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Capital One Cup Middlesbrough v Everton: Tim Howard is keeping fine says Roberto Martinez

By Carl Markham

Published 01/12/2015

BOURNEMOUTH, ENGLAND - NOVEMBER 28: Roberto Martinez Manager of Everton looks on prior to the Barclays Premier League match between A.F.C. Bournemouth and Everton at Vitality Stadium on November 28, 2015 in Bournemouth, England. (Photo by Steve Bardens/Getty Images)
BOURNEMOUTH, ENGLAND - NOVEMBER 28: Roberto Martinez Manager of Everton looks on prior to the Barclays Premier League match between A.F.C. Bournemouth and Everton at Vitality Stadium on November 28, 2015 in Bournemouth, England. (Photo by Steve Bardens/Getty Images)

Everton manager Roberto Martinez has given his backing to goalkeeper Tim Howard after more questions were asked about his consistency.

The United States international's positioning was criticised for Bournemouth's last-gasp equaliser in Saturday's 3-3 draw.

It is not the first time the 36-year-old has come under scrutiny this season, but Martinez has defended the American - although he will not play in tonights's Capital One Cup quarter-final at Middlesbrough as Spaniard Joel Robles will start, as he has done in previous rounds.

"Joel was man of the match in the previous round and he will start this match - that is something which has been planned," said the Everton manager.

"Since Tim came back into the side after the previous round he has been very consistent, performing with a real influence over the back four.

"The third goal was a real disappointment because it was the last kick of the game, but as a team we should have done a lot better, not relying on the goalkeeper.

"When someone has a free header in the box there has to be questions over the marking."

Robles has made just three appearances - all in this season's Capital One Cup - since February but Martinez maintains the 25-year-old is Howard's equal.

"Gone are the days when you have only one goalkeeper and then you are waiting for him to get injured or suspended," he added.

"You have to have two very good number ones who both can play different roles: Tim Howard is an incredible source of experience and someone who can give direction to young players.

"Joel has the potential to be a very special goalkeeper."

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