Seb Larsson: Sunderland 'back to how we should be'

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Sunderland were rewarded with a well-earned point after Sunday’s 1-1 draw with Everton.

Larsson opened the scoring for the Black Cats, netting a free-kick after 67 minutes to give Sunderland the lead at the Stadium of Light.

However, their lead lasted just under 10 minutes, before Leighton Baines levelled the game from the penalty spot. Connor Wickham fouled Seamus Coleman, and England international Baines made no mistake from 12-yards out.

Despite the Toffees mediocre league placement this term, for Sunderland to claim a 1-1 draw represents a step forward, especially considering their run of recent results which saw 10 goals conceded in just two games with Southampton and Arsenal. They clinched a 3-1 victory at Crystal Palace last week, and this weekend’s draw has moved the North Eastern side onto 13 points - just one behind Tottenham and Liverpool.

Gus Poyet has over come a host of injuries to lead his side back to some stability, and goalscorer Larsson believes that the club are back to the level they should be playing at, with some bad luck all that is stopping the Black Cats from winning the game.

Speaking to the Chronicle, the 29-year-old said: “Performance-wise, though, I think that was back to how we should be.

“If we had been a bit more clinical, or had a bit of luck at the end, we could have won.

“But we’ll keep fighting and show the spirit we have in the last week or so and we should be OK.”

Poyet’s cause has not been helped in recent weeks, with Patrick van Aanholt set to miss three months of Premier League action after dislocating his shoulder in the victory over Crystal Palace. The Uruguayan coach is down to the bare bones of his squad, resulting in academy players working with the first-team squad, making the point gained against Everton all the more impressive. If the Black Cats continue to put in high-level performances when their squad has returned to full-strength, there is no doubting that the club are well set for Premier League survival.

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