Seb Larsson is dreaming of cup glory and believes Sunderland’s recent home form provides his team-mates with the perfect platform to do that.
The Black Cats welcome Burnley to the Stadium of Light on Saturday for their third round Emirates FA Cup tie.
With just one defeat on home soil in their previous five matches on Wearside, coming against Premier League leaders Chelsea, David Moyes' welcome a Clarets side this weekend looking to rewrite the script following last Saturday’s disappointing defeat at Turf Moor.
Speaking to safc.com, the Swede hailed the history behind the Emirates FA Cup and urged his team-mates to give Sunderland’s faithful something to cheer about.
“You know you are through the Christmas period when the FA Cup starts but it’s a great competition to be involved in,” he said.
“Your focus switches from the week-to-week pressure of the Premier League so we are looking forward to the game and hopefully we can put in a good performance.
“I suppose with any game you want to put in good performances.
“The plan is to progress and obviously against Burnley we had a very disappointing result only a few days ago so we want to try and put a better performance in this time.
“It was better, a point against Liverpool is always a good one – especially coming from behind twice – and we showed some good determination to hang in there to make sure we could get a point to build on.
“It’s so important to pick up points at home and we’ve said it all along we need to make it a tough place to come,” he continued.
“Recently it has been a tough place and we want that to continue with the atmosphere that was there on Monday.
“If we give the fans something to shout about then we know they are going to be right behind us in matches and that’s exactly what happened against Liverpool.
“We need to continue that and make sure teams don’t want to come to the Stadium of Light.”
Watch the full interview in the video above.