Sunderland must be ready for an Everton side eager to make amends when the two teams meet in the Premier League, Sam Allardyce says.
Sam Allardyce expects Everton to generate a sturdy reaction after they travel to play his Sunderland side in the Premier League on Wednesday.
Sunderland's entertaining 3-2 victory over Chelsea on Saturday, combined with Newcastle United's draw at Aston Villa and Norwich City's loss to Manchester United, has put them around the brink of security.
The Black Cats are a single point clear of Newcastle possessing played a game fewer than their north-east rivals, though Norwich are 4 points behind and, like Allardyce's men, have two games left to play.
A victory more than Everton would hence seal survival for Sunderland, that have only lost one of their last nine top-flight fixtures.
It could be an ideal time for you to play Everton just after their miserable 3-1 defeat at champions Leicester City final time out left them 12th inside the standings with only one particular win from nine games.
However, Allardyce isn't taking something for granted and will know Sunderland have won only once in their last 10 household league meetings with Everton, who also beat them 6-2 in November's reverse fixture at Goodison Park.
"Everton happen to be criticised and I feel there is going to be a reaction from Roberto Martinez and also the players," Allardyce said at his pre-match media conference.
"There might be an instinctive response from Everton so it really is by no signifies a foregone conclusion and I hope folks never think that because it will be something but. They'll attempt their very best to spoil our evening.
"If we can safe a different victory we are secure inside the Premier League with one game to go, so it is clearly essential for us to give as very good a functionality as we did against Chelsea.
"Everybody has been relaxed and enjoyed their day off, but now we've got to focus on Wednesday's significant game against Everton. We choose to give another outstanding overall performance."
Martinez's job is reportedly below threat at Everton with supporters turning against him and he is desperate to determine a turnaround ahead of the finish of the season.
"There is usually a lot riding on the game for us right after the functionality we had at Leicester," the Spaniard said.