Season 2014-15 Opinion Match Reports
Accounts from matches by our editorial team and featured correspondents
Everton lost to a Spurs side that was quicker, slicker and hungrier for three points that ensured it was they who finish in the fifth position occupied by the Blues this time last year.
Romelu Lukaku's 20th goal of the season earned a dramatic late win for the second season running at Upton Park.
This defeat to Sunderland may have owed as much to luck as the Blues' own inability to get their act together in the box long enough to win it, but there was an annoying air of inevitability about it.
Aston Villa ended a flat and uninspired Everton's six-match unbeaten run with a 3-2 win at Villa Park.
The Catalan played Louis van Gaal and his charges like a fiddle in the Merseyside sunshine today as Everton ran out 3-0 winners.
In hindsight, a routine win that brings the Blues' points haul from the last 15 available to 13 and pulls them to within a couple of points of the top half of the table.
A fourth match unbeaten keeps the belated recovery alive and keeps Everton's hopes of a top-half finish alive but it was a largely uninspiring performance.
A win that puts nine points worth of daylight between Everton and the bottom three and, with eight games still to play, which should be enough to banish fears of the relegation.
The Europa League decor went up at Goodison Park and Everton re-emerged from the hole they've been digging for themselves in the Premier League to win in Europe again.
A second 2-0 defeat in the space of four days, another blank on Everton's side of the scoresheet in the points column, and one more frustratingly inept performance has deepened the gloom among supporters trying to fathom how the magic of last season has turned so black.
Everton seemed resigned to their fate in a match that they controlled for long periods but again failed to do enough to win.
Some early unsteadiness aside, a professional and reasonably entertaining performance from Everton that ensures they breeze into the next round.
The struggle goes on... Everton continue to falter where a season that many fans now just want to see the back of lurches from one frustration to the next.
The Blues planted one foot in the round of 16 with an excellent display in Bern despite playing the last half hour with 10 men following John Stones's red card.
Just two minutes, plus stoppage time, were all that lay between Everton and a hugely creditable point at Stamford Bridge.
Everton spared their fans the agony of a Liverpool win in Steven Gerrard's last all-Merseyside clash but that was ultimately all they gave them in a torpid encounter at Goodison Park.
Sometimes you just need to grind out a win and Everton successfully did that on a notoriously difficult ground. Full report on the win over Palace.
If the alarm bells weren't ringing before, they certainly are now.
Everton played with 10 men for over an hour as this FA Cu0 replay went to extra time only for their spirited display to end in the agony of defeat in a penalty shootout
The Blues displayed defensive resilience and revived impetus to earn a deserved draw with City
Romelu Lukaku's injury-time strike kept Everton alive in the FA Cup and came as a massive relief to a beleagured Roberto Martinez.
A 2-0 defeat at Hull City, a team struggling for confidence themselves who hadn't won at home since October, made it four defeats on the spin and five straight losses away from Goodison Park in the League.
Roberto Martinez's positive tenure is unravelling as Everton's slide continues.
The Martinez regime may yet prove to be the one that leads us back to the promised land but in the aftermath of another wretched defeat, it just feels like another false dawn.
Though far from their best, Everton won when they were expected to, seeing off QPR 3-1.
Everton narrowly lost the game that ended the Blues' unbeaten run in the competition but the boss will hopefully have gleaned plenty from what he saw.
Echoing the draw against Swansea and some of the similar games from last season, this was an encapsulation of Martinez's lingering challenge at Everton how to break down entrenched, well-drilled opposition
A sluggish Everton are undone by individual errors and a general lack of tempo against a below-par Spurs side
Everton prove that they were the team to beat in a strong Group H by completing a deserved double over Wolfsburg.
The Blues came through a physical test despite two key absentees, found a way to retake the lead and then withstand a late Allardyce bombardment
Everton retained their position on top of Group H and now need just a point to guarantee their passage to the next phase
A chance to make strides towards the top four goes begging as Everton struggle to break down Swansea who finished with 10 men
under-pinned by solid defensive work and secured by superior quality in the final third.
An instantly forgettable affair but one which leaves Roberto Martinez's side unbeaten and top of Group H
This was much more akin to what we became accustomed to last season calm and unflappable in possession, potent from the fullbacks and with Lukaku feeding off Barkley up front.
A four-game road trip ends disappointingly with two draws and two defeats and a real flat feeling heading into the international break.
Samuel Eto'o's late goal salvaged a point that was more important than the iffy performance it was built on
Phil Jagielka's stunning equaliser lit up an otherwise wretched attacking performance but avoiding defeat is the real win.
Having won so handsomely on Thursday in Europe and then seen Manchester United, Liverpool, Tottenham and Chelsea all drop points, you just knew we were going to lose today.
Everton marked their return to European football with a superb result against Bundesliga side Wolfsburg
A clean sheet, a first goal for Romelu Lukaku and a return to better form of the McCarthy-Barry axis in this 2-0 win at the Hawthorns augurs well for the immediate future.
Everton's defensive frailties were ruthlessly exposed in a mesmerising game of football at Goodison Park that yielded nine goals.
Everton let a priceless two-goal advantage slip as Arsenal equalise at the death.
Everton, as clearly the superior team should have won this match comfortably but eased off too quickly and for too long, paying the price by conceding a late equaliser.