Belfast Telegraph

Cahill: Goal drought not a concern

Everton midfielder Tim Cahill insists he is not concerned about his current goal drought and is confident his scoring form will return.

The Australia international has not found the net for the Toffees since last December, and for a player who has scored his fair share of goals at club and international level - 65 in 251 appearances for Everton and 57 in 250 for Millwall - it has been a frustrating time.

However, Cahill, just turned 32, is determined to keep plugging away in search of that elusive breakthrough, telling Press Association Sport: "I feel good in games and the goal will come - if it doesn't then that's football."

He added: "That is the biggest test that is thrown at you. As long as I am contributing I don't always have to be the one that scores.

"If I am setting people up and I am making that one extra run or tackle it might make a difference. If I am not the one scoring then hopefully someone else is to make sure we win.

"What do you do? Do you stop playing football, do you stop going on the pitch? It is what you do. It is the best game in the world and something that I love and the fans know I give everything.

"That is life and I am a professional. I am blessed playing in one of the best leagues, on one of the biggest stages in the world, and if I wasn't consistent and not playing well it would be even harder but I feel fantastic."

Everton have endured a tough run of matches against Manchester City, Liverpool, Chelsea twice (once in the Carling Cup), Manchester United and surprise package Newcastle. But Cahill said coming up against top opposition had no bearing on how he approached the game.

"It doesn't matter whether you play Chelsea twice in two weeks, Liverpool, Man City, Man United, you are not going to not want to play because you haven't scored a goal," he added.

"They are the games you want to play in, whether you are playing defensively or you are attacking. When it (the goal) goes in you'll have to find something else to write about."


From Belfast Telegraph