Seb Larsson

Larsson looking for away boost

by Stuart Vose

Midfielder: 'If we can reach our high levels we have a chance'.

Seb Larsson says Sunderland must focus only on themselves ahead of the clash with West Brom.

The Black Cats are back in Barclays Premier League action this weekend and head to The Hawthorns to face a Baggies side who notched a fine 2-0 win at Liverpool in their last outing.

Larsson, who is hoping to return to the starting line-up having appeared off the bench against Arsenal, says the Midlands club have established themselves as formidable opponents.

But he says the Black Cats are fully capable of a positive result if they put in a performance to match.

“It’s not an easy place to go – I’ve won and lost there and of course remember last season’s game [4-0 defeat] very well,” he explained.

“Like most of the season, it’s about what we do. If we reach the levels we’re capable of, we will perform well in the game.

“West Brom had a terrific first half of the season and they’re a good side who are strong at home.

“If we can reach our high levels we have a chance, if not we’re in for a tough afternoon.”

Sunderland head into the final 12 games of the season with 29 points to their name from 26 fixtures played.

The previous three games have seen a draw with Swansea before a pair of narrow defeats to Reading and Arsenal.

That sequence of results followed consecutive league wins over Wigan and West Ham, with Sunderland scoring three goals in each game.

Larsson feels his side possibly deserved more from their last outing but says there’s little point in looking back on what might have been.

“I don’t think we deserved anything more than we got from the Swansea game,” he said.

“Reading? Performance-wise, probably not but it was a game which could have gone either way.

“Yes, we probably deserved more from the Arsenal game but there’s no real point in looking at that.

“It evens itself out over the season and you get what you deserve in the end.”