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Everton survives Howard howler, unbeaten streak at 5

The soccer gods giveth, and they taketh away.

The same heavenly powers that gifted Everton goalkeeper Tim Howard a freakish, 100-yard goal a month ago decided to turn the tables on him Saturday. In Everton's match against Wigan at DW stadium, a deflected shot hit the turf a few yards in front of the American keeper and decided hook a Louie. Howard wasn't prepared, and the ball spun across his fingertips and into the net to give Wigan a 1-0 lead in the 76th minute. Howard didn't get the blame in the box score -- the own goal was credited to Everton captain Phil Neville for his deflection.

Luckily for the Toffees, Victor Anichebe's gorgeous header less than 10 minutes later evened the score and salvaged a point.

Everton is tied for 10th place in the Premiership and is unbeaten in its last five contests. Landon Donovan did not assist on the goal -- as has become customary for the loaned-out Galaxy captain -- but he had another busy 90 minutes in what has been undoubtedly another successful stint overseas.

Everton clashes with Chelsea Feb. 11 at Goodison Park. 

New York Sports