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January 4, 2012

Howard scores in Everton loss


Tim Howard scored Everton's first goal in its 2-1 defeat to Bolton.
Tim Howard scored Everton's first goal in its 2-1 defeat to Bolton.
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LIVERPOOL -- Tim Howard, whose No. 1 responsibility is to score goals, pulled off a rarity on Wednesday -- he found the back of the net for Everton in its 2-1 English Premier League loss to Bolton.

The former MetroStar became the fourth keeper in EPL history as to score as he tallied off a wind-aided 100-yard goal in the 63rd minute. Howard took a back pass from Sylvain Distin and booted the ball down field. The ball hit the ground some 25 yards out and took one bounce over the head of bewildered Bolton keeper Adam Bogdan and into the net to give Everton a 1-0 lead.

Howard refused to celebrate out of respect to Bogdan.

“It’s not a nice place to be,” Howard was quoted by the Associated Press. “I’ve been there before—a long, long time ago — and that was why I didn’t celebrate.”

But Howard, playing in his 250th game in England, and his Everton teammates could not hold the lead at Goodison Park.

The goal overshadowed the Everton debut of U.S. international midfielder Landon Donovan, who made his debut for the Toffees. Donovan is on loan from the LA Galaxy for two months during the Major League Soccer pre-season. Donovan, who scored twice in 13 games with Everton last year, will remain with the club through the Merseyside derby with Liverpool on Feb. 25.

Four minutes later, David Ngog equalized for Bolton, beating Howard from 12 yards on the right side of thed penalty area.

Gary Cahill beat Howard from nine yards on the right side as the hosts could not clear the ball out of the penalty area in the 78th minute for a 2-1 Bolton lead.

“I was delighted that we were in the lead and would hopefully go on to get three points, but it’s not a nice feeling for a keeper, it’s really awful actually,” Howard was quoted by the AP.

“You could see everybody was mistiming balls. Defenders were missing clearances that normally they would put up the field

“The wind is the hardest condition to play in. Snow, rain, sun doesn’t matter, but the wind really does play tricks on you.”

Goalkeeper goals are rare. In his first professional start, Danny Cepero struck late in the match of a 3-1 New York Red Bulls' home win over the Columbus Crew in 2008.
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