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http://www.evertonfc.com/news/archive/cahi...up-deja-vu.html

 

 

Tim Cahill has played - and scored - in an FA Cup semi-final before.

 

On that occasion, in 2004, his solitary goal against Sunderland was enough to book Millwall a fairytale final date with Manchester United.

 

The London side went on to lose that game, but for Cahill it was a fitting way to mark the end of one chapter in his career - and the start of another.

 

He moved from Millwall - then in the Championship - to Everton, where he has become one of the Premier League's most prolific attacking midfielders.

 

He believes those FA Cup experiences will stand him in good stead for this Sunday's clash with United.

 

"I have been there before and it was an amazing experience and hopefully I can have that experience again," he told evertonTV.

 

"It was something special because of the way we did it. It was pretty much a dream run and it's something that will probably never happen again.

 

"We had such a good camaraderie and team spirit and getting to the final against Manchester United and losing - we were just happy being there."

 

Cahill doesn't subscribe to the opinion that it's a good time to play Manchester United.

 

Instead he pointed to their vast resources and seemingly inexhaustible squad of players.

 

"They have overcome a lot of their hiccups," said the talismanic Aussie. "Everyone says it is a good time to play them, but at any stage of the year they are a hard team to play against.

 

"It is all about what we do. It's one game and in the 95 minutes anything can happen. Deep down inside, I believe we have a massive chance.

 

"That's the beauty of having a great manager who has been there for many years. The squad they have go is not something they have built over night. They spend money and they also nurture a lot of young talent.

 

"It is a credit to them that they found Federico Macheda and introduced him at this time, because I don't think many managers would do that."

 

While Macheda and company will be the undoubted favourites, Cahill points to Everton's run in the competition so far as a source for optimism.

 

He also reflected on the two league meetings between the sides this term; a 1-1 draw and a 1-0 defeat for the Blues.

 

"We have beaten some big teams and you can't take that away from us," he declared. "We have had it hard so far so why not have it continue against Manchester United.

 

"It has only been the odd goal between the sides but it's been a case of so close but so far away. It can't be like that this time, we have to be disciplined and apply ourselves for the full 90 minutes.

 

"We need to try and score goals and not just stop them. We have got a momentum of good football and great passing play. Goals are coming from all over and the defence is solid."

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