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Returning Cahill ready to change Everton fortunes

Tim Cahill is back at Everton after a month in Qatar for the Asian Cup with the Australian national team and is ready to fire. The 31-year old, who has netted 9 of 28 goals for the Toffees this season, has urged his teammates to knuckle down and produce more for his beloved club who are sitting in lowly position of 15th on the Premier League table.

Everton have mixed their form in recent outings without Cahill, beating Tottenham in the league and Scunthorpe United in the FA Cup, before drawing three consecutive times (Liverpool and West Ham in the league and Chelsea in the FA). They then gave up a one-goal lead to lose to Arsenal midweek and Cahill wants that form to pick up for the business end of the season.

"It is all about getting out there and doing what we do best. It is what we have built our reputation on - the players working for each other. There is so much to play for and I feel we have so much more to give," he told evertontv.

"It is a fantastic club with great players and the thing here is that every player gets a chance. Our success has always been because of the team and never just one player.

"The biggest thing for us is that some of our performances have been great. You think you'd prefer to win ugly, but if we keep playing good football the results will come. Once we get into the habit of winning again we will climb the table.

"This team is too good to be involved in the (relegation) mixer but it is time for us to start showing it."

After a few little nagging injuries at the Asian Cup, Cahill will be back for the Toffees when they host Blackpool at Goodison Park on Saturday (Sunday 2:00am AEDT) and admits it will be nice to share the scoring load with the likes of Louis Saha and Jermaine Beckford who have been in form during his absence.

"Louis is an exceptional player who has scored goals his whole career. Sometimes it is a case of needing that first one to come - and now it has he has carried on scoring. Jermaine Beckford has shown he is a goalscorer and I said from the outset his ability in training has been first class," he added.

"It is great the lads have been scoring, and if the team stays the same and I have to work my way back into the team - as every player has to - then that is fine.

"When you have the pressure of people thinking you're the only player scoring it makes it harder for the other players so it is great the goals have been coming from other players.

"I know I have niggles and knocks. It is always going to be like that after playing in a tournament but all being well I will be available on Saturday.

"But even if I'm not, it's about the team and what the team can give together. The best thing about this football club is our togetherness - we are not a group of individuals. We are a team."

Andrew Slevison
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