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February 16, 2013
Howard, Everton allow stoppage-time goal

OLDHAM, England — A tie definitely felt like a loss to Everton and goalkeeper Tim Howard on Saturday.

Howard, who played for the New York/New Jersey MetroStars, allowed Matt Smith to score five minutes into stoppage time to give Oldham Athletic a 1-1 draw with Everton in the English F.A. Cup eighth final at Boundary Park.

The teams will tussle in a replay at Goodison Park in Liverpool on Feb. 27.

Needless to say, Everton manager David Moyes was frustrated by the result.

“We are still in the FA Cup but we are disappointed that we didn’t win it because we should have done better to either score another goal or to see it out,” he told EvertonTV. “We had the chances to get the third goal but when you score two goals in any game you hope to win it.”

Jordan Obita had given Oldham the lead in the 13th minute off a counterattack before Victor Anichebe knotted things up at 1-1, scoring off a half volley in the 23rd minute.

England international Phil Jagielka lifted the visitors into the lead as he put home a Kevin Mirallas corner kick in the 48th minute.

Smith, who scored twice against Liverpool in the round of 16, headed in a corner kick deep into added time to save the Latics from elimination.

Desperately trying for the equalizer, the English League One side play long ball over the final minutes, forcing several corner kicks.

The tactic worked as Smith scored one dramatic goal against the English Premier League team.

“We just couldn’t get a head or the goalie’s hands on it,” Moyes told EvertonTV. “I thought there was a foul on the goalkeeper from the previous corner.

“I thought we could see it out but in the last five minutes we looked as if we were panicking a bit and we didn’t do the right things.”

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