Howard: No Distractions

by Matthew Gamble

Tim Howard insists there will be no distractions when Tottenham arrive at Goodison this weekend.
Everton have a Merseyside derby and a sell-out FA Cup quarter final next week but first they have unfinished business with Harry Redknapp's Premier League high-flyers.
"They beat us down there but I don't think we gave a good account of ourselves, for whatever reason," Howard told evertontv. "It wasn't one of our best games but our home form has been very good."
Howard and company have already despatched of Chelsea and Manchester City on home soil this calendar year.
The custodian believes a similar approach will be required on Saturday teatime.
"If we can roll up our sleeves, really get into them, not make it easy for them and press their key players then it gives us a platform to go on and win games," he declared.
"We need to pick up points and we need to continue to plough up the league table. We have been scoring goals, the performances have been good and defensively we have been pretty solid."
Much hysteria has surrounded Everton's FA Cup clash with Sunderland on 17 March, with a trip to Wembley awaiting the winners.
And a Merseyside derby at Anfield under floodlights needs no additional promotion.
"The cup game is tossed in there which everyone is licking their chops about but we still have some mountains to climb," noted Howard. "We have the derby as well so it's a big couple of weeks but we are up for it."

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