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April 06

April 06

With six games in the month, April appeared the ideal time for Everton to pick up the points to propel them towards European football.

But with only on win from those six outings, the Euro candle was extinguished.

The Blues were up against relegation certainties Sunderland on April 1, but the Black Cats showed passion and fight at Goodison Park to twice equalise goals from James McFadden and Leon Osman.

Such had been the Toffees' home form in 2006 that this was the first league game at Goodison from hwhich they had failed to take three points.

Leon Osman celebrates his goal Leon Osman after netting against Sunderland

And with tricky games approaching it was regarded as two points dropped by David Moyes and his players.

This was to be hammered home over the next four games, all of which Everton could not score in.

Draws were gained away at Charlton, in a forgettable game as well as at home to Birmingham. That game saw the Toffees dominate possession without turning it into goalmouth action.

Easter weekend matches against Spurs and Chelsea proved fruitless for Everton, as their opponents fought for points at the top of the table.

James McFadden nets the winner at Boro James McFadden executes a superb finish at Middlesbrough

Spurs left Merseyside with all three points courtesy of a Robbie Keane penalty, before David Moyes' men made their second trip of the year to Stamford Bridge.

They found Chelsea firmly focussed on retaining their title, and the harsh dismissal of Lee Carsley certainly didn't help as they went down 3-0.

It looked like another goalless encounter at the Riverside, before James McFadden had his say.

Everton had improved throughout the match tough and eventually snatched victory from the Uefa Cup finalists thanks to a brilliant lob from the young Scot.

He raced onto Leon Osman's through ball and finished clinically to ensure Everton remained in with a shout of a top ten finish with one game remaining.

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