Howard hails Martinez mould

Tim Howard has claimed Everton are buoyant with confidence but insists nobody is getting carried away ahead of Christmas.

Last Updated: 09/12/13 at 16:36 Post Comment

Tim Howard: Believes Everton can dictate matches

Tim Howard: Believes Everton can dictate matches

The goalkeeper believes Roberto Martinez has brought about an evolution which has provided unprecedented levels of self-belief at Goodison Park.

Everton beat defending champions Manchester United in midweek before holding current Premier League leaders Arsenal to a draw on Sunday.

Although Howard was delighted with the North London draw, which saw Everton out-pass the Gunners, the American insists nobody is becoming complacent.

"I think it's the most confident we've been," he told the Liverpool Echo.

"We know when we cross the line that we have a formula to win games. It's not guesswork - if we do a, b, and c we'll get d. That's a good feeling to have.

"We don't want to get carried away because we're not even half way through the season but we're coming into game and we know how to pick teams

apart."

Dictate

Everton are now unbeaten in eight top flight matches and Howard believes Martinez' mould of football is paving the way for further success.

"We've only lost one game and we have a way of playing where we can dictate the game and if that carries on like this we can be successful," he added.

"One of the key things we worked on was doing to Arsenal what they usually do to other teams, and I think that proved a point.

"The stats proved we did it and it says a lot about this team. If we can do all those little things week in, week out we're only going to grow more in confidence."

Howard was himself in fine form once again on Sunday, forming a series of impressive saves to deny Arsenal, but insists much of the plaudits must be shared with his centre-back pairing of Phil Jagielka and Sylain Distin.

"You can be the best goalkeeper in the world but if you're playing behind a leaky defence you look poor," he said.

"I'm behind a great unit with Jags and Distin who have been different class.

"Then we have James and Gareth screening us so well. We have a really solid six there."

Related News

Most Commented

Readers' Comments

S

till reckon Chelsea will go for Khedira as back up for Matic. I think it will turn out to be quite a Mourihno-y window: We'll see the squad players and youth in action pre-season, say things like well, we need not buy anybody and then the club will bid £60m for Pogba and send everybody on loan.

tk421
F365's Transfer Guide - Part One

I

would love to be a fly on the wall at the meeting between Milner and Rodgers. I don't know if flies can count, but if they can then I would be counting the number of times Rodgers used the word outstanding in his attempts to get Milner to sign.

godzilla
Reds and Arsenal chase Milner

W

ell, it wouldn't be a summer without Arsenal fans fretting over losing a key player, and United throwing their weight around and muscling in on transfer deals which are (apparently) near to completion. If we can't be entertained by the football on the pitch, let's enjoy the silly off-pitch soap opera of the transfer season. Hurrah!

CamberleyGooner
The Back To It Gossip

Footer 365

Gundogan yet to make decision on future

Borussia Dortmund midfielder Ilkay Gundogan could yet join Manchester United this summer, according to a report from Germany.

Atleti, Arsenal and Liverpool target Vietto

Villarreal are reportedly attempting to renegotiate Luciano Vietto's contract to ward off interest from Atletico Madrid, Arsenal and Liverpool.

Sepp Blatter plans US trip for CONCACAF Gold Cup

Sepp Blatter is planning to visit the United States to attend next month’s CONCACAF Gold Cup tournament.

Mail Box

James Milner: Jose's Perfect Player?

Probably. But presumably he would not swap one bench for another. We have mails on over-hyped players, Arsenal enthusiasm, UEFA, FIFA and naked dudes...

Francis Is Coq Of The North (London)

There is more praise for Mesut Ozil, but it's Francis Coquelin who gets the big love in the Mails. Plus Lazio, Wilshere swears (who cares?) and an over-capped England...

© 2015 Sky Ltd. All Rights Reserved A Sky Sports Digital Media company