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Cahill: Euro Fight Must Continue

by Adam Clark @efc_adamclark

Tim Cahill says he doesn't care how the goals come as long as he can keep Everton's European charge alive.

The Australian tapped in the all-important last-minute winner in yesterday's 3-2 win at Blackburn after the Blues had twice been pegged back.

Cahill had scored his previous 11 goals - including two in Wednesday's 2-2 draw at Aston Villa - with his head.

His latest intervention with his feet kept Everton's chances of qualifying for continental competition intact though, and the midfielder warned there is plenty of fight left in David Moyes' men yet.

"I'm not bothered as long as the ball hits the back of the net," said Cahill. "I work hard in training with the manager and the players to get into positions where I can score with my head and I'm not going to stop now. It's something I've done all my life. But if they fall to my feet, they fall to my feet and I'm happy with that.

"We're always going to score goals because we've got a great strike force and we're playing well. I see we're very confident. We felt like we needed this win to push for Europe and as long as we're putting pressure on everyone else, they know what we're all about. I'm very confident we can push on again."

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A draw at Ewood Park would have left Everton's European dream hanging by a thread and they looked to be heading for a fourth successive stalemate after wondergoals from Steven Nzonzi and Jason Roberts cancelled out Mikel Arteta's early penalty and Yakubu's second-half header.

Cahill admits the agonising thought of letting another precious two points slip away at such a crucial stage of the campaign proved a motivation.

"We were gutted when they equalised the second time," he said. "It was disappointing because the momentum was with us and I thought we could control the game. But then we let in two 'worldy' strikes and all credit to them for that. But for us, for how hard we worked and the effort we put in, 2-2 didn't reflect the game.

"After Aston Villa and three draws in a row it was about picking ourselves up. We've had a lot of knocks and injuries and to be as bright as we were today was a credit to the staff and the players."

Subscribers can see interviews with Tim Cahill, Phil Neville and David Moyes on evertonTV now. 

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