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Howard scores, feels bad about it

Everton players run to congratulate goalkeeper Tim Howard,

Everton players run to congratulate goalkeeper Tim Howard, center, after he scored their first goal during the British Premier League match. (Jan. 4, 2012) Credit: AP

Landon Donovan returned to the English Premier League Wednesday night and afterward, all anyone wanted to talk about was Tim Howard.

As Howard -- an EPL fixture between the pipes -- knows all too well, it's the goalscorers that steal all the headlines.

In the 63rd minute of Everton's game against Bolton today at Goodison Park, Howard uncorked a behemoth boot from his own box, which took a wind-aided bounce over his counterpart Adam Bogdan's head and into the net to give the Toffees a 1-0 lead. The Wanderers would answer back twice to steal the points and move out of the Premiership's basement, but Howard's goal generated most of the headlines.

He became the fourth goalie to score an EPL goal, joining fellow American Brad Friedel, Man U legend Peter Schmeichel (who scored while playing for Aston Villa) and England's Paul Robinson. Friedel's and Howard's clips -- two very different strikes, and extremely different reactions -- are embedded below.

Howard barely flinched after the historical goal. He explained his reaction after the game. 

"It's not a nice place to be," he said, referencing Bogdan's misfortune. "I've been there before, a long, long time ago, and that was why I didn't celebrate."

As for Donovan, he didn't score as many goals as his American buddy, but he did start and provide an offensive spark, according to reports. In the 44th minute, Donovan nearly drew a penalty -- like he did on multiple occasions during last year's loan spell -- but the referee would not oblige.

Donovan, Howard and the Toffees play next in a non-league match against Tamworth Saturday at Goodison Park. 


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