Dean Ashton sends pleading message to Everton ahead of Sunderland clash

The striker's former club Norwich City will be relegated if the Black Cats beat the Toffees tonight.

Former Norwich City striker Dean Ashton has told talkSPORT, as quoted by the Chronicle, that he desperately hopes Everton's players are not already mentally on holiday in tonight's potential relegation-decider against Sunderland.

The Toffees have had another underwhelming season and their campaign was virtually over after their 2-1 FA Cup semi-final defeat to Manchester United at Wembley last month.

That, along with the club's general struggles for form this season, appears to have had a bearing on Roberto Martinez's side's recent results, with Everton having one just won and lost five of their last nine league matches.

However, although tonight's clash at the Stadium of Light does not have much true meaning for Everton, it will have huge repercussions for three teams at the bottom of the table.

If Sunderland continue their recent resurgence by beating the hapless visitors, it will confirm relegation to the Championship for Newcastle United and Ashton's old club Norwich.

The former England striker, who scored 18 goals in 46 appearances in a year at Carrow Road, told talkSPORT, as quoted by the Chronicle: "Let’s hope that Everton take their shorts out of the suitcase tonight. I really hope Norwich aren’t relegated tonight."

On the other hand, if Everton get a positive result this evening then the Canaries can ensure that they will still be alive heading into the last day of the season.

However, even if Sunderland were to lose to the Toffees, Norwich would realistically have to beat Watford at Carrow Road this evening to remain in with a chance of survival.

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