Review of the Year - November 06
November was a hectic month for the Blues.
Six games were dealt with during the calendar month. Having drawn at The Emirates at the end of October, the second game of November was a League Cup clash with the Gunners at Goodison.
It was a younger, more inexperienced side fielded by Arsene Wenger. Everton had the upper hand but a late Emanuel Adebayor goal from a corner put paid to Everton's hopes - and ruled out the prospect of extra time.
It was a soft goal to concede, rubbing salt into Everton's wounds having played the better of the two sides.
It came just days after a 1-0 reverse at Fulham's Craven Cottage in which Andy Johnson was denied a great penalty claim that would have provided the Blues with an opportunity to secure a share of the spoils.
A hat-trick of 1-0 defeats was completed by a home reverse to Aston Villa.
Veteran striker Chris Sutton netted the only goal of the game minutes before the interval. The late appearance of Anichebe was the silver lining for the Blues, with the young hitman once again demonstrating why he is a hot property.
Everton got back to winning ways - and back on the scoring trail - with a 1-0 victory over Bolton.
With Johnson having not netted since September and Cahill ruled out until the New Year following a freak collision with Lee Carsley against Villa, it was Mikel Arteta who took the goalscoring baton.
His sublime solo-strike is one of the highlights of 2006. Ironic, then, that it came in such a low-key encounter.
A week later and an own goal gave Everton the upper-hand before Andy Reid equalised late on with a fierce strike for the relegation threatened outfit. Shoddy defending from Nuno Valente and Joseph Yobo was the key to the equaliser.
The defending improved at Old Trafford bu Manchester United still managed to muster three goals - ensuring the month ended as it began - with defeat.
The stats for the month did not make the best reading - four defeats, one victory and a draw.