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Howard: No Despondency

by Daniel Alston @efc_danalston

Tim Howard feels Everton were denied victory in harsh circumstances at Anfield, but insists the Blues won't let confidence be affected.
Sylvain Distin headed home in the second half of an otherwise lukewarm Merseyside derby on Sunday, but referee Michael Oliver deemed there to be a foul in the build-up, leaving the game to finish 0-0.
Replays showed little wrong as Leighton Baines' corner flew towards Distin and goalkeeper Howard admitted it was a hard pill to swallow after the final whistle.
He told evertontv: "We probably didn't create enough clear-cut chances to win the game, but we had one in the back of the net that we feel hard done by.
"We played well and feel good about that. Nil-nil at Anfield is always difficult to come by. We would have liked to get three points but that goes without saying.
"I think it was a good performance on our part, very resilient defensively.
"The reaction after the game said it all though. It wasn't even close to being a foul and that's the disappointing thing. It was so clear-cut and you hope you get those big decisions. You just have to deal with it."
With just two games left until the end of the season, Everton's hopes of sealing European football next term are now extremely marginal.
The Blues must hope that fifth-placed Tottenham earn no more than a point from their last three fixtures to have any chance.
Howard, however, insists Everton's focus is purely on picking up maximum points themselves - starting at home to West Ham on Sunday.
"There's no despondency at all," he continued. 
"We still have it all to do - six points to play for. We won't roll over for anyone. I think everyone knows that. 
"That's what the ethos of this Club is about - this team in particular and certainly our manager."
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