SAFC v Spurs

‘Disappointed’ Larsson reflects

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by Stuart Vose

Swede rues second-half turnaround.

Seb Larsson cut a frustrated figure after seeing three home points evade Sunderland against Spurs.

The Black Cats took a first-half lead through John O’Shea, who knocked in his first goal for the club from close range.

However, Spurs replied with two goals in three minutes at the start of the second half as Carlos Cuellar headed into his own net before Aaron Lennon scored from close range.

We went in at half-time in front and then unfortunately we just threw that away in the second half

- Seb Larsson

And the double blast left Larsson disappointed that his side couldn’t take anything from the game.

“I thought we did exceptionally well in the first half and were in the same form as we had been in the Man City and Southampton games, really solid,” he added.

“We kept our shape and frustrated Tottenham, as well as looking dangerous on the counter-attack.

“We went in at half-time in front and then unfortunately we just threw that away in the second half. It’s a major disappointment.”

Sunderland have still averaged two points a game over the festive period, notching back-to-back 1-0 wins over Southampton and Manchester City.

But, nonetheless, the defeat to Spurs still rankles with Larsson, who added: “I feel it’s a game where we’ve thrown points away.

“I know Spurs are a good team, but we conceded two very poor goals. If we hadn’t done that we would have gone on to win the game.

“I don’t think Spurs had to work very hard to get their goals and that’s the disappointment from our side. Fair enough if they cut us open and score some brilliant goals but they didn’t do that.

“An own goal is unfortunate but we never should have conceded the second.”