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Cahill: Euro Fight Must Continue

Saturday's match-winner hopes to fire Blues above nearest rivals.

Cahill: Euro Fight Must Continue

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."

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. 

Bob MillwardTim is absolutely right, Europe is now a real possibility and to finish above Liverpool would be an added bonus. As Mr Moyes said, we are playing some exceptional football at the moment but we have let ourselves down by letting points disappear against the lower clubs. Otherwise we would have been pressing for a Champions League spot. Our main priority at the moment is to tell Spurs that Pienaar is NOT for sale. I think that we are the envy of all clubs in the Premier League with the super squad that we have. Just wait until next season when all of the lads are fit and raring to go. COYB!!! IMWT!!!

Monday 19th April 13:28 Report Comment

Mark ReidYou've the Yak to thank for that fight back. His attitude was excellent when he came on even when they got the second equaliser was getting the team going again. He looked determined that we were going to win it. The Yak, is back!

Monday 19th April 13:12 Report Comment

John CheeversI'm wondering how tempted he was to dive down low & get his head on it??? ;o)

Monday 19th April 10:07 Report Comment

anthony gavinend of season everton 7th and liverpool 8th that would be brillant. come on you blues!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Monday 19th April 10:01 Report Comment

alexis leungNow we have a fantastic squad. It will truly be a sin if we are not playing in Europe next season. It is "agonising" to see Villa playing poor games but still collecting points.

Monday 19th April 09:34 Report Comment

Yew Wah HewLet's end the season unbeaten, and see what happens! As long as our boys keep fighting, Europe is still a possibility. IMWT.

Monday 19th April 07:03 Report Comment

Adam HofmanCome on boys we can get to Europe, keep up the great form we're in and that 7th spots ours!!!

Monday 19th April 05:41 Report Comment

colin dolmanWELL SAID CAHILL MATE WE MUST FIGHT TO THE LAST GAME AND WE CAN DO THIS SO COME ON YOU BLUES AND LOOK OUT WE R ON THE WAY COME ON EVERTON IMWT

Sunday 18th April 19:13 Report Comment
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