Premier League - Howard gaffe gifts Rovers win
Eurosport - Mon, 16 Aug 00:09:00 2010
Blackburn's goal was scored by Nikola Kalinic on 14 minutes after Howard, who had claimed a Morten Gamst Pedersen ball forward on the edge of his penalty area, then allowed the ball to slip from his grasp.
Blackburn should have been ahead after just two minutes, Kalinic heading into the path of Martin Olsson who found himself clean through on goal. As Howard came out to block the Swede lifted the ball over him, but also the bar.
Following Kalinic's grateful hooked finish from 18 yards it became a backs-to-the-wall effort, with Everton in control of the match.
Blackburn 1 Everton 0
But, to their credit, Blackburn defended well and their defence was never really troubled until stoppage time at the end of the game.
Indeed the home side should have wrapped it up inside the last 10 minutes, but they contrived to miss two good opportunities.
For Moyes and Howard it was an opening day to forget, but Sam Allardyce's team showed great resolve and will be buoyed by the start they have made to the new season.Mark Applin / Eurosport