Larsson: Character a big positive

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by Oscar Chamberlain

Midfielder looks back after opening goalscoring account for 2014-15.

Seb Larsson praised Sunderland’s character following Saturday’s 2-2 draw against West Bromwich Albion.

The Black Cats opened the scoring through Lee Cattermole, but a Saido Berahino double either side of break had the Baggies bouncing towards a win.

You don’t find a player working harder or trying more than Lee, so whenever he scores everyone is extremely pleased for him

- Larsson on Cattermole

That was until Larsson slotted home an 85th-minute equaliser, to ensure Gus Poyet’s side left the Hawthorns with a point on the opening day of the new Barclays Premier League season.

Speaking post-match Larsson reflected on a hard-fought draw, hailing the character and response offered by the Black Cats after going 2-1 down.

“In the second half I thought we were much better, we were the better team and we tried to win the game.

“To concede a goal against the run of play was harsh but we showed character to come back and get the draw."

He continued: “This is a place where we have struggled for a long time, but now we are up and running and there were signs in the second half that we are not a bad team.

“We showed a bit of character and fight to get back into it.”

Fellow midfielder Cattermole opened the scoring early on, blasting a sensational strike into the top corner for his eighth career goal.

Larsson got on the scoresheet 80 minutes later, and he is hoping to score plenty more over the course of the season.

“Fair play to him because you don’t find a player working harder or trying more than Lee [Cattermole], so whenever he scores everyone is extremely pleased for him.

“My goal is probably one of those where you should finish with your left, but I managed to open up my right foot and slot it in.

“It was nice and it is obviously pleasing personally to get on the scoresheet early on in the season, it is what you want to do and now I want to get a few more than last season.”