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Larsson on wake-up call

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by Stuart Vose

Swede in determined mood pre-Stoke.

Seb Larsson has described the defeat at Aston Villa as a wake-up call and says his side need to ‘finish the job’.

Sunderland’s winning run came to a grinding halt last week as the Black Cats went down 6-1 at Villa Park following victories over Newcastle and Everton.

We have to look at ourselves and realise it’s not job done - we’ve got to go and do it

- Seb Larsson

“It’s a big wake-up call after the two, two and a half, very good performances previous to that,” Larsson said.

“We have to look at ourselves and realise it’s not job done - we’ve got to go and do it on Monday.

“It didn’t feel like there was any [complacency] but complacency is a funny thing sometimes – maybe a false sense of security crept in after the two wins.

“You never know, it’s one of those things that you don’t feel beforehand – it happens, it’s not an excuse because it shouldn’t happen.”

Meanwhile Larsson says the memory of the defeat will spur his side on as they face Stoke tonight looking to reach the 40-point mark.

“We know for sure that we’ve got it in our locker [bouncing back from defeat] and I can’t see any problem in us coming racing out of the blocks and being 100% ready for the game,” he explained.

“That doesn’t guarantee you anything in this league...but I can guarantee that we’re going to be well up for it and do everything we can to put that embarrassment behind us.”