Larsson says Sunderland video nasty was necessary

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SEB LARSSON says Sunderland’s squad needed to endure a video nasty in the aftermath of their Southampton humiliation.

Sunderland’s players sat down at the Academy of Light on Tuesday to sift through the footage of their miserable 8-0 rout at Southampton 72 hours earlier.

Midfielder Larsson admits re-running the performance wasn’t a pleasant experience, but believes it was required viewing to draw the harsh lessons from the chastening afternoon on the south coast.

“Obviously, there’s been a lot of honest conversations,” said Larsson when asked about life on the training ground in the wake of the loss.

“We had to go through the game, which wasn’t a pleasant thing, but I suppose that’s what you have to do when you come across a defeat like that.

“We’ve done that, analysed it and hopefully we’re going to make sure it never happens again.

“You have to go back and analyse things and we’ve seen the videos, seen all the goals.”

Larsson believes Sunderland’s players need to harbour a contrast of emotions as they look to bounce back against his former club Arsenal on Saturday.

On one hand, the Swedish international says Sunderland must brand the result as a one-off, but, on the other, they need to carry the humiliation from such a loss to respond in the right manner.

Larsson said: “You have to feel that pain and that embarrassment and, in a way, put it behind you, but also carry it with you and make sure you never feel it again.

“It’s a balancing act of how you deal with it.

“You obviously have to feel the pain at such an embarrassing defeat, but, at the same time, you can’t dwell on it for too long.

“The next game is coming up in a few days time so we’ve dealt with it, put it behind us and we’ve got to remind ourselves that there were a lot of positives earlier on in the season which we’ve got to pick back up.”

The remorse in the Sunderland dressing room was demonstrated earlier this week when the Black Cats squad agreed to reimburse the cost of admission to the 2,600 travelling supporters who had made the trip to St Mary’s.

And Larsson echoed the thoughts of skipper John O’Shea that Sunderland now need to move on from that gesture by providing a response on the pitch. “We decided it together as a squad and came to the conclusion that it was the right thing to do,” added the 29-year-old.

“We made the decision and that’s it.

“We’ve put it behind us and we’re looking forward to Saturday.”