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Cahill Thanks Fans

Midfielder says Everton have the most passionate supporters in the world.

Cahill Thanks Fans

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."

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Mike ReynoldsI've been a fan since I was 9, nearly 40 years. I live in the South West and started supporting 'cos I've got red hair like Alan Ball. I feel so proud of the club and everything it stands for. I 've been to Goodison a couple of times and feel at home with really friendly people. I cried when we won and am now, it's the joy of seeing hard working people at the club and on the terraces getting their dream come true. It's a great club and a marvellous team. God I hope we can beat Chelsea! COYB

Tuesday 21st April 06:32 Report Comment

William CabreraI cried when Jagielka scored that winning goal, I just am so proud to a loyal evertonian. Tim, you are just pure class, and a true blue. we ALL love you man, and moyes you are just the best. i cant ask for more. COYB LETS BEAT CHELSEA!!! WIN THE FA CUP!!!!!!!!!

Monday 20th April 23:56 Report Comment

Linda SweeneyMy Grandfather was a blue. One of the very first. From an Aussie Blue. Thanks guys! We had legends in the past and you are the legends of the future. Don't worry about missed penalties Tim. Everyone knows where your heart lies! I've seen the pride in your eyes in Aussie interviews whenever anyone mentions Everton. To Wembly! Everton Forever!

Monday 20th April 22:52 Report Comment

Nicole RivettI love ya TIM it dont matter that you missed like you said the team will always be there to support their fellow collegues in times like that. But hey it doesnt matter we won!! May i also point out that Jags, Piannar and Lescott were world class on sunday and they are ultimate heros to me!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Monday 20th April 22:44 Report Comment

Jules Blakemoresuperman wears tim howard pyjamas...

Monday 20th April 22:33 Report Comment

Martin TurnerTim, You should not be apologising to us, as at least you had the balls to go and take a penalty. You have also given more to this club than any player. You have been outstanding this season when asked to play in any of the positions you have. Your goals have saved us this season, and I bet you will score the winner in the final. Well done you blue kangaroo.

Monday 20th April 20:48 Report Comment

stuart evansTim doesnt matter you missed just keep practicing in training.nah m8 u are an everton legend keep your head up m8 and make up for it in the final.boys really proud of you,and was amazing to see all the everton fans pack out wembley,well done.COYB

Monday 20th April 20:31 Report Comment

matt searleyesterday such a proud day to be a blue amazing result new we could do it the whole team done everton fans proud.. were gunna ave a cup win no problem.....

Monday 20th April 20:11 Report Comment

Tim Cahil has no need to say sorry. I watched the game on telly and he did an interview before that made me swell with Evertonian pride. It says everything about the man that he feels he had to. Footballers earn a lot of money and some know how lucky they are, he is one of them. They asked him if he would ever consider playing for the RedS and he said 1000% NO, he had to much respect for Evertonians to do that.

Monday 20th April 19:12 Report Comment

Derek YatesTim if l've said this once I've said it a thousand times you are our DIAMOND and I love Ya. Now for Chelsea COYB you can do it. PS look forward to seeing you at Molineux next season.

Monday 20th April 19:02 Report Comment

john mckenziedid not play our best football bing on the chelsea

Monday 20th April 18:34 Report Comment

JAY ROBBOwhat a day to be a blue.id like to thank all the blues for the best following we were ther in are thousends.lrts go all the way now.big thanks to moyesy an the boys for makin me so proud to be a blue.....bring on the chelsea..................

Monday 20th April 17:46 Report Comment

Alan ScottTim, Alan Ball was arguably the greatest Evertonian to pull on a blue shirt. While he'll never be replaced, you're the closest we've had for a long time. You'll do for me mate.

Monday 20th April 17:23 Report Comment

chris mceneaneystill getting over it. just knew the lads could do it.we are destined to win the cup after beating liverpool and villa and have all the faith in the world that we will. COYB irish toffie

Monday 20th April 17:22 Report Comment

Peter WilliamsI wouldn't worry Tim, just take a leaf out of Jagz book. I was so happy to see him score the final pen, so beautifully after the heart break in the UEFA. We are now in the final so one missed pen is nothing

Monday 20th April 16:35 Report Comment

Thomas McCartentim you have no reason to apoligize whatsoever, your passion, & pride when wearing the blue of everton is enough for every evertonian. your goals & commitment is what truely makes this great club what it is, your are forever blue, well done, & put the miss out of your mind, you are a everton great.

