Today we finish up our season review of Everton month by month. Shockingly enough for our finall article we will take a look back at the final month of the season that provided some spectacular play and unfortunate defeats. With no cup play to be worried about, Everton headed into May with 3 games remaining against Manchester City, West Brom, and Chelsea where they came away with 6 points of nine. In typical Everton fashion the squad played to the level of their opponents, but as always they finished the season strong.
Following the victory against City, Everton travelled to West Brom in the hopes of retribution against a squad that defeated them 4-1 in November. Everton never really had a good handle on this game, especially after Mulumbu notched a 10th minute goal, and the few chances Everton had were squandered. Perhaps the best way to sum the game up was Billy's sending off soon after coming on as a substitute. The referee's decision was harsh, and the last sight of the Russian in Everton blue may have been walking down the tunnel to the dressing room before the game ended in a final 1-0 score.
To end the season Everton had the great fortune of drawing Chelsea at home. While Chelsea had nothing to play for having all but secured second place for the season, Everton needed all three points to ensure a 7th place finish. As has been the case since the F.A. Cup Final in 2009, Everton were the better team on the day. Numerous chances were either wasted or saved by an in-form Cech, and after the first half it seemed as if it was a matter of when and not if Everton would take the lead. This confidence was dealt a blow when Seamus Coleman was sent off from a second yellow card on what could only be described as an utter disgrace by the Chelsea players. After Coleman was incorrectly whistled for a foul, the Chelsea players surrounded the referee and in a scene more associated with Barcelona players, attempted to convince him that Coleman deserved a yellow. Unfortunately the referee succumbed to their demands, and just like that the Toffees were down to 10 men for the 25 minutes. After the sending off Everton continued to press forward and even with their disadvantage still managed to look the more dangerous of the two teams. Still the Toffees could not break through Cech until Jermaine Beckford began a run that has to rank high on the list of goals of the season. Beckford gathered the ball in Everton's box after a Chelsea corner, and quickly began to run the length of the field. Instead of passing to a sprinting Arteta, Beckford elected to keep the ball and with a fortuitous bounce, managed to sprint by 3 Chelsea defenders who had converged on him at midfield. After that he was off to the races, and in the end managed an exquisite chip over the onrushing Cech to bury the ball into the back of the net and send Goodison Park in to an absolute frenzy. The game ended soon after with a 1-0 scoreline, and Everton secured 7th place with a fantastic game to end the season.
That brings us to the end of our season review for the 2010-2011 season. As always please leave your comments below, and starting next week we take a look at the transfer market, and begin to preview the upcoming season. Remember everyone, only 2 weeks until the first preseason game against Bury, and until next time COYB!