PART OF THE JOB
Tim Cahill has revealed he went through the 'pain barrier' to play his part in helping cement Everton's fourth placed position in the Premiership.
The Blues midfielder, who looks set to finish the season as the club's top scorer, injured his back against Fulham and there were serious fears that he may not play again this season.
But the Australian went on an intensive short-term rehabilitation campaign that allowed manager David Moyes to name him in his side for the game against Newcastle United.
Cahill's influence was evident from the kick-off and it was his 10th goal of an impressive first top-flight campaign - along with David Weir's opener - that eventually ensured the Blues couldn't be caught in fourth.
The 25-year-old told evertonfc.com: "There are pain barriers and you have to play through them because you don't want to miss games like that.
"That is what playing at this level is all about and you want to play in the games. To be honest you forget the pain in your back as soon as you start playing."
Cahill, who was rested by Moyes for Wednesday's game at Arsenal, also admitted that he his 10th goal celebration for Everton wasn't far away from being a repeat of his first.
That was when he was sent-off at Manchester City for lifting his shirt above his head as he turned away from goal during the 1-0 victory.
He subsequently won support from various footballing figures
around the globe and the rule was then clarified to being that you
would only be punished if you removed your shirt.
But the excitement was so much for Cahill on Saturday, he said: "I can't describe what you go through when you score in the Premiership - I was on a yellow card against Newcastle and I even thought about taking my top off."