Everton boss David Moyes is hoping a win at Sunderland on Monday will help reignite the Toffees' season after seeing his side slip to 16th in the league having failed to win their past three games.
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The Toffees endured an appalling start to the season and were bottom of the Premier League table on September 28, but a victory over Liverpool in the Merseyside derby helped inspire a mini-revival that also included a draw at Spurs and win at home to Stoke.
Moyes' side climbed to eighth after beating the Potters but draws against Blackpool and Bolton and a home reverse against Arsenal have seen them fall back down the standings.
And with Everton now just one point above the bottom three ahead of the game in hand at the Stadium of Light on Monday, Moyes is hopeful that a positive result will help ignite another resurgent run.
"I don't think we did great against Arsenal but we had been on a relatively good run,'' Moyes said. "I was disappointed with the results against Blackpool and Bolton, that we didn't take more points. I think that is where the disappointment has come.
"We'd have been better off winning one and losing one - we'd have got more points. I think the Arsenal game, we didn't quite reach the mark - but right up until the last minute we were close to getting back in the game.
"It says a lot that, from me especially, there is an expectancy that we can go and beat Arsenal now. It is amazing how things change over the years.''
Everton face a Sunderland side on a high after pulling off a shock win over leaders Chelsea last week. That result may have lost some of its gloss due to the champions' subsequent loss to Birmingham, but it remains one of the more surprising of the season.
Coming just a fortnight after the Wearsiders were humbled 5-1 by rivals Newcastle, it also represented a remarkable turnaround for Sunderland and their manager Steve Bruce - a fact recognised by Moyes.
"From the defeat they had at Newcastle, they have bounced back so well," Moyes said. "Steve looks as if he has dusted himself down and got them back together. They have certainly picked themselves up and got going again.''