Tuesday, 29th April, 2014

Everton custodian Tim Howard is hopeful about his side putting aside their disappointment against Southampton at the weekend by coming up with a positive result versus Manchester City on Saturday.

The Toffees lost 2-0 against the Saints, courtesy of two unfortunate own-goals, which seriously dented their Champions League ambitions.

And Howard admitted that Everton, who are currently fifth in the Premier League table with 69 points from 36 games, four adrift of fourth-placed Arsenal, put in an uncharacteristic performance against Southampton.

However, the goalkeeper feels it was a one-off incident as the 35-year-old is sure the Merseyside club will be their true selves against the title-chasing Citizens.


Howard further added that he expects the contest at Goodison Park to be an open and tactical affair.

"It will be wide open, a tactical battle with top players on display. Those are the easy games to play in”, he explained to Everton’s official site.

"It was so unlike us [against Southampton]. It wasn't just one area; we weren't at it and we weren't ourselves. We couldn't get to the ball and when we had it, we didn't take care with it.

"Hopefully we'll brush it aside as a one-off and we'll have it all to do against Manchester City."

Everton lost the corresponding fixture 3-1 at the Etihad Stadium in October.

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