Cahill Thanks Fans
Midfielder says Everton have the most passionate supporters in the world.
Tim Cahill has thanked Everton fans for the role they played in the sensational FA Cup semi-final defeat of Manchester United.
The midfielder was initially distraught after missing the Blues' first penalty in a shootout they eventually edged 4-2 thanks to Tim Howard saves from Dimitar Berbatov and Rio Ferdinand.
And while Cahill remained apologetic for giving supporters a few anxious moments, he said their support ultimately made the difference on the day.
"When we pulled up, we knew what it was to play for Everton - we saw a sea of blue and white," Cahill told evertonTV.
"We have some of the most passionate fans in the world and for me, it is why you play. The atmosphere will be even better at the final.
"I am happy for the fans, the chairman, the gaffer, the staff, for everyone involved in the Club."
Describing the moments following his missed penalty, Cahill revealed he had felt compelled to put himself forward for the first kick, adding that it was typical of his Everton team-mates to rally and ensure his miss will quickly be forgotten.
"I missed the penalty but I felt I had to lead the team out there," he said. "I have been here a long time and I had to take responsibility and step up.
"When I smacked it I wanted the ball to get into the back of the net as soon as possible. It didn't go in but this team always get each other out of it.
"It is about taking the opportunity. Today, T-How (Tim Howard) was exceptional. He had an indifferent career at Man United and we were lucky enough to scoop him up.
"I am just so happy that we won, it's just amazing. It doesnt seem real."
Phil Jagielka netted the winning penalty to set up a May 30 final against Chelsea - a team managed by Cahill's former Australia coach Guus Hiddink.
Ironically, the two sides are set for a dress rehearsal when Everton travel to Stamford Bridge for a league meeting on Wednesday.
"This same team will probably play against Chelsea, regardless of any knocks," predicted Cahill
"We have all kicked on to a different level and we have proved we are going forward. Now we have to finish it off.
"I worked under Guus Hiddink for Australia and he's very clever. He'll be seeing a lot from this game (the semi-final). They need to win and so do we."