Howard aiming to end on a high

The Toffees appeared to be on course for a share of the spoils at

Old Trafford over the weekend, only for Javier Hernandez to pounce

late on for the league leaders. That setback was Everton’s first in

eight outings, with a positive run of results having lifted them

into seventh place. David Moyes’ men now have four games in which

to pick up as many points as possible, starting at Wigan on

Saturday, and Howard is confident they will finish the campaign on

a high. He said: “It won’t be difficult to regain our momentum. “We

are disappointed but have to put the result into perspective. We

have to go to Wigan with the same confidence as we showed against

United. “We held them at bay for more than 80 minutes. Okay, we

didn’t do much attacking but we defended very well. “We have to

take the positives from this. We didn’t get any points but we can

go to Wigan with our heads up and win.” Howard was beaten by

Hernandez with just seven minutes remaining on Saturday but, as a

former United keeper, he knows you can never afford to relax

against the Red Devils. The United States international added:

“It’s heartbreaking to lose late on. But against teams like United,

Chelsea and Arsenal, I don’t know how many times I’ve been on the

end of a late goal. “You always expect United to score late on.

When I was here, you just knew that the goal would come.”