Everton goalkeeping legend Neville Southall backs Tim Howard on Twitter after penalty incident

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The USA keeper cleaned out Andre Ayew by reacting sluggishly to a John Stones backpass.

Everton were defeated by Swansea City in the Premier League earlier today in what was a poor display from The Toffees.

They were much improved in the second half of the game but the damage was already done with some woeful defending contributing to their downfall.

The first Swansea goal certainly highlighted that.

John Stones played a nonchalant backpass toward Tim Howard, who reacted with the gusto of a sloth, as Ande Ayew charged through to close down the USA stopper.

He clattered the Ghanaian forward and a penalty was subsequently converted by Gylfi Sigurdsson with aplomb.

One Everton goalkeeping legend however does not think Howard is at all to blame for the goal. Neville Southall sent out these tweets whilst watching the game:

The goalkeeper's union was out on this one.

Stones is certainly at fault, but Howard is his equal in that department. He was sluggish and rooted in reacting to the pass and that was punished by the fleet-footed Ayew.

Howard has come under criticism for his performances this season but he had recently put in a couple of good performances.

But this mishap will not help his lowering stock.

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