The USA international was back to his best as he helped Everton bag a well-deserved point against reigning champions Manchester City at the Etihad Stadium on Saturday. Manchester City v Everton FC at Etihad Stadium. Pics Gareth Jones Dec 2 2012 View Howard has been the subject of some criticism for recent displays, and David Moyes has admitted he would like to add greater competition to his goal-keeping ranks to ensure his number one stays focused. But the 33-year-old said:
“I think it (competition) is important I really do. But I have never really allowed myself to get too caught up in the competition element of it.
“I think every team needs competition for every place if they can afford it, maybe even three players. I’m 33. I’ve been around, played a lot of seasons, had to push people and I’ve been pushed.
“But I’m a firm believer that I work as hard as anyone. I don’t miss days in training, I don’t stay in the physio room too long if ever, I push myself and drive myself hard. That’s what’s important.
“If you want to be the best you can’t rely on other people to drive you.
“We all get our head down in the training ground and work hard but in the big games you need your keeper to make a few big saves. It’s so hard to contain the best sides, you’ve got 11 quality players but I was able to make a few saves.”