Howard Sympathises With Bogdan

  • January 04, 2012 | By Chris Mann
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Tim Howard has admitted he feels sorry for Adam Bogdan after the Everton goalkeeper scored against his Bolton counterpart on Wednesday evening.

With the game level at 0-0, a routine clearance from Howard gathered pace in the swirling wind and took a wicked deflection, sending the ball looping up and over Bogdan to give Everton the lead.

Goals from David Ngog and Gary Cahill would go on to seal a 2-1 victory for Bolton at Goodison Park and Howard admits he spoke to Bogdan after the game to offer his sympathy for the freak goal.

"I spoke to him just then and I let him know that I was feeling for him," Howard told Sky Sports.

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

"I was delighted that we were in the lead and would hopefully go on to get three points, but it's not a nice feeling for a keeper, it's really awful actually.

"For the back four and the goalkeepers at both ends, there was an awful wind swirling.

"You could see everybody was mistiming balls. Defenders were missing clearances that normally they would put up the field.

"I think the wind is the hardest condition to play in. Snow, rain, sun doesn't matter, but the wind really does play tricks on you."

Howard's goal makes him the fourth goalkeeper to score in the Premier League, following in the footsteps of Peter Schmeichel, Brad Freidel and Paul Robinson.

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