Howard: Record Counts For Nothing
Keeper not thinking about past good fortune against Fulham.
Tim Howard says Everton's dominant home record against Fulham will count for nothing when the two sides meet at Goodison Park on Saturday.
The Cottagers have won just twice when visiting the Blue half of Merseyside in their history and never in the league.
Since David Moyes took charge of the Toffees, the Goodison record between the two clubs reads 13 games played, 12 Everton wins and one draw.
But despite history indicating another home success this weekend, Howard insists his side must take nothing for granted.
"The record sounds good and hopefully we can add to it," the goalkeeper told evertontv. "But I think every game is its own single entity. Those [past] games aren't going to really matter when the whistle blows on Saturday.
"It's nice to see that [record] and it gives maybe an extra incentive and motivation. But for the most part, it means nothing."
Another plus for Everton could be Fulham’s relatively comfortable position midway up the Premier League table.
Though not mathematically safe, Martin Jol's side sit nine points clear of 18th-placed Wigan in 11th, having already reached the fabled 40-point mark.
Howard, however, doesn’t expect the visitors to be lax in their approach, nor does he see them surrendering meekly to what would be a third straight league defeat.
"The way the Premier League is designed, the way fans have such high expectations of their players and their club, it's very hard to take your foot off the gas," said the American.
"I know we're coming to the end of the season and if you're safe, or close to being safe, you can kind of breathe a sigh of relief, but it never works out that way.
"You still get there on the day and you've got a team who is eager and hungry to perform and everyone's got different things to play for. I think they'll turn up and have certainly the right attitude.”
"We've been in good form, good spirit, and we're not going to let one setback [against Sunderland] knock us,” he added. “We will get back to business and it's at home, and we have to perform at home, we know that.
"Fulham will present their own problems to us and they've got some really talented players. But when you're on your home pitch you have to push the tempo and get the result."
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