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Don't Get Too Carried Away - We Are Not Safe Yet!

"I am sorry for continuously saying this but we must keep reminding ourselves, as I’m sure Sam Allardyce will have reminded his players, we are NOT safe yet", writes guest blogger Michael Bowers.

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Beating Chelsea despite their terrible season is a fantastic result, especially in the manner in which we did it, but all we’ve done is give ourselves an advantage in the battle to stay up.

We’re in a decent position in comparison to Norwich and Newcastle and it’s in our hands but, like I’ve said before, having a game in hand means nothing if we fail to take advantage of it.

I’ve seen a couple of people very confident of staying up now, and it’s hard to not be in good spirits after beating last season’s champions, but we mustn’t get ahead of ourselves.

Whatever their situation at the moment, Everton are still a very good team. They have the players to do some damage and we must be wary of their threat. It won’t be an easy game.

I think there will be a tense atmosphere at the Stadium of Light as well as some nervousness.

We have the opportunity to relegate Norwich, and especially, Newcastle. That alone should be enough to motivate the players to beat Everton.

But that’s also what kind of worries me. Norwich had the chance to go seven points clear of us when we went to Carrow Road. Newcastle really had the chance to potentially go four points clear of us at the weekend, assuming we’d lose to Chelsea and they beat Aston Villa.

One thing I will say which did encourage me against Chelsea was that we won after going behind not just once but twice. That was the first time this season we’ve won when we’ve conceded the first goal.

When was the last time we won back-to-back home league games? When we beat Cardiff City and then West Brom in 2014 when we did the great escape. What a time would it be to hopefully do that now.

One thing that is guaranteed is we will go into the last day of the season out of the bottom three but we’ll hope we can get survival before then. I’m keeping everything crossed - virtually of course.

Also Everton – we gave you your biggest win of the season back in November so could you return the favour and let us win so we stay up? Please.

I’m just praying to the absolute heavens we win our last home game of the season so we can go to Watford without the final day nerves.

To the Sunderland players - make sure you are on thirty-eight points come 10:00pm tomorrow night. It’s in your hands, so get yourselves over the line at the Stadium of Light in front of the home fans. Let’s push hard and get three points one last time this season.

Haway the Lads!