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Howard Plays Down Display

American modest after thwarting Swans at the Liberty Stadium.

Howard Plays Down Display
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Modest Tim Howard played down his starring role in Everton’s 3-0 win at Swansea.

The keeper pulled off a number of superb saves at crucial times as the Blues recorded an emphatic victory in South Wales.

The visitors’ attacking verve made them more than worthy winners, but Howard certainly played his part.

The pick of the saves thwarted Ki Sung-Yueng with the American plunging low to his right and diverting the South Korean’s low drive up and over the bar with a prodigiously strong swipe of his arm.

Howard told evertontv: “I saw it late, it was in a comfortable area but I saw it late. He hit it well, with good pace; I managed to get it up and off the floor and over the bar and it made it look nicer than it might have done. Like I always say if you work hard you get some luck now and then.

“There were a few scares,” he added. “Goalkeepers are there to make the saves. When you don’t you hang your head but we rode our luck and I made a few saves and 3-0 makes it look a lot better than it might have been.”

Victor Anichebe, Kevin Mirallas and Marouane Fellaini scored the goals that secured the points.

And for Howard, they were goals that capped the execution of a watertight tactical plan.

“They pass you off the park, spread you out and make it really tough for you,” he added. “But we did a job today, we had a gameplan and it worked for us.

“We wanted to stop them from playing. Most teams, you put them under pressure and they lump it. They are happy to take the ball under pressure in difficult areas of the field so everyone has to be switched on and every player know what is happening in their area of the field.

“When we had the ball we went forward, we didn’t just possess it for the sake of it. It allowed us to open them up and create some chances. We wanted to be a little bit more clinical but the boys finished their chances well and we went away 3-0 winners.”

The victory took the Blues up to second in the table, and Howard added: “We have Leeds in the cup and a cup run is important to us. We don’t want to look too far ahead but after that we have two league games before the mid-October international break and we want to make sure we are right in the reckoning so we can push on towards Christmas.”



Simon LahnTim, you represent the U.S. and Everton with true professionalism. What is amazing is your consistency game after game. Manchester United made big mistake selling you.

Monday 24th September 02:41 Report Comment

Val DAWSONThis is only what I'd expect from this guy. He is pure class.

Sunday 23rd September 11:55 Report Comment

Nikki TilloWell done tim, Was a great performance from you all game and well done on the clean sheet hope for more of the same xD

Sunday 23rd September 11:32 Report Comment

patrick liddaneWell done Tim, you are a vital player for us. Keep up the great work. This could be our year!.

Sunday 23rd September 04:40 Report Comment

tadhg bryangood display tim after the newcastle game well done

Sunday 23rd September 01:25 Report Comment

Minik HansenVery fine performance of Howard, how hard he has trained and how much quality he posessed showed. We're fortunate to have him, we love you Howard! Long may continue your form. COYB.

Saturday 22nd September 22:12 Report Comment
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