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by Matthew Gamble @efc_mattgamble

Tim Cahill wants to secure bragging rights over international teammate Mark Schwarzer when Fulham visit Everton on Sunday.

But more importantly, the Everton man is focussed on securing three points to ensure the Blues' European hopes remain alive.

If the Toffees win their remaining three games, they will finish on the same points tally that secured fifth spot last season.

"We can't lose any games," declared Cahill during an exclusive interview on evertontv.

"If we lose or draw it is over - that is the harsh reality of it. Sixty-three points last year got us to Europe and that is what we are aiming for."

Fulham also qualified for this season's Europa League and a fairytale run so far has seen them reach the semi-final stage.

Indeed, their visit to Goodison is sandwiched between twin clashes with German outfit Hamburg.

Cahill admits he's been impressed by the Cottagers' progress in recent seasons, paying particular tribute to compatriot and goalkeeper Schwarzer.

But the ex-Millwall man is in scintillating form in front of goal at present and he's hoping to extend that run this weekend.


Tim Cahill


"Fulham have been fantastic," he said. "I think a big part of their success has been their goalkeeper Schwarzer. Not only because he is Australian - but because of what he has brought to their team. He helps keep them solid.

"He is a great keeper and someone I always like to score against - if I do it will be brilliant. As long as we are both fit at the end of the season we will be buzzing.

"The manager has to take a lot of the credit. Since he came in he has steadied the ship and now they are kicking on."

Fulham's European travel engagements have been complicated by the air traffic chaos caused by the volcanic ash, and Roy Hodgson has already admitted that the league is now playing second fiddle to Europe in his list of priorities.

"We need to stick to our strenghts and try and beat them," said an unfazed Cahill. "It could be a positive but it could be a negative. If they win they will be on a high so we will need to be on our guard."

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