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Tim Cahill has spoken out on behalf of the Everton dressing room – giving his unequivocal backing to Bill Kenwright.

There were calls during a protest march staged by a group of supporters ahead of the 2-2 draw with Aston Villa on Saturday for the Everton Chairman to ‘let go if he loved the Club.’

However, once inside the stadium almost the entire 32,736 strong crowd signalled their support for Mr Kenwright with a round of warm applause after his image was broadcast on the big screens during the first half.

Cahill, who was back leading the Blues attack, insisted after the final whistle that he and his team-mates all shared the view of the majority of Goodison supporters. 

He said: "I think we all just want to prove that we back the Chairman. We really respect the people who have made us who we are today.  We back everyone at this football club, and without them we wouldn't be here.”

“We're really positive. We back everything that happens and we're here to make sure that we fight for this club. The boys today showed how much we care for this football club.”

Cahill does appreciate the frustrations of the group of supporters who opted to protest before the start of the Saturday’s game but believes that unification is a much more positive approach.

He added: "We know that they have their own opinions but it would be a lot better if we could just get on with it and work together and support everything that's going on because this is a club that everyone talks about - the good times and the bad times.

“Regardless of any situation we're here and we're up for it and we'll be here through the rough and the smooth."

Leon Osman and Leighton Baines had twice put Everton ahead but a stunning strike from Villa captain Stiliyan Petrov and a late header from Gabriel Agbonlahor denied them maximum points.

But Cahill believes the display proves that the Blues are definitely showing signs of progress.

"It's quite harsh, the way the game ended,” said Cahill.  “It seemed like every corner we took we looked like we were going to score and it was just so much more positive today from all the boys.

"We worked hard, we were positive, the fans were unbelievable and it's nice to try and prove to them that we're trying to move forward and we're trying to do the right things.

"This isn't a club that's in stagnation; this is a club that's making sure that we do the best for everyone."

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