Borini's response when asked about Allardyce's meditation

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The Black Cats could secure their Premier League status tonight.

Quoted by Sky Sports, Sunderland striker Fabio Borini has backed manager Sam Allardyce's meditation techniques if they help him remain calm during the relegation battle.

The Black Cats sit on the brink of securing their Premier League safety, going into tonight's visit of Everton with the knowledge that a victory would not only see them survive, but it would also relegate North-East rivals Newcastle United and Norwich City.

Allardyce revealed last week (The Independent) that using Transcendental Meditation techniques has helped him retain a sense of calm amid the stress of trying to preserve the club's top-flight status.

Although Borini - who scored the second equaliser in Saturday's massive 3-2 home win over Chelsea - has his own methods, the Italian forward says "good for him" if Allardyce's alternative approach has yielded rewards.

"If he says it helps him, I can't say otherwise because I don't know that side obviously. I do my own job mentally and different stuff, but if it helps him to be calm then good for him," he said via Sky Sports.

With Everton winning one of their last 10 Premier League games - a 2-1 home win over Bournemouth - there appears to be a very good chance Sunderland will do the business tonight.

If they do, though, their fans will be hoping for a more stable season next term, having endured the rollercoaster of a relegation battle on a very regular basis in recent years.

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