Sunderland midfielder shares squad’s mentality ahead of Newcastle clash

Sunderland face Newcastle United this weekend.

Sunderland midfielder Seb Larsson says his side believe they are now hard to beat as they look to pick up all three points in the upcoming derby clash with Newcastle United, Sunderland Echo reports.

The Tyne-Wear derby this weekend will represent arguably the biggest clash between the two for a number of years, what with Premier League status at stake for both teams.

Sunderland currently sit in 17th position in the Premier League table on 25 points, whereas Newcastle are two places below on 24 points with Norwich City sandwiched between them both.

A victory and three points would be massive for both teams, but beating Sunderland has been difficult for Newcastle of late and Larsson shares how his side now have belief in where they’re heading.

“It doesn’t always mean much if you’re playing well. Turning that into points is the major thing. But there is a belief there that we’re improving, that we’re difficult to beat again,” he added.

“That’s the way we have to be from now on in every game until the end of the season.”

Sunderland under Sam Allardyce have gradually improved as the season has gone on, and some could argue they deserve to have more points on the board after a string of good performances.

Last time out they drew 2-2 at Southampton heading in to the final minutes, whereas a 2-2 draw with Crystal Palace before that showed another side of their game as they can fight and scrap for points.

Newcastle know they have a difficult game ahead of them, and Rafa Benitez’s side have a desperately poor record against the Black Cats in recent years, a factor which may play on the players’ minds.

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