SEB Larsson says, for Sunderland’s derby victory over Newcastle to mean anything, the Black Cats have to perform against Everton tomorrow.
The Swedish international was as thrilled as anyone with his team’s 3-0 trouncing of Newcastle at St James’s Park last Sunday.
But he says that fans will get more pride from the result if it is the start of a decent run, rather than an isolated high point.
“To go nine games without a win was awful – it was not good enough, for whatever reason,” he reflected.
“The Newcastle win was one step in the right direction, a step towards putting that right – it has given us a massive boost, but we have to use that.
“It was a good performance, great win and three important points, but they will count for nothing if we don’t carry on from here.
“It is important that we make the Newcastle result the start of something rather than just an end in itself.
“And fans will feel better if we can follow up the Newcastle result with a good display against Everton.
“The Newcastle win was a great win and an important one, but that’s no use to us if we’re feeling flat after the Everton game – we have to use last week’s win and build on it.”
Larsson does believe, though, that Sunderland’s players will use the Newcastle result as a springboard, pointing out that confidence and morale could hardly have been given a bigger boost than the one provided by the Wearsiders’ biggest win over their fiercest rivals in more than three decades.
“As a one-off game, it is by far my best experience since I came to the club for obvious reasons – our fiercest rivals, away from home and the situation we were in,” smiled the 27-year-old midfielder.
“It’s a situation we are still in – in desperate need for points – but to be able to pull out that sort of performance was brilliant.
“It was massive for us to get three points and it has dragged a few teams back into it, which is nice because you don’t just want to be fighting a relegation battle against just one team to try to stay up.”