February is a much quieter month than the one that preceded it!
The month begins with the news that David Moyes narrowly missed out on Spurs' Simon Davies on transfer deadline day, but there is another outgoing when reserve team defender Daniel Fox joins Stranraer on loan until the end of the season.
Everton are made to battle all the way to the final whistle by Norwich City at and need a second half own goal to secure a 1-0 win. A Gary Doherty own goal 12 minutes from time gives Moyes' men another important three points. Another late goal, this time at Southampton from Marcus Bent hands the Blues a precious point as they snatch a draw from the jaws of defeat.
There is good news for Kevin Kilbane who is named as the International Player of the Year by the FAI in Dublin. Meanwhile, Nick Chadwick calls time on his Everton career when he signs for Plymouth Argyle for a fee of £250,000. The Stoke born striker says: "I'd say that my time at Everton was more on the fantastic side than the frustrating side. The people I've got to work with have been unbelievable as have the fans who have always supported me."
The Blues Boss takes his players on a training break to Portugal, but the time in the sun doesn't have an immediate effect, as the Blues are knocked out of the FA Cup by against Manchester United. All eyes are on the return of Wayne Rooney as he makes his first return to Goodison since his controversial £30m transfer. However, it's the youngster who goes home with the last laugh as his side win by two goals to nil and book a place in the quarter-finals of the competition. Following the loss, David Moyes orders the Goodison pitch to be re-laid.
Just as people begin to doubt Everton's ability to remain in the top four, the Toffees storm to a magnificent 3-1 victory at Villa Park. The Blues are on top from the first whistle to the last and the Midlanders had no answer as Leon Osman, with two, and Tim Cahill, secured a sixth Premiership away win of the season and a first win at Villa Park since 1987. Moyes says: "We played really well today and the players are due an awful lot of credit. They knew it was a big game and it was a big task to win here because Aston Villa have a good home record. I thought the football we played was composed and relaxed. The players knew exactly what was required."