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Tim's Call For Brains And Brawn

Cahill says a bit of both will be needed to overcome Stoke.

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Tim Cahill says Everton will need both brains and brawn to overcome Stoke City at the Britannia Stadium on Tuesday night.

David Moyes' men travel to the Potteries looking to extend a run of form which has seen them suffer defeat just three times in their last 20 outings.

Stoke have proved victorious on each of the last two occasions the sides have met, however, and Cahill believes the Blues must get to grips with their opponents’ physical prowess to prevail.

But he is keen for the Toffees to continue to exhibit the sort of attractive football that has helped them rack up 12 goals in their last three league outings.

"I think it's hard to look forward to Stoke because physically they're very demanding and tactically, with their long throws and their set plays, it can be quite a grind," Cahill told evertontv. "Tony Pulis has done a great job with that team and obviously the players that they've got work really well together.

"There's a bit of a similarity with the group of players they've got and the closeness to Everton. And, for us, if we go to a place like that even at 90 per cent, it's not going to be enough. We really need to make sure that we stop them physically and then hopefully we play enough football to win the game."

Cahill also insists it is vital to come away with the three points if Everton are to hold off neighbours Liverpool in the battle for a top-seven finish.

At present two points separate the Blues from their city rivals with just three games remaining.

"I think after the heartache of the FA Cup it was just right that we focused on the league," said the 32-year-old midfielder. "To finish above Liverpool we have to be really determined and try to get the right results.

"We have to be on song because it's such a massive thing to finish above Liverpool and I think for the fans it would be a just reward for what we've been through this season."

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