Everton's Tim Cahill has shrugged off comments from Sam Allardyce regarding his style of play.
The Blackburn boss suggested ahead of Everton's visit to Ewood Park on Wednesday that Cahill was lucky to get away with some of his challenges.
He said the Australian was 'clever' but most of the time 'played the man before the ball'.
Cahill, who completed 90 minutes as the match finished goalless, has refused to get drawn into a row with a manager he admires.
He told Everton TV: "I take it as a compliment. Sam is a very good Premier League manager and he's where he is at because he's a legend in the game.
"So I respect his comments and I respect the team. It's nice of him to think of me."
Everton had few chances to score in a tight encounter at Blackburn but Cahill was satisfied with the result.
He said: "I think it's a good point. It's a very hard place to go. We knew before how difficult it would be.
"There's always a confidence. There was a confidence against Blackburn - although we knew it was going to be ugly. It's exciting thinking about what potential awaits us."
Cahill is now focusing on Everton's FA Cup quarter-final against Middlesbrough at Goodison Park on Sunday.
He said: "I'm excited about Sunday. It's a big opportunity for the football club and the players. We get a chance to see what level we can lift our bodies to."