Larsson's Promise!

02 May 2013 07:15
Seb Larsson is adamant that Sunderland will approach their game with Stoke City better than they did against Villa on Monday.

Seb Larsson: "We got a right kick up the backside and there will be a real determination and hunger to put that right on Monday.

"We've watched the Villa game back and gone through it. It was painful to watch, but I think it needed to be after a performance like that.

"You've got to be really honest and tough towards yourself and as a team, because that second half was nowhere near what we'd produced in the weeks before.

"Once you set your standards and drop below them, it's not good enough."Since the manager came in, we've gone through all the games very thoroughly.

"But obviously there was a lot more negatives out of this one and it's not a nice feeling to sit and watch it. It hurts enough as it is, but you have to do it and let it hurt. You don't want to repeat that feeling.

"We've gone through it, spoken about it and we're very clear on what we have to do. But, as I've said before, it's one thing talking about it and another actually doing it."We gave away some very sloppy goals to say the least. We had 45 minutes where not only did we underperform massively, but the goals we conceded were ones you don't concede very often.

"It was a very bad spell, but, in a way, it might be a good thing for us. If you lose 2-1, you can still go away and say it was a decent performance.

"It's an understatement to say it was a massive disappointment. It's not what we expected or what we should have produced. But it's a wake-up call after two-and-a-half very good performances previous to that. We obviously have to look at ourselves and realise that it's not job done and we've got to do it on Monday."

Source: Sunderland-Mad