But, at the moment, things could certainly be worse for the Black Cats. A 3-1 win at Crystal Palace relieved some pressure on boss Gus Poyet last week and, this time around, Sunderland were unlucky not to pick up maximum points once again.
“We know Seb's quality, we know what he brings to the team and we know how hard he works - but every now and then you need a good feeling and a prize to take home and I think he was ready to take the prize," Poyet told Sunderland's official website after the game.
“It [his free-kick] was difficult to stop and I think to do it [Tim] Howard has to move a little bit early and then maybe it comes into his sight. But it was great delivery and I think we deserved the goal at that time."
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As Opta stats show, Larsson did indeed impress even aside from his wonderful goal against Everton.
Liam Bridcutt completed the most passes for his side but Larsson, typically, landed the most crosses and also won a tackle and an interception.
Where the hard-working Swede shone most, though, was in the final third. Indeed, the 29-year-old created three chances for the Black Cats, the most out of any of his team-mates.
So how did Sunderland fans rate his performance? Well...
Larsson, again, was superb. Immense work rate, kept the ball well and finally getting one of his famous set pieces in the back of net. #SAFC— ShildonBlackCat (@ShildonBlackCat) November 9, 2014
Larsson was my MOTM *before* he scored... Bridcutt played well. Wickham weak link today and most days. #safc— Neil Chandler (@ChandlerDBA) November 9, 2014
Seb Larsson got my man of the match today, great overall performance 100% work rate, we finally got to see him score a free kick again #safc— Andrew Wright (@_safcandreww_) November 9, 2014
Disappointed not to take 3 points but thought we played confidently. Larsson played brilliantly today. #safc— Kirsten Reed (@KirstenReed71) November 9, 2014