Seb Larsson

Larsson wants Stoke repeat

by Stuart Vose

Replicate last year’s blueprint, says ace.

Seb Larsson has called for a repeat of last season’s performance at Stoke when Sunderland head to the Potteries this weekend.

The Black Cats ran out 1-0 winners at the Britannia Stadium back in February in sub-zero conditions.

James McClean scored the only goal at a snow-bound Britannia to seal a league double over Tony Pulis’ side.

There’s little to choose between the two outfits going into this season’s rematch but Larsson says a repeat performance would go a long way towards the goal of a first away league win of the season.

“Of course it’s going to be a physical game and you know what you’re going to get down there,” Larsson said.

“You have to give Stoke a lot of respect for what they do; they’re good at it and we’ll need to be on our toes and play like we did last season at their place.

“If we do then we have a good chance of getting something from the game – if not, it will be a tough afternoon.”

Meanwhile Larsson says Sunderland must focus on sharpening their attacking instincts.

Martin O’Neill’s men have been solid defensively and are now looking to bring their considerable threats to bear at the other end.

“The Barclays Premier League is about taking chances and maybe we haven’t done that so far this season,” he said.

“If we can be a bit more clinical, like we were on that horrible day last year, then maybe we can get a similar result.

“We feel quite solid and hard to beat and break down. Now it’s about us focusing on the attacking part of the game.

“If we can get that right, we’ll be a tough team to get anything from.”