Sebastian Larsson admits Sunderland's play isn't very fluent

Sunderland have formed the basis of their success on the strength of their defensive play.

Sebastian Larsson has told the Shields Gazette that Sunderland are working hard to become a more fluent side in training.

The Black Cats have improved of late, and they have picked up victories against Crystal Palace and Stoke City in their last two contests.

Sunderland’s wins in those fixtures have been formed on the basis of their defensive strength, but Larsson says the side are working hard to add entertainment to their play.

“We’ve got ourselves out of the relegation zone, although we’re by no means out of it," Larsson said. 

“Yes, we might not be that fluent as a team all the time, but we’re working on that.

“Hopefully we can put in another good performance and keep building that confidence, and see where it takes us.”

Sunderland boss Sam Allardyce is renowned for his ability to make teams organised, but he has faced criticism for failing to deliver excitement in previous jobs.

At West Ham United, Allardyce never won the fans over because he failed to play with a free-flowing style.

Sunderland fans have been far more supportive of Allardyce’s techniques during his time at the Stadium of Light, and if he keeps improving their results, there are likely to be few voices of discontent.

Allardyce has already managed to guide Sunderland out of the relegation zone, and they have been very impressive over recent weeks.

The Black Cats’ next assignment is a tricky one, though, as they travel to north London to face Arsenal at the weekend.

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