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Tim Howard

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Tim Howard

The only positive for Everton from their sterile 0-0 draw against 10-man Swansea was the fact that the result at least extended their unbeaten Premier League run to four games.

Roberto Martinez's men might have snatched victory with what would have been the final touch of the game as Samuel Eto'o delivered a dangerous ball but Romelu Lukaku could not make contact in front of goal.

The Swans survived the second-half dismissal of Jonjo Shelvey to hang on and further underline their presence at the top end of the Premier League.

Everton goalkeeper Tim Howard said: "I think we're all frustrated. It was a nothing game. There weren't many chances at either end. It was disappointing for us because we like to score lots of goals but we kept a clean sheet, which is a positive and a draw at home keeps us going.

"Of course we would have liked to have won but we have got two other big games this week (Lille in the Europa League on Thursday) and this keeps us ticking over."

Swansea defender Neil Taylor is not getting carried away with top six thoughts despite another well-earned point for the impressive Welsh side.

Overall, Garry Monk's side lacked their usual fluency in a drab affair at Goodison Park but they moderated their ambition after Shelvey's red card 18 minutes from time, when he impeded James McCarthy, to ensure they avoided defeat.

It said much for their defensive discipline under former centre-back Monk, who has attempted to add resilience to the free-flowing style that has become well established at the Liberty Stadium.

But any idea that the Swans can push for a place in Europe is something left-back Taylor is not ready to consider.

The Wales international said: "We are not thinking about anything like that. It's week by week."


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