Tim Howard conceded freak goal to goalkeeper Floyd Croll

Is this why Howard didn't celebrate Keeper was once victim of freak goal

No wonder Tim Howard didn't celebrate his amazing 80-yard freak goal at Goodison Park.

The American became only the fourth goalkeeper to score in the Barclays Premier League with his wind-assisted 63rd minute opening goal against Bolton on Wednesday night.

But as his team-mates mobbed him in celebration, Howard remained rather muted and later admitted he felt 'awful' after seeing his opposite number Adam Bodgan beaten in such bizarre circumstances.

Howard, however, did not add that he
suffered a similar fate himself in between the posts for Manchester
United's reserves some six years ago.

VIDEO: Howard is beaten by goalkeeper Floyd Croll's goal

Collector's item: Howard's long clearance bounces up and over Bogdan

Collector's item: Howard's long clearance bounces up and over Bogdan

Can you believe it The players race to celebrate with Howard after his memorable strike

Can you believe it The players race to celebrate with Howard after his memorable strike

Well done, pal: John Heitinga congratulates Howard on his strike

Well done, pal: John Heitinga congratulates Howard on his strike

Nightmare: Adam Bogdan can't believe has has been beaten by Howard

Nightmare: Adam Bogdan can't believe has has been beaten by Howard

The USA international was left
stunned as Wigan's then second-string keeper Floyd Croll had
Howard scrambling into the back of his net with an incredible Pat
Jennings-esque kick at Moss Lane in November 2005.

Croll, now plying his trade lower
down the football pyramid with Isthmian League outfit AFC Sudbury,
immediately took to Twitter to remind the 32-year-old of his freakish
feat.

'I have scored to haven't I Mr Howard #iownyoustill'

That might explain Howard's apologetic stance towards Bolton's Bogdan then…

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