Howard backs Toffees

Tim Howard insists Everton's visit of Manchester City will be an easy game to play in simply because of the quality of opposition.

Last Updated: 28/04/14 at 16:41 Post Comment

Tim Howard: Still pushing for Champions League qualification

Tim Howard: Still pushing for Champions League qualification

Everton goalkeeper Tim Howard insists Saturday's visit of Manchester City will be an easy game to play in simply because of the quality of opposition.

The self-inflicted 2-0 defeat at Southampton damaged the Toffees' dreams of Champions League football but a point against Manuel Pellegrini's team will at least guarantee a return to the Europa League for the first time since 2009.

They could also do neighbours Liverpool a huge favour by taking points off City, which would give the Reds renewed hope of winning the title for the first time in 24 years.

Howard said the priority was to get themselves back on track after the disappointment at St Mary's Stadium.

"Hopefully we'll brush it aside as a one-off and we'll have it all to do against Manchester City," he told the Liverpool Echo.

"It will be wide open, a tactical battle with top players on display.

"Those games take care of themselves. Those are the easy games to play in.

"Gareth Barry (on loan from City) won't be there but we can cope."

Howard is confident there will be no hangover from a second defeat in three games.

"The manager has been brilliant in that regard. He dismisses things very quickly, both brilliant performances and bad ones.

"We'll get it out of the way and have a good week of training again.

"We'll be focused from Monday to deal with what City have to throw at us."

Captain Phil Jagielka, who has not played since the end of February because of a hamstring problem, is expected to return to face City as Everton's injury list continues to grow.

The club are still awaiting details of the extent of calf and knee problems sustained by Leighton Baines at the weekend.

Martinez had eight players unavailable through injury against Southampton and with Barry ineligible against his parent club this weekend the Spaniard has recalled forward Apostolos Vellios from Blackpool after just two appearances since joining them at the end of last month.


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