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Howard's Heroics Boost Moyes

Everton boss delighted by his keeper's efforts.

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David Moyes praised Tim Howard following a virtuoso display from the keeper at Ewood Park.

The American made a string of superb saves, including stopping a Junior Hoilett penalty, as Everton left Blackburn with a narrow victory.

Mikel Arteta scored from the spot late on to snatch the points but Howard’s display proved crucial as he coped admirably under intense pressure throughout.

And Moyes said: “Tim Howard has got better at saving penalties. He has got a bit of belief in himself and today he has saved us.

“Last year he came here on the first day of the season and dropped a ball – today he has saved us and that will have done him the world of good.”

Howard’s save from Hoilett was the first of two missed spot kicks for the hosts – Mauro Formica fluffed the second – and Everton could have been well out of the contest by the time Arteta stepped up.

Moyes admitted he thought Leighton Baines might have taken the late kick, but had no problem with Arteta assuming responsibility.

He said: “It is never easy coming to Blackburn and they made it difficult for us today. They have lost a couple of their games so they were determined to get a result and they put us under a lot of pressure in the second half.

“It was nip and tuck in the first half, but in the second they put us under a lot more pressure– thankfully we withstood most of it.

“The fact that the players stuck to the task was probably the only positive to take for us, there wasn't much else.”

Moyes added: “When we got the penalty I thought Baines was going to take it. But when I saw Mikel walking up I had no problem with it. I have watched them both take penalties in training and if he is confident enough to take it then fine. If he had missed I might have had something to say!”

Minik HansenDavid Harman, wishfully what you're talking about with the results is point-wise. Lucky lads. Match-fitness, COYB!

Sunday 28th August 14:28 Report Comment

alan ridleyGood job he had a good game, the rest of the boys had another shocker. To struggle against the 2 worst teams in the prem does not bode well. It can only get better COYB

Sunday 28th August 08:28 Report Comment

david harmanMORE of the same kind of results for the rest of season please.

Sunday 28th August 08:14 Report Comment

Victor TayCome on you Blues, we were poor against Blackburn. Hope the international break will do the team good and get back to playing good football.

Sunday 28th August 06:38 Report Comment

Edward RobinsonHeroics is the ONLY way to describe Tim's performance! Well done, Tim Howard - thank goodness we have agreat goalkeeper!!!

Saturday 27th August 20:16 Report Comment

stephen hendersonvery lucky lads glad for 3 points tho

Saturday 27th August 20:11 Report Comment

John HauI am rather worried about our lack of match fitness from most of our player after 3 weeks into a new season, we lacked energy today, please sort this out before our Villa game in 2 weeks time!

Saturday 27th August 20:07 Report Comment

Alec WalkerI hope this was the worst game that Everton will play this season, please, I can't take more of this. Is it true that more Everton supporters die of heart attacks than any other team.

Saturday 27th August 19:51 Report Comment
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