Seb Larsson: How dropping into relegation places has helped Sunderland

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Larsson believes that Sunderland will now take a ‘nothing to lose’ attitude into their final games.

The Black Cats fell into the bottom three for the first time this season after a 1-1 draw with Stoke, and Larsson has told the Sunderland Echo that the Black Cats will benefit from their low placing.

The Swedish playmaker said: “Now, for the first time, we’ve dropped in [the relegation places], so let’s use that; let’s realise that we’ve got nothing to lose. We’ve got to win and get out. We can’t rely on other teams to lose, because if that happens, we’re down.”

This is certainly a good attitude for Sunderland to have for their remaining five games of the season, as it means they will play an ultra attacking game in an attempt to stay in the top flight.

This need to win points means scoring goals, and this is the mentality that head coach Dick Advocaat has been attempting to bring to the Stadium of Light since his arrival. The Dutchman plays a very attacking system, but it has appeared as if his players have yet to buy into that through fear of conceding.

Being happy to play for a point is not a good attitude to take, especially with one victory being worth three draws. The Black Cats could win just one game, losing all their others, and stay up. Whereas playing for draws in all their games could cost them points, and their top flight status.

Sunderland have nothing to lose, so they might as well go all out to win. Even if they do get relegated, at least they will go down fighting.

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