Cahill - Patience paid off

Toffees ace knew good form was just around the corner

Cahill: Maintained belief

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Tim Cahill admits he was confident that 'it was always going to be a matter of time' before Everton began to pick up results.

The Toffees have suffered from an unprecedented injury list this season with a whole host of first-team regulars sidelined with various problems.

The growing number of absentees inevitably began to have an effect on the pitch with the club flirting dangerously close to the drop zone around Christmas having embarked on a run of one win in 12.

However, with more players returning to full fitness David Moyes' men have recorded two wins in their last three games with the 2-0 victory against Manchester City on Saturday following the impressive 2-2 draw at Arsenal.

"We have been going through some difficult times in the past months and we have had to try and pull everything out of the locker and wait for the cavalry to come," Cahill told the Liverpool Daily Post.

"Performances like this are a massive reward for everyone, especially the staff. A lot of people were starting to doubt us in the troubled times.

"You try and play but things don't work, but regardless of that the players keep going. It was always going to be a matter of time to do what we have done.

No fluke

"The manager and players don't become bad overnight and it isn't a fluke what we have achieved in the past. The manager buys players he can trust."

Cahill admits the poor run hit the players hard with many feeling as if they were letting their manager down.

"We would run through brick walls for him and the poor run hurt us as much as it hurt him. We were letting him down. Even when you got knocks you play and that says something about the relationship here," he added.

"The patience of the club is something as well. The chairman (Bill Kenwright) is as big a supporter as any of the fans and he is one of the reasons I signed here.

"The relationship he has with the manager is an honest one. The patience shown is a credit to the board and I think it is a good lesson to other clubs because in the modern era of football it is hard for managers.

"They get the blame for everything, but it is the players who cross the line."