Irvine hails Cahill impact
Everton assistant Alan Irvine hailed Tim Cahill's predatory instincts after the win over Luton.
By Graeme Bailey
Last Updated: 01/11/07 10:51am
Everton assistant manager Alan Irvine hailed Tim Cahill's predatory instincts after he swooped to send The Toffees into the Carling Cup quarter-finals.
The Australian midfielder came off the bench to fire home in extra-time to guide Everton past League One Luton Town at Kenilworth Road.
Cahill only made his long-awaited comeback from a broken foot last week - but he has already found the net twice.
"Tim has a fantastic knack of being in the right place at the right time. Once the ball is in there, he is very composed in terms of his finishing," beamed Irvine.
"He's not fully match fit yet. That's why we have wanted to be a little bit careful with him. We think it will be a few weeks before he is fully fit.
"But he is always a danger with the way he can arrive from deep and at set-pieces, both with attacking them and defending them."
Everton were also boosted by the return of James Vaughan - who was making his comeback from a dislocated shoulder.
"It was very pleasing to see James Vaughan back. It looked like he was in a bit of a rush to be back but it was good for him to play," Irvine continued.
"He only joined in full training on Tuesday and was probably the only player out there who was glad for extra-time!"