Sam Allardyce has insisted that he will not be afraid of making changes for Sunderland's crucial clash with Everton on Wednesday if he feels that any members of his squad will be unable to repeat their performance from their weekend win over Chelsea, the Sunderland Echo reports.
The Black Cats twice came from behind to seal a huge 3-2 win that lifted them out of the bottom three and meant that victory against the Toffees would confirm their survival.
But ahead of the game, Allardyce suggested that his selection would be influenced by the condition of his players following the dramatic win over the Blues.
"If any player has not recovered from a fatigue point of view, after we've beaten Chelsea by the best physical output this season, that's my starting point," he told the Echo.
"If there's anyone that we think is not capable of getting to that, then putting someone in that is, is going to be one of the key selection processes."
Considering the way that the game played out at the Stadium of Light on Saturday, it would hardly be a surprise if some of the players in the side were drained both mentally and physically. The wild celebrations that were sparked by Jermain Defoe's winner highlighted just how much effort everyone had put in to turn the game around.
And while Allardyce has claimed that his selection will depend on how the players are shaping up in the build-up, he will be reminding many of them that they only need one more similar performance to ensure that they guarantee their survival on the penultimate day of the season for the third consecutive year.