock and just seconds of normal time remaining, Tottenham, the visitors, looked set to inflict the Blues' first home defeat since March.

That was before Steven Pienaar met a Seamus Coleman cross with an unlikely diving header to level the scores against his former club.

If that wasn't enough, an attempted overhead kick from Apostolos Vellios fell at the feet of Nikica Jelavic deep into injury time and the Croat stuck out a foot to steer in a magical – unthinkable - winner.

Following a 1-1 draw at Stoke, goals from Victor Anichebe and Steven Pienaar brought a 2-1 win at West Ham three days before Christmas, while Leon Osman and Phil Jagielka struck to secure an identical scoreline against Wigan on Boxing Day and extend the Blues' unbeaten run to seven games.

And despite a 2-1 defeat against Chelsea in the final game of the year, the Toffees still ended 2012 having accumulated a Club record number of Premier League goals (65) and 68 points - a tally bettered only by champions Man City, Chelsea and New Year leaders Manchester United.

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