Monday 20th April 16:31 Report Comment

Ryan ChapmanUnlucky Tim lad! I'm almost certain you'd get it right If we end up shooting penalties in the final!!

Monday 20th April 15:23 Report Comment

Dean HendersonNever been more proud to be a Toffee than when I heard the Blue half of Wembley raise the roof in the 2nd half. Well done the team and the fans who made the journey! Lets do it again in May

Monday 20th April 14:42 Report Comment

graham griffithsso proud well done lads

Monday 20th April 14:21 Report Comment

Terry Doyletimmy lad my heart sunk wen ur pen missed but jus to step up an even tke the first pen, respect lad, i cudnt have done it, just make sure you practice a bit more before the final tho haha wembley, wembley........

Monday 20th April 14:12 Report Comment

Joe HoldenCan I just say a MASSIVE thanks to all the fans, team and associates from everton for giving me the best day out EVER on Sunday, you could see how much we wanted it at 3pm, when most of our allocated area was full without a MU fan in sight, right through to the constant raw from our fans for the whole 2+1/2 hours of play... Put simply Everton is - the greatest manager, team, club and fans in the world. Bring on the Final, and some silver!!!

Monday 20th April 13:47 Report Comment

martyn browntim put that penalty behind you want you ave done 4 everton all these years is more to me and the fans you ave been outstanding ever since you ave put the everton shirt on keep it going tim your a legend in everton eyes.

Monday 20th April 13:02 Report Comment

Emyr JonesGreat result but overall a pretty poor performance. Thank god the back four were solid as usual. The boys will need to step up their performance if they expect anything against a full strength Chelsea side. Good to see Vaughan back on the pitch though. Hoping he can fire us past Villa into fifth place. COYB!

Monday 20th April 12:41 Report Comment

Angela QuantrellCahill you are a Legend a true credit to Everton the respect you show to the club isamazin we all love ya xx

Monday 20th April 12:18 Report Comment

david brownetim i totally agree with the comments of dave and graeme! you are one of the best players ever to put on a blue shirt and certainly on of th best i have seen in the last 41 years of watching the blues with your total commitment and passion and desire to win along with your hoesty yo wil always be held very very highly by all the supporters of this wonderful football club..your status as a legend is already established......long may it continue

Monday 20th April 12:07 Report Comment

Katie FlanaganNo one would have blamed cahill anyway, you av been great this season and we wouldnt be in the final if it wouldnt have bin for him. well done howard for saving the pens. great game cant wait for the final.

Monday 20th April 12:07 Report Comment

Phillip MasonTim, no need at all for apologies m8, it takes some guts to even take a pen in that situation, I feel sick just thinking of taking one!

Monday 20th April 11:57 Report Comment

Peter RyanWhat a day!!! Tim in these days of over paid and selfish 'stars' you along with the rest of the squad know what is most important at a club ,the fans ,because without us you have no club.I was at Wembley yesterday when our players walked the pitch and some climbed over the barriers to sign autographs and pose for photos for our fans contrast this with Utd they didn't even come onto the pitch pre match! Tim you showed us all where your heart is yesterday and your comment about doing it for the fans just enhances what we all think of you and the rest of our squad. Well done we are so proud to support you.

Monday 20th April 11:51 Report Comment

clinton walkerthis is why we all love our manager , players and our club COYB

Monday 20th April 11:27 Report Comment

clinton walkerHoward the HERO COYB!!!!

Monday 20th April 11:25 Report Comment

David BriscoeTim you are everything that is good about Everton Football Club at the moment. I think I can honestly say that even if we had lost the shoot-out 5-4 you would not be held in any less regard by any single Blue - we all love you!

Monday 20th April 11:22 Report Comment

GRAEME WHARTONNo need to apologise Tim, you have been our saviour so many times and if the ref had not got it wrong you where away from vidic to score and win the game without pens, IN MOYES WE TRUST.

Monday 20th April 11:20 Report Comment
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