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Ex-Everton keeper Southall at odds with boss Moyes over Howard treatment

Former Everton keeper Neville Southall is critical of Toffees boss David Moyes for not playing first choice custodian Tim Howard in the 2-1 Capital One Cup defeat at Leeds. The USA international was replaced by second choice stopper Jan Mucha, but he will return for Saturday's clash with Southampton.

"I hated missing games. I used to have a row with Colin Harvey and Howard Kendall if they ever wanted to leave me out, because you'd lose a bit of momentum. I liked to stay in the zone," explained Southall.

"When I looked at the game against Leeds on TV, I was looking to see if it was Tim playing, then thinking: 'Why have they left him out?' It's pointless. Outfield players I can understand, but once a goalkeeper gets in that groove you want to leave him in there.

"If you're No. 1, you're No. 1 and it's up to you to play yourself out of that position. I hated missing any game, even a Simod Cup tie against Millwall with 3,000 inside Goodison because I was looking forward to playing in a young team. I think Howard Kendall left me out because he didn't want to be in the competition anyway!"

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