Cahill - We must repay Moyes

Australian issues rallying cry to team-mates

Cahill: Determined

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Tim Cahill has called on his Everton team-mates to take the pressure off manager David Moyes by returning to top form.

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The Toffees were tipped to challenge for European qualification at the start of the season but have struggled to find any consistency.

They remain in the bottom half of the Premier League table, just three points clear of the relegation zone, with 12 matches left to be played.

Cahill insists that is enough time to secure a respectable finish closer to what they had targeted, and does not think Moyes should be criticised.

He feels the squad is so strong, with many experienced internationals, that it is the players who must take the flak.

And Australian midfielder Cahill is determined to lead a revival to repay Moyes for all his good work over the years.

"There are three months left in a massive season and I don't feel the alarm bells should be ringing out," he said ahead of Saturday's FA Cup tie against Chelsea.

"We should look at what we have got: great staff, great fans, great team and remember what we are good at, which is grafting with the best of them for every game rather than just chosen ones.

"As hard as it is for the players and the staff it must be especially difficult for the supporters to watch indifferent performances week in, week out."

Resurrected

Cahill, who was brought to Goodison Park from Millwall in 2004, is full of respect for Moyes and insists the manager still has the support of the dressing room.

He explained: "The hardest thing as a player is letting your manager down, the fans and then yourselves.

"There is no sense from me that the manager's message isn't getting across. He has helped make my career. He has helped make a lot of players' careers and we need to remember the good stuff, not just on the pitch but what he's done for us off it and repay that.

"You can mention whoever you want and he's helped them. Steven Pienaar was playing in the Champions League the other night, Joleon Lescott is playing for one of the biggest teams in the world, and they have a lot to thank this manager for.

"He resurrected their careers. A lot of us wouldn't be at Everton if it wasn't for the manager. Yes, we've done a bit ourselves but the guidance we received off him has been invaluable.

"I look around the dressing room and Johnny (Heitinga) played in the World Cup final, Mikel (Arteta) is one of the best players in the Premier League, Phil Neville has won six Premier League titles, there's (Marouane) Fellaini and a lot of other internationals in the team.

"I look around the team and see superstars and it is all about us finding each other again and making sure we remember how good we are and trust each other on the pitch again.

"It is not only Chelsea this weekend, but Sunderland next week and in training. There are a lot of players on new contracts with bright futures with Everton and we need to repay the manager, the chairman and the fans by showing that."