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Howard seeks derby edge for Everton

Tim Howard

Goalkeeper Tim Howard believes Everton's greater collective experience of Merseyside derbies could work in their favour this weekend.

The United States international will play in his 13th match against Liverpool on Saturday at Goodison Park. He is one of a number within the squad who have a wealth of games against the Reds.

Howard told evertontv: "If you play passionately for a long period of time you start to become part of the fabric of the club just like the fans are and the way the homegrown players are. It's not easy to do that and maybe we're not even there yet but you start to feel it little by little."

By contrast, there could be as many as four derby debutants in Kenny Dalglish's side, while the likes of Luis Suarez and Andy Carroll have played only in February's 2-2 draw.

Meanwhile, Everton defender Shane Duffy is set to extend his loan spell at npower League One Scunthorpe for a second month.

"I've spoken to Shane and he is benefiting from playing in someone's first team," Scunthorpe manager Alan Knill is quoted as saying on evertonfc.com.

"It's better he plays in a competitive team that is playing quite well rather than the reserves.

"That's what they sent him to us for, to learn, and that's what he's doing. I think he's getting better."