PHOTOS: Everton's worst moments of 2014

Merseyside derby thrashing, FA Cup demoralisation and a terrible ending for Everton.

The first warning signs that a top four place for Everton was not going to be easy last season first appeared in the Merseyside Derby toward the end of January. Everton were thumped 4-0 by a rampant Liverpool, who went on to finish second, and two weeks later they also lost to Tottenham Hotspur, as it looked like they would come up short.

Going into the spring Everton's season again looked to be under the threat of being close, but not close enough. They lost to Chelsea and were dumped out of the FA Cup emphatically by eventual winners Arsenal at the start of March to set alarm bells ringing.

But it was the shock home defeat to Crystal Palace in April that proved the catalyst for a dive. They went on to collect just six points from a possible twelve at the end of the season to finish fifth and qualify for the Europa League

In the new campaign the presence of Thursday night football has certainly hindered Everton in the Premier League. With injuries mounting they have finished the year on a low, losing three league games on the bounce to equal their record of eight league defeats from 2013-14 at the halfway stage of 2014-15.

Improvement is needed, and fast, as rumours begin to mount over the potential future of Roberto Martinez.

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