Everton boss Roberto Martinez is wary of Sunderland under new manager Sam Allardyce going into Sunday’s Premier League clash at Goodison Park.
Everton are in good spirits, following their midweek victory over Norwich, on penalties, to reach the Capital One Cup quarter-finals, while Sunderland are on a high after their first win of the season, 3-0 against Newcastle last weekend.
Martinez said of Allardyce at a press conference today: “We all know he gets his teams fired up and gets the best from his players.
“I can tell you it will be a good performance from his team. But it’s not about the managers it’s about the players.
“We had a really good feeling getting to the quarter-finals of the League Cup and we need to use that to our advantage.”
On Sunderland’s morale-boosting derby triumph, the Goodison chief added: “Winning the derby against Newcastle has given them a boost. They have been galvanised.
“Sunderland are clearly a team starting to understand a new way of playing.
“We want to get our feeling on Tuesday into the league.
“It has been a really demanding start to the season but we are looking forward to the next nine games.”