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With 45 minutes on the clock at Upton Park you just couldn't see us going on to win, could you?
They were the better side. No doubt.
But all credit to the players and the manager. David Moyes went for it, made a few substitutions and we got our reward.
Looking at where we were three or four games ago the results of late have been a fantastic turnaround. There's still a long way to go but you can see a togetherness now. You can see it at the back where we're not conceding and you can see it when we score. The reaction is fantastic and we needed to get back to that.
Confidence is the main reason for it and that goes back to the Manchester United game. Confidence comes from winning games. You need a break sometimes, we got that against United and we've grown from that.
I have always said and I still believe that Tim Howard is the best signing David Moyes has made. To progress over a number of years you need a good goalkeeper and no disrespect to the players who have come in since Neville Southall but we've never really replaced him.
Nigel Martyn came in and did a good shift but I think Tim is the best goalkeeper we've had at Goodison for a long, long time. And he's still got an awful lot still to give this Club.
I was fortunate to play with Neville and he's the best goalkeeper I've ever played with. And I can see similarities between him and Tim. Tim is athletic, agile and - looking at the saves he made on Saturday to keep us in the game - he is one of the bedrocks of the side.
So congratulations to Tim for breaking Neville's record and hopefully he can go on to break a few more. Fingers crossed.
Finally, looking ahead to Sunday, I'm hoping to see a first great Goodison performance of the season. Everyone at the Club will be buoyed by the result at West Ham so let's turn that into a great performance at home.
We saw against Manchester United what the lads are capable of with the backing of a vocal support behind them and we'll need that again because you cannot underestimate Middlesbrough. After all who would have backed them to win at Villa Park? Not me.
We've got ourselves up and running but there's definitely still more to come. We've not seen Everton at their best but we're winning. In a funny way, that is pleasing.
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