Concentration the key for Howard

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Tim Howard is anticipating a tough test when Everton travel to Ewood Park for tomorrow's Barclays Premier League encounter with Blackburn Rovers.

The 32-year-old USA international stopper has emphasised the importance of everybody being on their guard as the Toffees look to open their account in 2011-12 after last week's home defeat at the hands of QPR.

"At this level, any type of mistake gets highlighted and you get punished for even the smallest of errors," Howard told evertontv. "That's why we train so hard because we know you don't get second chances in a game.

"I'm certain that to be a goalkeeper at the highest level - a quality goalkeeper - you have to ride the bumps and bruises, the highs and lows and I have to react the same to a mistake as I do a Man of the Match performance."

Howard made an uncharacteristic error in the corresponding fixture on the opening day of last season, which resulted in a goal for Niko Kalinic, allowing Rovers to take the spoils 1-0.


After recovering well to turn in many a fine display in Everton's colours in the previous campaign, the American custodian is not planning on making the same mistake twice, and says a strong mental attitude will help him to overcome any demons.

"I still have to come back next week and do all the right things," he continued. "That's something a top level goalkeeper has to have.

"Every now and again you see a goalkeeper who can make saves but it doesn't mean they have the right mental approach - you have to be strong."

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