Cahill hails Toffees' spirit
Tim Cahill believes you can not buy the sort of team spirit that David Moyes' Everton team possess.
By Richard Bailey
Last Updated: 02/10/09 2:18pm
Tim Cahill believes you can not buy the sort of team spirit that David Moyes' Everton side possess.
That spirit was evident in the 2-1 Europa League win over BATE Borisov in Belarus on Thursday when the Toffees were without nine first-teamers.
A late injury to Joseph Yobo meant Tony Hibbert partnered Sylvain Distin at centre-back while midfielder Dan Gosling filled in at right-back.
To Everton's credit they did not let the changes affect them and second-half goals from Marouane Fellaini and Cahill cancelled out Dzmitry Likhtarovich's stunning opener.
"You cannot buy what we've got here. We keep doing it year after year," the Australian midfielder said.
"We've had thin squads but we work together and come through adversity. We play really hard for this club and it is brilliant to be part of it.
"When injuries come up we just deal with it. Results like this are the pinnacle of what we do.
"This is the best squad I've ever played in and the most competitive as everyone is battling for places.
"So while we had a thin squad against BATE we still put out a decent team and one that was capable of getting a good result."
Cahill also had only positive words to say about Hibbert's performance on the night: "He is someone a lot of us look up to.
"He is under-rated but is one of the most important players in the club. We were solid with him and Sylvain at the back. He was exceptional."
Despite sitting pretty at the top of the group with maximum points from their two games Cahill stresses there is still a long way to go before qualification is secured.
"We are nowhere near being qualified yet but you can't ask for any more with two wins from two games," he added.
"Playing in Europe is massive for everyone. Personally I thrive in these games. Every year you give yourself a goal and a lot of players are thankful to be at this club.
"Though it might not have seemed the case, the start of the season was good for us. We knew we could only get better, so did the manager, and we are happy."