FA Cup Cats win a career highlight: Cahill

by AAP on Mar 30, 2012

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Australian Tim Cahill says Everton's win over Sunderland to make the FA Cup semi-finals is a highlight of his career with the English club.

Under the guidance of manager David Moyes, Everton secured a semi-final berth at Wembley against Liverpool with a 2-0 victory on Tuesday over the Black Cats.

"I have enjoyed some great experiences with this club and this is up there with the best, because of what it means to the fans, the players and the club and where we want to take it," attacking midfielder Cahill has told reporters of the victory.

"In my career, I will be looking back to nights like this, because this changes the season. It changes everything."

One of Everton's main strikers, Cahill has struggled with form over the past year with a 13-month goal drought finally broken in January.

"At the start of the season, the reports were indifferent and there were a lot of people down about the football club," Cahill said.

"But we've had such a turnaround and, as I've said time and time again, the players love Everton and that's what has made a difference."

The Sydney-born Socceroo also praised the efforts of Moyes.

"Everyone can put figures on the table, but our manager has got the best record in the world when it comes to spending money and what he does for the club. As players, we have to make sure that money is well spent," he said.

"For Liverpool, who knows who the pressure is on? For us, we just concentrate on ourselves and see what happens."

For Cahill, the April 14 fixture with Liverpool will be the third time he's been bound for FA Cup success, having been on the losing side with Millwall in 2004 and with Everton three years ago.

"People say I've been unfortunate in my career, but this is the third time I've got to an FA Cup semi-final," Cahill told The Sun newspaper.

"But I said to a few of the lads in the dressing room after the (Sunderland) game to remember what this feels like.

"Let's not worry about tomorrow. Let's just focus on this because it's an amazing feeling."