Crowd were key - Larsson

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by Stuart Vose

Winger reflects on big three points v City.

Seb Larsson admitted the Stadium of Light crowd helped his side over the line as they notched a key win at the expense of Manchester City.

Phil Bardsley’s goal sealed a 1-0 victory for Gus Poyet’s side, who have now won each of their last three games on Wearside.

We needed them [particularly] in the last ten minutes or so when the legs started going a little bit

- Larsson on fans' importance

Having taken the lead, Sunderland held firm at the back as they kept City at arm’s length despite an onslaught in the latter stages of the game.

“The crowd helped us, without a doubt,” he said. “We needed them [particularly] in the last ten minutes or so when the legs started going a little bit.

“We had a clear game plan and we defended well.”

The result means Sunderland have now beaten City at the Stadium of Light on each of the last four occasions, with the quartet of games all finishing 1-0.

Larsson, who has played in three of those matches, says the record is remarkable and admitted past work factored into his side’s mindset ahead of the game.

“They’re all one-off games so it’s a bit of a coincidence, but we reminded ourselves before kick-off that we’d done it before at home against them,” he said.

“The first-half performance really set us up and we showed real determination.

“We’ll take a big three points, especially before the international break, and try to push on when we get back.”