Howard wants a response
Tim Howard knows David Moyes' 10-year anniversary as Everton manager was ruined by the Merseyside derby defeat.
Last Updated: 16/03/12 9:13am
Tim Howard knows David Moyes' 10-year anniversary as Everton manager was ruined by the Merseyside derby defeat and he is determined to put things right in the FA Cup.
The Goodison Park club were in midweek beaten 3-0 by a hat-trick from Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard in a loss which ended a nine-game unbeaten run in all competitions.
Howard admits it was far from the 'storybook' fashion to mark Moyes' decade in charge and the goalkeeper wants a reaction in Saturday's cup quarter-final against Sunderland.
"It is never a nice place to lose, but with the anniversary and everything, it's even more so. Ten years is a lot of results, a lot of highs and lows," said the goalkeeper after defeat at Anfield.
"We had gone into the game on the back of a really good run, but unfortunately it didn't end in the storybook way we all hoped. But this is a good team, this is a good bunch of boys, and there is definitely no problem with the character in the squad.
"We will be up for the fight at the weekend and it would be fantastic to get a good result to give everyone a lift after what has been a long week. It won't be for the lack of trying.
"Losing derbies always hurts, but we are professionals, we want to see it out, so we will get back to work and hopefully get a result."
Howard, though, does not think the lunchtime meeting with Sunderland at Goodison Park takes on added significance after the derby defeat, in which Moyes made six changes to his team.
"I don't think the FA Cup game has any more importance because of losing the derby - the chance of going to Wembley is enough to lift everyone's spirits," said the American.
"We all want a place in the semi-final. We will keep going, because the confidence is certainly still there. That's because of the way we were playing before Anfield.
"We still feel our form is good and we will count that defeat as just a blip, push on and hopefully get a good result at the weekend, which will really help to put this behind us."