Late Goals No Fluke
Tim Howard on how Everton's strikers are earning their late goals.
Tim Howard believes Everton's strikers are earning their late goals by wearing down defences.
The Toffees have scored a flurry of goals in the latter stages of recent games, with Yakubu scoring last weekend and Louis Saha grabbing a brace at West Ham.
Earlier, Marouane Fellaini had netted late on at Bolton and Saha struck late against Fulham.
Howard says that sequence isn't good fortune.
"They (Yak and Louis) haven't played many games together but it's coming together and I think what you look at is that we have scored late on," explained Howard.
"That is a bi-product of the fact that they have worn those defenders down so much that they concede.
"Before Louis even came here, when it was rumoured, I said him and Yak together for 90 minutes - I don't think any one wants to handle that.
"Louis is so dynamic, left foot, right foot, he strikes a heck of a ball and we all know what Yak can do too.
"It gives us confidence that if we stay resilient at the back the guys up front will get us a goal."
Everton have the joint second best away form in the league and the American custodian is keen for that to continue at Wigan - where's he expecting a continuation of the Blues' superb away support.
"Our away form has been fantastic," smiled Howard, "We enjoy going away together, being in hotels and preparing for the games. We do bond together and roll our sleeves up and work hard.
"That's a really positive thing to take into this game.
"Our Everton supporters who travel away are passionate. I won't name names but I think you go to certain grounds and they are half empty - then along come thousands of Everton supporters and you know the other team is in for a tough day."
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