Season Review: November

by Matthew Gamble

November was, in many ways, a month of missed opportunities.

First the Blues travelled to Craven Cottage to face Martin Jol's Fulham.

In what would become a theme for the month, it was a topsy-turvy game, with the home side taking the lead through Bryan Ruiz.

Then Marouane Fellaini took centre stage with two superb goals and Everton should have been out of sight before Steve Sidwell struck at the death.

The boot was on the other foot in the next game when Sunderland arrived at Goodison Park and stole an early lead. This time Everton came from behind to win with Fellaini and Nikica Jelavic the goalscorers late on.

Steven Pienaar in Everton's embroidered poppy shirt

At Reading a week later the Blues should have had the game sewn up early on, only for the struggling Royals to record an opportunistic 2-1 win that irked manager David Moyes.

There was more frustration in the next game, when Norwich were the visitors to the Blue half of Merseyside.

Again Everton took the lead, this time through Steven Naismith - and again they forced numerous other chances.

But they couldn't convert, meaning Sebastian Bassong was able to steal a point in the fourth and final minute of added time.

That draw probably felt like a defeat, but four days later another point was garnered in differing circumstances.

Arsenal rocked up at Goodison and Theo Walcott had them ahead inside a minute.

Steven Naismith pounces to open the scoring.

Instead of panicking Everton took a stranglehold on the game, and after Fellaini had drilled in a low left-foot effort the Blues could – and perhaps should - have won it.

Off the pitch in November, Everton launched a racy charity calendar featuring the first-team players and saw skipper Phil Neville go under the knife to address an on-going knee problem.

And there was another hugely positive moment in an already exciting season when Leon Osman won a maiden England cap at the age of 31.

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