SEB LARSSON insists the euphoria from Sunderland’s last-gasp victory against Manchester City success can ease weary legs at Wigan tonight.
Sunderland face their second game in a little over 48 hours at the DW Stadium, with boss Martin O’Neill restricted in his options of introducing fresh players to the side.
O’Neill was down to the bare bones against the league leaders on Sunday after Titus Bramble, Michael Turner, Phil Bardsley, Keiren Westwood and Kieran Richardson were ruled out through injury and illness.
Although the latter three have a chance of featuring against the third bottom Latics, the groin injury sustained by Wes Brown against City is likely to see the ex-Manchester United defender sidelined.
Larsson himself was visibly exhausted on New Year’s Day after only passing a fitness test on the morning of the game following a virus.
But after O’Neill’s threadbare side got the better of Roberto Mancini’s men, Larsson believes Sunderland can harness the momentum of victory to again make light of their absentees tonight.
Larsson told the Echo: “Wes had to go off against Sunday and obviously we’re a bit short on options at the moment.
“But that makes it so much more important to get the three points, otherwise, we would have been quite down with no option to change the team.
“It would have been tough going to Wigan, but now we’ve had a good run of results and put some distance between teams down there.
“Now we want to look up and go to Wigan and get some more points. You’ve just got to push yourself to see how far you can go.
“I didn’t think on New Year’s Eve that I would be able to play, but sometimes things work out and I was happy I played.”
Wigan will benefit from an extra 24 hours of recovery after drawing 2-2 at Stoke City on Saturday.
But while Roberto Martinez’s side remain under the cloud of relegation danger, Sunderland have at least forged some breathing space from the drop after moving three points clear of the bottom three.
Swedish international Larsson added: “To be honest, it’s a bit of a crazy schedule, especially with Wigan having one day extra rest. It doesn’t really make sense.
“But it makes the result on Sunday all the more important because it took so much out of us. Most of the lads were on their knees afterwards and really tired.
“If we had lost the game, it would have been extremely tough to get ourselves going again. But after putting three points on the board, hopefully we can go to Wigan with a little bit less pressure on our shoulders.
“It’s going to be an extremely tough game after Sunday.
“But we did what we had to do against City and now we need to go on and try to win at Wigan as well. We can relax a bit more after putting some points on the board and play with a bit more freedom.”