A much improved second half performance saw Everton claim a point away at Wigan at the weekend, though they were not helped by some poor refereeing by Kevin Friend, who was incredibly inconsistent with his bookings and seemed reluctant to give Everton a penalty until the third and fourth fouls by Wigan players inside the area.
As the Premier League prepares to sign off for two weeks ahead of the international break, much of the post-match analysis centred around Leighton Baines, who dispatched the 87th minute spot-kick with aplomb, rounding off another superb display.
With Ashley Cole's petulant mouth putting his international future in doubt, Baines is rapidly moving ahead of the Chelsea full-back in the England pecking order and should start Friday's World Cup qualifier with San Marino.
The BBC's chief football correspondent Phil McNulty is the first to sing Baines' praises.
The Guardian's Richard Jolly also lauds the left-back in his match report
Toffees assistant boss Steve Round also has his say
Away from our Leighton....
The boss says his Champions League qualifying team of 2005 is the best he has ever had and does not want to make comparisons with his current side until the end of the season
Reserve goalkeeper has quit international football so he can focus on warming the bench and playing in the odd cup match with Everton.
Trialist Thomas Hitzlsperger has the chance to impress the Blues coaches in a Under-21 game at Norwich on Monday evening.