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Howard unconcerned by criticism

Everton goalkeeper Tim Howard has revealed that he is unconcerned by criticism surrounding his form for the club this season.

The American international has started all 12 of Everton’s league games so far this campaign, conceding just 16 goals, but despite this record his form has been questioned in some quarters.

The former Manchester United stopper insists such criticism does not bother him and he believes that people should look at the stats before questioning his credentials between the sticks.

He said: “With all due respect, the criticism from fans and media doesn’t mean anything. I think that, for players, it gets blown out of proportion. Strong-willed, good players don’t buy into that nonsense.”

The 36-year-old concedes that he is entering the latter stages of his career, but he insists that his age is not an issue and he is convinced that he is still performing at the same level as he has done throughout his career with the Toffees.

He continued: “Does that mean I’m making mistakes I shouldn’t be making? I think every goalkeeper makes mistakes. I’ve made mistakes over the last 10 years, but that wasn’t the story then.”

“When all is said and done, my numbers and record will speak for themselves, and I don’t mean that in a historic standpoint. I mean that now. Look at the Premier League, look at the stats for this season.”

Howard is expected to take his place between the posts for the Blues next match against Aston Villa at Goodison Park on Saturday