Howard accepts the blame
By Adam Marshall
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Tim Howard accepts the finger of blame will be pointed his way.
Tim Howard accepts the finger of blame will be pointed his way after his slip allowed Bolton Wanderers to take a 90th minute lead in the 2-2 draw on Saturday.
The Manchester United keeper has not had the best of starts to the new campaign and got in an almighty mess with defender Mikael Silvestre to gift Les Ferdinand what looked certain to be the winner at The Reebok Stadium.
Although David Bellion scrambled a last-gasp leveller, the United States international is fully aware that he deserves to attract criticism for the mistake.
"Had this been my first season, I am sure that nobody would have been looking in my direction," he told The Manchester Evening News.
"Given that it is my second, I think some of the things have been magnified.
"People are going to pile pressure on me in this second year. That's how it is. But, in terms of where I am at mentally, I have no issues.
"I came for the ball and got a bit of a clattering. I fumbled it, but thought I was going to be able to get it back. I should have been able to get it back but circumstances then took over.
"The finger is going to get pointed my way and I understand that. I have to look at it and be honest.
"I am not going to point the blame myself, there will be plenty of that going around from other people anyway."