Robbie Keane says it's the team ethic that continues driving Everton to success.
The Toffees recovered from an inconsistent start at home - just one win in their first nine games - to climb up to sixth in the Premier League at the turn of the year and they've been there ever since, competing with Villa for fifth.
Their away form held up throughout and they are the only team to beat us at the Lane since Harry Redknapp's arrival in October.
Add in victory over Manchester United at Wembley to reach the FA Cup Final and it's been a season to remember.
So what was the secret? "For a start, they have a good manager and David Moyes has done a tremendous job," said Robbie, who had a win and draw against the Toffees in the Merseyside derbies he played in during his time at Liverpool.
"It's a team effort. They are compact as a unit, well organised and work so hard for each other and that's why they are such a strong team and so hard to beat.
"Of course, they have good players as well and they've done tremendously this season, up there competing for fifth place and reaching the FA Cup Final.
"It will be a difficult game, no question about that," added Robbie, who believes we're now playing some of our best football.
"Obviously once we got to 40 points it relaxed everyone, we're playing our football and you can see that with how we've played in the last few weeks."