Apr 12, 2014 at 3.07pm UK at ​Stadium of Light
Sunderland
0-1
Everton

Johnson (18'), Bardsley (54'), Larsson (88')
FT(HT: 0-0)
Brown (76')
Coleman (53'), Distin (90')

Tim Howard praises "scrappy" Everton

Everton goalkeeper Tim Howard praises the team's ability to "dig in" following Saturday's 1-0 victory over Sunderland.

Everton goalkeeper Tim Howard has praised the team's "scrappy" qualities following Saturday's 1-0 win over Sunderland.

An own goal from Wes Brown separated the teams at the Stadium of Light as the Toffees moved up to fourth place in the Premier League table.

While Everton have been credited for their slick style of football for much of the season, Howard is glad that the team still has the ability to grind out results.

"You don't mind it being a bit scrappy every now and then because you almost want the confirmation that we've got it in us," the American told the Liverpool Echo.

"We know we can play good football but we never want to get away from that Everton fighting spirit, that ability to dig in. Games like this remind us that's still in us which is important."

Everton's Premier League campaign continues on Wednesday night when they welcome Crystal Palace to Goodison Park.

Fabio Borini of Sunderland and Sylvain Distin of Everton compete for the ball during the Barclays Premier League match between Sunderland and Everton at Stadium of Light on April 12, 2014
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