American goalkeeper Tim Howard scores for Everton

Everton players run to congratulate goalkeeper Tim Howard, centre, after he scored their first goal during the British Premier League match against Bolton Wanderers at Goodison Park, Liverpool, England, Wednesday Jan. 4, 2012. (AP /PA, Peter Byrne)

LONDON – Tim Howard became the fourth goalkeeper to score in the Premier League when the American put in a wind-blown clearance for Everton during Wednesday night’s 2-1 loss against Bolton.

The American, playing his 250th club match in England, put Everton ahead in the 63rd minute at Goodison Park. His right-footed kick from about 5 yards inside his own penalty area bounced about 30 yards from the Bolton goal and was blown by the wind over leaping Bolton keeper Adam Bogdan, who was standing by his 6-yard box. Howard hardly reacted.

Bolton rallied on goals by David Ngog in the 67th and Gary Cahill in the 78th.

The only other goalkeepers to score in the Premier League are Peter Schmeichel, American Brad Friedel and Paul Robinson.

The game marked the return to Everton of American midfielder Landon Donovan.

Watch the video below of Howard scoring a goal from inside his team’s penalty area:

(Copyright 2012 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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