March was far more fruitful than recent months for Everton, as the Toffees began to rediscover the form which had eluded them since late November.
As well as impressive 2-0 wins over West Ham United and Chelsea, Marco Silva’s side held near neighbours and title contenders Liverpool to a goalless draw at a raucous Goodison Park.
The Blues should really have gone the entire month unbeaten, but a frantic 25 minutes saw them let a 2-0 lead slip at Newcastle United, and lose the game 3-2.
But otherwise, it was a month which saw the Toffees take massive strides in the right direction after a difficult winter scuppered their progress this season.
With six strikes from their four encounters, which one takes the accolade for this month’s star strike?
Kurt Zouma v West Ham United
A perfect header from the French defender. He towered above fellow central defender Issa Diop and aim a perfectly-weighted strike over Aaron Cresswell’s head and into the back of the West Ham goal to give Everton a deserved early lead.
It was the perfect start to a game the Blues thoroughly deserved to win, in arguably their most complete performance of the entire season so far.
We are on top in this game and look so dangerous— The-Toffees.com (@thetoffees_com) March 30, 2019
Great early goal from Zouma #WHUEVE #EFC pic.twitter.com/3HNusLdKFM
Dominic Calvert-Lewin v Newcastle United
Calvert-Lewin has begun to establish himself as Everton’s first-choice striker, and has led the line superbly since being given an extended run up front by Silva in late February.
While his hold-up play is faultless, the 22-year-old still has room for improvement in the finishing department, but his header in the defeat at Newcastle was another reminder of his enormous potential.
An intelligent ball from Bernard released his partner-in-crime down the left flank, Lucas Digne, who delivered one of the Frenchman’s trademark crosses on a plate for Calvert-Lewin.
It was by no means an easy header, either; with his back to goal, he got the better of Newcastle centre-back Jamaal Lascelles to head home from an acute angle and give the Toffees an early lead.
Bernard v West Ham United
With his first shot on target in the Premier League this term, winger Bernard claimed his first league goal. A faultless record, it has to be said.
This finish embodied all that was great about the Blues’ win in Stratford this weekend. The pairing down the right flank of Richarlison and Seamus Coleman looks inspired, and the two combined beautifully to set the Irishman, whose loss of form earlier this season is beginning to feel a distant memory, scampering down the wing.
It was just like the Coleman of old, and he capped off a wonderful by squaring to Bernard, who could not miss from yards out to put the Toffees two up just after the half-hour mark.
All in all, then, plenty to build on this month for Everton. That Silva’s men are scoring more team goals can only be an indication that the squad is becoming a more settled unit and are gaining a far better understanding of each other’s games.
With April offering enticing home challenges against Arsenal and Manchester United, and winnable away games at Fulham and Crystal Palace, the final stretch of 2018/19 is looking far more exciting for Evertonians than it would have six weeks ago.