Everton boss David Moyes is impressed by how quickly Steve Bruce has revived Sunderland's campaign - but must now stop them in their tracks again.
The mood on Wearside plummeted last month as the Black Cats crashed to a humiliating 5-1 defeat at the hands of arch-rivals Newcastle.
But far from dwelling on the embarrassment, Sunderland have hit back with a three-game unbeaten run culminating in last week's stunning 3-0 defeat of Barclays Premier League leaders Chelsea.
"That was a great result for Sunderland," said Moyes, who takes his side to the Stadium of Light on Monday. "After the Newcastle game I think a lot of people were ridiculing them and putting them down, but there is only one way back and that is to go out and do it on the field. Steve has turned them around very quickly.
"But I don't think they were ever a bad team. They had a bad result against Newcastle but they made sure they put that right. As a manager you now want a similar performance - but we don't want them to have a similar performance.
"We need to go there and be hard to play against and cause them problems. I am sure Steve will probably be thinking if he could get more of the same from his team that is all he could ask."