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January - 2005

January - 2005

The New Year did not get off to the finest of starts for the Blues.

A New Year's Day trip to White Hart Lane ended in a 5-2 defeat. The game marked Richard Wright's first Premiership start of the season following a shoulder injury sustained by Nigel Martyn in the previous match away to Charlton Athletic.

But the keeper's fortunes improved just three days later when he helped David Moyes' men to a crucial 2-1 victory over Portsmouth at Goodison.

At that stage of the campaign Everton's credentials as genuine contenders for a Champions League berth were being questioned following the side's first back-to-back defeats of the league season.

James McFadden scores his first Everton goal James McFadden netted his first Everton goal on the opening day of the month at Tottenham

They responded in emphatic fashion, battling back into the game against Portsmouth and eventually sealing victory with a late strike from Leon Osman.

That form continued into the following weekend and a tricky FA Cup third round trip to Plymouth Argyle. The match was selected for prime-time on a Saturday night by the BBC.

But if they had been hoping for an upset, they were sorely mistaken. The Blues cruised to a 3-1 victory, with Nick Chadwick coming off the bench to net the third of Everton's goals.

Nick Chadwick wheels away in celebration Nick Chadwick nets the third in the FA Cup win at Plymouth

He clearly made a lasting impression on the Argyle coaching staff as just a month later he was transferred to the south coast club for £250,000.

January proved a hectic month, with six fixtures played. A draw at Middlesbrough, another defeat to Charlton, this time at home, and a Cup success against Sunderland inspired by goals from Tim Cahill, James McFadden and James Beattie rounded off the month.

That FA Cup goal for Beattie was his first in a blue shirt following his club record-breaking £6m move from Southampton at the start of the month.

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