'One of the best days ever' - Sebastian Larsson's Sunderland high

Sebastian Larsson considers Sunderland's dramatic derby victory over Newcastle United on Sunday to be the highlight of his Premier League career.

Sebastian Larsson has been a Premier League player for 10 years, making over 300 senior appearances.

It was, however, on Sunday that he achieved a career-high.

The Swedish midfielder, who has represented Arsenal, Birmingham City and Sunderland, was part of a dramatic Tyne-Wear derby at St James’ Park.

He has figured in such occasions before, and emerged victorious in them.

Larsson, though, says the feeling generated by Adam Johnson’s late winner on Tyneside will stay with him forever, with it impossible to replicate such emotion.

He said in the Daily Star on a contest which appeared to be heading for a hard-fought goalless draw until the 90th minute: "The way things have been going for us recently, missing so many chances, you start thinking ‘is this another one of those?’

"We had by far the better chances so towards the end, you do start to get nervous and we were scared of conceding. So when you get such a late winner, just the relief is something else. It's one of the best days I've ever had.

"I've played in seven of these derbies and been lucky enough to lose just the one but I will never forget the feeling that day. But hopefully, this one game will really kick us on and get us a few more wins."

Sunderland have now suffered just one defeat in their last eight Premier League fixtures.

Gus Poyet has shaped a solid side at the Stadium of Light, but he will be looking for more of the derby day heroics over the coming weeks.

The Black Cats would be considerably higher than 14th in the top-flight standings if they were able to turn more draws into wins, with 10 of their 17 games this season ending all square.

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