Tim Cahill told Goals on Sunday that Everton are moving in the right direction thanks to manager David Moyes.
Last Updated: 24/10/10 2:49pm
Everton are heading in the right direction thanks to the belief and trust David Moyes invests in his players, according to Tim Cahill.
The 5ft 10in Australian, who has nodded in 27 goals for the club since 2005/05, admitted that the Toffees had endured a difficult start to the campaign.
But after victory over Liverpool last week and a 1-1 draw against Tottenham on Saturday, Cahill told Goals on Sunday that he feels the only way is up.
"It was an awkward start (to the season)," he said, "but we tried to maintain our football and make sure that we were playing well and when we look back we look at the mistakes we made, individually and as a team, and then we try to work on it.
"The thing is sometimes you try your hardest and it doesn't happen; we kept knocking on the door and sooner or later it turned for us.
"We know the history of the club and we understand what it means to play for such a big club. We've all played in the Championship and I think we appreciate our position and still to this day playing in the Premier League week-in, week-out is pretty special."
Cahill paid a glowing tribute to manager Moyes, who first arrived at the club in 2002, for showing faith in him and giving him the chance to prove himself at the top level.
"He's been a big influence on my career, not just on the pitch but off it as well," said Cahill.
"Honesty is a big factor; when you played badly, you need to listen. Players don't like it. I've been on the receiving end quite a few times and I understand now that he only does it for our benefit.
"When I first met the gaffer and the chairman a while back I knew straight away about the club. The chairman is a supporter, he is someone who believes in the club. The manager said to me I'm going to give you your chances but I'm not going to guarantee you anything.
"That was all I wanted to hear, that I was going to get an opportunity and on the training pitch we work very hard and if you look at the lads that he's signed he trusts and believes in them.
"It's no coincidence that when a leader like Phil Neville is out we seem to struggle quite a lot because he is someone that everyone turns to for guidance, for his leadership, for when he talks; he's been there and done it.
"We don't spend a lot of money on signings but what he does spend is on players he really trusts and believes in and we try to portray that on the pitch for him."
Cahill's desire to win shines through in his spirited displays on the pitch, none more so when he is taking on some of the world's best defenders.
"People talk a lot about battles and playing with centre-backs but the main thing for me is it's all competition - doing it in the right manner and shaking their hand when you come off the pitch because I respect Nemanja Vidic a lot," he said.
"He is one of the best centre-backs in the world and when they get frustrated it's normally a compliment.
"When you play against Chelsea John Terry and especially Alex are very difficult players to play against. I have good battles against Jamie Carragher too with a bit of banter going on and a good laugh with Gary Neville."