Everton goalkeeper Tim Howard has insisted that there is no reason to panic about the club’s position in the table, despite being just four points above the drop zone, the Daily Star has reported.
After narrowly missing out on a place in the top four last season and recording their highest points tally since the inception of the Premier League, the Toffees have gone backwards this time around in terms of performances and results, with just six wins all season and only one since December 15 leaving them a disappointing 14th.
Their participation in the Europa League has been cited as a distraction in some quarters, but their form in that competition has contrasted sharply with domestic results, winning the first leg of their last 16 tie against Dynamo Kiev on Thursday to take their record to seven wins from nine Europa League outings.
They take on Newcastle United in an important game on Sunday, with the home supporters having been audibly anxious in recent matches at Goodison Park. But Howard is sure that there is nothing to worry about at present. “It’s easy to judge from the outside but there have been no rifts,’ said the American.
“Nobody has been slacking off. Things haven’t been great for us this season but that’s not for the lack of trying. Against all the odds, we have stuck together. To hell with the criticism. I give my heart and soul to this club. It’s my career and it is important.
When it was put to him that the club are in a relegation battle, Howard added: “We’re not. It’s traumatic and I get it. People want to talk about it. They want to have a beer in the pub and talk about how dangerous everything is. It’s not. If we get two wins on the bounce we’re straight up there.”
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