Tim Howard put in a massive performance against Manchester City on Wednesday, coming up with some big saves to keep a clean sheet and earn a draw for Everton.
However, coming into the match, it was unclear if Howard would even get the start.
[ RECAP: Man City 0-0 Everton ]
At 36-years-old, the USMNT’s goalkeeper has not been having his best season for Everton, and has been under immense pressure by supporters and the media.
Joel Robles had started each of Everton’s last two cup ties, and with a big Premier League match at the Etihad, many were calling for Howard to remain on the bench.
However, manager Roberto Martinez stuck with his veteran goalkeeper, and Howard proved why he has been one of the top keepers in the Premier League over the past ten seasons.
Speaking after the match, Howard credited his defenders for the result and said he pays no attention to speculation off the pitch.
I’ve been under pressure my whole career. Outside influences aren’t important to me. I put pressure on myself and that’s why I’m at the top.
Wednesday’s match was the first time Manchester City was held scoreless at home since January of 2015, showing just how strong Howard was.
Howard’s performance against City should regain some of the trust from the Everton supporters, as his form will be a huge factor in the Toffees’ push for a spot in European competition.