Everton manager delighted with Tim Howard

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Everton manager Roberto Martinez has expressed his pleasure at the form of his American goalkeeper Tim Howard this season - describing him as "faultless".

The former Manchester United 'keeper has been instrumental in helping the Toffees to sixth place in the Premiership, with just one defeat.

The Spaniard told the Liverpool Echo "Tim has been faultless since the start of the season.

"I can really say that I've not seen him do anything that has not been of the highest, highest level so I am really pleased."

Martinez also spoke of the importance of the competition in the goalkeeping area coming from Joel Robles, a player he signed from Atletico Madrid in the summer after having him on loan at Wigan Athletic last season.

"It is important in every position that you have good competition for places and have options," he said. "Joel Robles, who won the FA Cup last season, is going to bring that threat but I thought Tim Howard showed on Saturday just what a magnificent moment of form he is enjoying. And what a magnificent goalkeeper he is."

That magnificent moment came when Howard prevented Aston Villa from taking an eighth-minute lead in their fixture at the weekend, with a fantastic penalty save from Christian Benteke. 

It was the catalyst for Everton to go on and take a 2-0 victory with goals from Romelu Lukaku and Leon Osman.

For Tim Howard and his defence it was a fourth clean-sheet of the season as Everton continue to build under their new manager and new style.

The former Swansea and Wigan boss said "They are a really strong unit who have been successful over the years and for me, it was important to keep that.

"But they have also opened up to doing things in a different way and that has been impressive." 

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