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Tim's Penalty Research

Tim's Penalty Research

Tim Howard's FA Cup heroics were the result of much preparation.

The keeper admitted that he studied penalties taken by the Manchester United players in the build up to Sunday's FA Cup semi-final.

The homework paid off as the former-United keeper saved from Dimitar Berbatov and Rio Ferdinand to set Everton on their way to a 4-2 penalties win after the score was 0-0 after extra time.

"Technology is crazy today, you can look at the penalties from something like the last eight years," Howard said.

"Throughout the week, knowing that it could possibly go to penalties, we studied it."

"I tried to be patient, which is not easy, and I guess I got lucky."

It was the perfect time for Howard to produce his first penalty saves as an Everton player but he was humble enough to pay tribute to his former teammates as well.

"I have not saved a penalty since I have been at Everton. I was obviously saving my luck for today!" he said.

"It probably means more to me than I expected. I still have got friends there whom I look up to. I want them to do really well and win the league but, when you go head to head, I am a competitor.

"There is no hard feelings there but it is nice for me, Louis (Saha) and Phil (Neville), who have all had the privilege to play for Manchester United."

Lar WilsonThe penality shoot out was a real test of class The Everton players showed what this club is all about, Tim - different class,enough said-GOYB

Tuesday 21st April 00:12 Report Comment

joshua ogradywell in howard great saves i was there at wembley come on blue boys

Monday 20th April 17:42 Report Comment

Thomas McCartenthe best compliment i can give tim, is your certanly on par with the great neville southall, you deserve all the plaudits coming your way, you were & are a world class goalkeeper, & are loved by fans & players alike, well done keep up the good work, heres to returning to our 2nd home come may, super tim.

Monday 20th April 16:37 Report Comment

Ronnie LimGreat overtime work Tim, you were simply outstanding! Now keep the research going with the Londoners and we will ace this final examination! CMYB!!!!

Monday 20th April 15:15 Report Comment

Ian MillerWent to the game with my old man. What more can I say? The feeling in the air outside the ground, it was nervous expectation. Walking up the ramps and going up the escalators inside; a sea of blue and white. Everyone in high spirits, even if it was simply a response to the surroundings. Wembley shattered all my expectations. It dwarfed me, the occassion alone was enough to bring tears to my eyes. The last time I saw Everton in the FA Cup final, I was nearly 8, and Royle's dogs of war were marching on with big Dunc at the helm. Tim; an outstanding performance. Nail-biting stuff from start to finish, even if the quality of the football wasn't immense - fantastic saves and one of the few matches I've seen without you tearing the defence a new one! Pienaar - contributed creatively to the majority of chances we had. The interplay between him and Baines (who never stopped pushing), with Cahill playing the holding role, was out of this world. Ok, Cahill will get overlooked if he's not making his trademark runs onto a stray ball or diving at a cross, but this reinforced what I started to see earlier in the season. What I began to see a few weeks ago at the West Brom game. Namely, that we can play good football, that we can read each other well and keep the game flowing. Vaughn proved to be as slippery as an eel, Saha was, for the time he was on, elusive and always looking for that space to open up. It's natural to want to defend when we've fought so hard to get this far and be taken seriously, but my only criticism would be that we weren't risky enough. The Wizard of Oz worked his socks off and, unfortunately, lost a lot of balls. But who can blame him, when he's having to hold the ball and search for a pass that wont open up. Credit where it's due. Man Utd's centre halves contained our attempts and attacks well, but there were times we could have exposed them at the back and played into the channels. Attack the lead. All in all, a memorable day and, with Cahill's reaction to his missed penalty, just one of many reasons to be proud to call myself an Evertonian. Born. Chosen.

Monday 20th April 15:06 Report Comment

Terry Doylesave tim lad!!

Monday 20th April 14:16 Report Comment

martyn brownwell done tim keep up the good work you was fantastic in the penaltys.we will beat chelsea so you wont ave to go through it all again gud luck 4 the season

Monday 20th April 12:51 Report Comment

Katie Flanaganwell done howard, great saves keep it up for the final. x

Monday 20th April 12:10 Report Comment

Brian WardTim weldone you played a great game. Keep it up and start studying the chelsea penalty takers.

Monday 20th April 10:50 Report Comment

Jason Tweedwell done howard you have made everyone at the club proud and got us to our first final since 95. enjoy the celebrations because you are a hero to all evertonians. it just shows i bet united are gutted that they sold you to a better team. well done.

Monday 20th April 08:51 Report Comment

Matt TuncGreat work Tim. You may have to do it again May 30 so keep watching those videos. From all the Evertonians in Australia, we couldn't be happier or more proud of the entire teams efforts this year. Let's put a trophy in the cabinet, COYB.

Monday 20th April 05:07 Report Comment

David BennettAnd if im proven to be write, you can mention me or somethin timmy, everton legend

Monday 20th April 01:44 Report Comment

David BennettTimmy absolutely tremendous lad. You are a legend. But I need to correct you i think, you have saved a pen in your Everton career, it was against Boro about 2 sesons ago at the Riverside. Yakubu had already saved one and he got another and you saved it! But that doesn matter, you were immense!

Monday 20th April 01:42 Report Comment

Reg The Blueok enough about united, you are all everton players and better for it. you were incredible tongiht Tim, as were our fans. I was watching it on TV and am so proud of our everton fans agt wembley, you were incredible. couldn't here a single man u supporter

Sunday 19th April 23:58 Report Comment

Thomas A Bennet JrWhat a finish!!! Five guys, four United fans, two from England, two from Ireland and myself, the only American and the only Evertonian. When Tim made those saves I celebrated for all of us. It was so sweet. The Guinness and the winnings were all mine. What a great day!! Can't wait for Chelsea. COYB

Sunday 19th April 23:31 Report Comment
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