Everton stopper Tim Howard believes Jack Rodwell can bounce back from the disappointment of seeing red against Liverpool on Saturday.

The young midfielder was controversially sent off for a challenge on Reds striker Luis Suarez, with the Englishman appearing to cleanly take the ball in-front of referee Martin Atkinson.

Clearly distraught with the decision, Rodwell left the pitch with his head in his hands, but his American teammate is confident he'll be back stronger than ever for the Toffees.

"Jack was disappointed - you never want to get sent off, he feels like he let us down but you can't quantify mistakes," Howard told Everton TV online.

"The referee made a mistake and unfortunately Jack had to pay for it but he didn't do anything wrong. He's been fantastic for us, he started off well against Liverpool he was getting about the place, getting stuck into really clean tackles and unfortunately he's been punished for them.

"Jack is a very strong character, he's a young kid but he's got a bag full of confidence on and off the field so it won't take much - but he knows he has our respect and our appreciation and he'll be okay."

Defeat in the Merseyside derby brought to an end a run of not losing back-to-back matches since November 2009, a record manager David Moyes made sure his players were proud of.


 

Howard knows that an instant response will be needed following the loss, but with an international break followed by games against Chelsea (twice), Fulham and Manchester United, times will be tough for the Toffees.

"That's something the manager took pride in and made us take pride in that we didn't lose back-to-back games and we were resilient and could come back," said Howard," Howard continued.

"Unfortunately that has come to an end but we've got the international break to lick our wounds and get better.

"We've got no time to rest and this is going to be a tough stretch for us."

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