Howard sticks by Toffees hoodoo

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As Everton look for their fifth straight victory at Manchester City on Saturday, Tim Howard insists there is no secret formula to the Toffees' success, other than good old fashioned team spirit.

After carving out a 2-1 victory in the corresponding fixture last season, the USA international goalkeeper has urged his teammates to reproduce the same kind of performance to claim the three points this weekend.

"Manchester City will be a difficult task," Howard told evertontv. "But we need to go there and dig in and be resilient – it has worked for us in the past.

"[Last year] you could see the elation on all of the players' faces. It was such a cold night and our fans were out in their thousands and that win really galvanised the club."

The dominance that David Moyes' players have enjoyed over City in the past few years is even more impressive when you consider the vast difference in playing budget and resources of the two clubs.


And Howard believes a positive result tomorrow will go a long way in maintaining Everton's early season momentum moving forward, just as it did last term.

"I think the players and fans really embraced that win and it showed that it is not all about money," he continued. "It is about performances and spirit. We talked about having spirit but we proved it that night."

One player who typically inspires the Toffees' squad with his committed performances is Tim Cahill. The box-to-box midfielder has been a constant thorn in the side of the Citizens in recent meetings, having scored in each of his last three visits to Manchester City.

"He takes the fight to them and they know that going into it," added Howard. "And Tim relishes those opportunities to get stuck in, put himself about and really pester the opposition."

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