London - Sunderland manager Sam Allardyce has urged his side
to heap misery on his Everton counterpart Roberto Martinez, just like they did last
season when they ran out 2-0 winners at Goodison Park.
Sunderland, who picked up their first Premier League win
against bitter rivals Newcastle United at the weekend, travel to Goodison Park
on Sunday to take on an Everton side sitting seven points above them in 11th
Everton have not won a league game for over a month and
could be without the services of defender Seamus Coleman, who has picked up a
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"Our job on Sunday is to make Roberto (Martinez) as
miserable as we did last season," Allardyce, whose side are third from
bottom in the table, told reporters at his pre-match news conference.
"We can't overshadow that we have to play better and we
have to do more. If we can't win we have to make sure we don't lose."
"We have to produce week by week and game by game. We
have to dig in and get results."
The manager acknowledged that he had a fight on his hands to
stave off relegation, but expected his team to take confidence from the win
"We have to meet it head on but we have to enjoy
ourselves. It can't be all doom and gloom -- it's our job to lift the
players," he said.
"We were delighted to win the derby but we hope it
gives us the confidence to go on from here. The hard work starts now."
The former West Ham United manager is sweating on the
fitness of injured quartet John O'Shea, Younes Kaboul, Ola Toivonen and Fabio
Borini, and will have to wait until the last minute to see if any of them can
"We may have to juggle around the team and the system
due to injuries and the way Everton play," Allardyce said.For
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