March yielded mixed fortunes for Everton in what could have been a month to remember.
Instead, looking back at two frustrating draws in the Midlands, Evertonians were left to dwell on what could have been.
With the Club’s European adventure having come to an end a few days earlier, March began with the visit of Hull City to Goodison as the Blues continued to focus their attention on domestic matters.
The opening 40 minutes was panning out to be a close encounter, but the Blues ended the clash with five goals and the influence of Mikel Arteta - the Spaniard returning to somewhere near his best - saw him netting a brace.
American international loanee Landon Donovan waved goodbye to the Goodison faithful at the final whistle after his last outing on the Blues' hallowed turf, after scoring his second of his brief tenure against the Tigers.
And Donovan's final appearance for Everton involved a tough trip to St Andrews to face in-form Birmingham City a few days later. Despite striker Victor Anichebe netting his first goal since returning from 11 months out with a knee injury, the Toffees threw away a two-goal advantage to finish the game 2-2.
David Moyes' men left it late a week later when Bolton visited Goodison Park. As the match looked destined for a stalemate with 19 minutes to go, a trademark free-kick from Arteta gave the Toffees hope and although Wanderers threatened to equalise in the dying moments, it was Steven Pienaar who found the net in the final minute of play and sealed the victory - continuing their mission to close the gap on the sides occupying the top seven.
The rearranged fixture against big-spending Manchester City dealt the Blues with a midweek trip to Eastlands; their confidence growing on the back of three undefeated outings.
Although this didn't reflect on the opening exchanges, Everton eventually went on to secure their second 2-0 win over Roberto Mancini's men in 2010 thanks to goals from Arteta and Tim Cahill, in a match that was also memorable for a touchline spat between Moyes and his Italian couterpart.
With the Club's hopes of clinching a spot in Europe next season growing, March came to a close with a trip to Wolves.
And although remaining undefeated throughout the month, the Blues' goalless draw with Mick McCarthy's side proved a frustrating one. Forced to make do with just one point against the resilient Midlands outfit, Moyes also saw Dan Gosling rupture his cruciate ligaments, ending his 2009/10 campaign.