Roberto Martinez: 'Tim Howard is faultless for Everton'

Goalkeeper Tim Howard of Everton is congratulated by team mate Ross Barkley after saving a penalty during the Barclays Premier League match against Aston Villa on October 26, 2013
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Roberto Martinez heaps praise on Tim Howard for keeping his Everton spot away from Joel Robles.

Roberto Martinez has paid tribute to the "faultless" Tim Howard following his recent star performances for Everton.

The American goalkeeper pulled off a superb penalty save from Christian Benteke on Saturday which helped the Toffees earn a 2-0 victory against Aston Villa at Villa Park.

Martinez brought in Joel Robles from Wigan Athletic during the summer to provide competition for Howard, and the manager has shared his delight at his number one's response.

"Tim has been faultless since the start of the season," Martinez told the Liverpool Echo. "It is important in every position that you have good competition for places and have options.

"Joel Robles, who won the FA Cup last season, is going to bring that threat, but I thought Tim Howard showed on Saturday just what a magnificent moment of form he is enjoying. And what a magnificent goalkeeper he is.

"I can really say that I've not seen him do anything that has not been of the highest, highest level so I am really pleased in the competition we have in that position."

Everton host Tottenham Hotspur on Sunday in the Premier League.

Leon Osman of Everton celebrates after scoring his team's second goal during the Barclays Premier League match between Aston Villa and Everton at Villa Park on October 26, 2013
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