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Americans In The UK: Howard Records Fourth Straight Clean Sheet

By Matthew Braine

Tim Howard chalked up another pair of clean sheets last week after blanking both Hull and Portsmouth. The first shutout allowed Everton to progress in the Carling Cup and the second sent the Toffees into the top half of the table.

On Wednesday, Ayegbeni Yakubu, Jo, and Dan Gosling all scored within the first 24 minutes and Leon Osman added one in the 57th minute as Everton crushed the Tigers. Howard didn’t have to make many tough saves but did stop a difficult shot from Paul McShane late in the match. On Saturday, the Blues got a first half winner from Louis Saha and a fantastic performance from Howard to extend their winning streak to four in all competitions. Howard was challenged constantly with shots from Aruna Dindane and Kevin-Prince Boateng but stopped each one, playing a huge role in the win.

After a tough start to the season which saw Everton’s offensive output sputter, the team has now scored 12 goals in their last four games and hasn’t conceded during that time. Howard has kept four straight clean sheets and has five for the season.


Tim Howard, Everton

vs. Hull City, 0-4, (90 minutes, 6 saves, 0 goals conceded)
vs. Portsmouth, 0-1, (90 minutes, 3 saves, 0 goals conceded)

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Up Next: Thursday, away to BATE Borisov (Europa) and Sunday, home to Stoke City.  

Anton Peterlin and Cody Arnoux, Everton.   

Up Next: Tuesday, home to Blackburn Reserves.  

Brad Friedel, Aston Villa
vs. Blackburn, 2-1, (90 minutes, 2 saves, 2 goals conceded)

Friedel was haunted by his former team on Saturday when Blackburn stunned Villa in front of the Ewood Park faithful. Gabriel Agbonlahor gave the visitors an early lead in the third minute, but Christopher Samba equalized 21 minutes later with a goal of his own. Friedel made some quality stops including a fabulous tip over the bar after David Dunn struck an overhead kick directly on target. Despite being reduced to 10 men after 68 minutes due to the sending off of Vincenzo Grella, Rovers pressed on and, in the 88th minute, they got their reward. Defender Richard Dunne was adjudged to have handled in the box, allowing David Dunn to step up and put the winner past Friedel from the penalty spot.
Up Next: Monday, 10/5 home to Manchester City.

Brad Guzan, Aston Villa
vs. Cardiff City, 1-0, (90 minutes, 6 saves, 0 goals conceded)

Guzan was brilliant on Wednesday, shutting out Championship side Cardiff in the Carling Cup. Gabriel Agbonlahor scored the winner just three minutes in, giving Guzan the cushion and a bit a pressure in the process. 87 minutes later the score remained the same and Guzan had his first clean sheet of the campaign.  

Eric Lichaj, Aston Villa

Up Next: Tuesday, away to Fulham Reserves.  

Clint Dempsey, Fulham
vs. Manchester City, 2-1, (DNP)
vs. Arsenal, 0-1, (90 minutes)

Fulham fought hard but fell again on Saturday as Arsenal squeaked out a victory courtesy of Robin Van Persie's goal. Dempsey tested 'keeper Vito Mannone early on with two strong efforts, but the home side couldn’t make the breakthrough and ultimately allowed Van Persie’s 52nd strike to become the winner.
Up Next: Thursday, home to FC Basel (Europa) and Sunday, away to West Ham United.