Sebastian Larsson impressed by Sunderland's Tottenham Hotspur performance

The Sunderland midfielder thinks his side deserved more after defeat at White Hart Lane

Sunderland midfielder Sebastian Larsson was impressed by his sides’ performance despite defeat to Tottenham.

Sunderland were beaten by a late Christian Eriksen goal after the Swede had levelled following Jan Vertonghen’s early goal.

Despite the defeat, which now leaves them just a point away from the relegation zone, the midfielder thinks there were positives to take away from the game.

“I thought we did well, Spurs had a lot of the ball in the second half, but I didn’t think that we were holding on,” Larsson said to the club’s official website.

“They weren’t piling on the pressure and we were comfortable; it always felt like we could get something on the break.”

The former Birmingham man was also impressed with new forward Jermain Defoe’s contribution after he made his debut following his arrival from the MLS earlier in the week.

Defoe won the free-kick that the Swede converted for Sunderland’s equaliser, and then went close himself as he looked to score on his debut for his new side against his old club.

Manager Gus Poyet has also made it clear his side needs to score more in their battle against relegation, and that led to the Black Cats also converting to a new look 3-5-2 set up that saw Defoe partner Steven Fletcher upfront and Larsson feels that formation could be the future for the side.

“I think the new formation worked pretty well; obviously it takes a little bit of time to get used to but having the two guys up top will definitely cause teams trouble as we did today,” he said.

“I think we deserved a goal and maybe even the three points so the defeat is a hard one to take.”

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