April was to be a dramatic month, with late goals and penalties - and sometimes both – being the order of the day.
The Blues scored nine times during their four Premier League fixtures and although they remained unbeaten, only eight points were accrued.
Before the home game with West Ham, members of the 1969/70 championship-winning side were paraded to the home faithful, as David Moyes' side were looking to extend their winning home run to eight games.
But the class of 2010 had to settle for a 2-2 draw, as goals from Diniyar Bilyaletdinov and Yakubu were cancelled out by Manuel da Costa and Ilan's diving header four minutes from the end.
The inadvertent habit of conceding late goals was to continue when the league resumed after a ten day break at Villa Park, as another side in claret and blue were to sneak a late point.
Blues midfielder Tim Cahill found the net twice - both via headers - but the hosts earned a point courtesy of John Carew and Phil Jagielka's injury-time own goal.
Three days later though at Ewood Park, Everton would score a late goal of their own.
Just three minutes into his first game back from a groin injury Mikel Arteta won a penalty, dusted himself down and comfortably sent goalkeeper Paul Robinson the wrong way for the opener.
The lead was to last more than an hour until Steven Nzonzi found the net from distance to equalise on 68 minutes.
With 12 minutes remaining, Moyes decided to go for broke as he took off full-back Tony Hibbert and replaced him with Nigerian forward Yakubu. The manager's tactical was paid dividends almost immediately. Yakubu diverted his Super Eagles team-mate Victor Anichebe’s flick-on past Robinson after being on the pitch for just twenty-two seconds!
But just two minutes later, Sam Allardyce's side were level once again through Jason Roberts. Thankfully though, the man that always seems to be in the right place at the right time, Cahill, was there again to seal the three points and keep the pressure on Liverpool and Villa for a place in Europe.
Fulham came to Goodison on April 25, having three days earlier collected a commendable 0-0 draw at German Bundesliga side Hamburg in the first leg of their Europa League semi-final.
The eventual finalists were given a shot in the arm ten minutes before half-time on Merseyside, after an uncharacteristic mistake by Leighton Baines.
Erik Nevland latched onto the England left-back’s blind back-pass towards his goalkeeper Tim Howard and dinked the ball over the American to give his side the lead completely against the run of play.
But the Cottagers repaid the favour when three minutes after the interval, half-time substitute Anichebe’s header came off Manchester United-bound Chris Smalling and the Blues were level.
And when Cahill was brought down in the box by Chris Baird, Arteta netted his second penalty in as many games to keep the European qualification hopes alive.