SUNDERLAND match-winner Seb Larsson was quick to point out that the Black Cats’ weekend victory over Manchester United was no fluke result.
The Wearsiders achieved their first victory at Old Trafford in almost half a century thanks to the Swede’s sweet strike on the half-hour.
But, despite having to defend for their lives at times, Larsson noted that it was far from a case of Sunderland turning up looking no higher than parking the bus.
“I suppose it was a good time for me to score,” he accepted after Sunderland had seen off a spell of sustained home pressure to claim a 1-0 win and end a 46-year wait for success away to Manchester United.
“We defended very well throughout the game and we knew we’d have to do that.
“But, towards the end, we had spells where we passed the ball nicely and hit the woodwork twice, so overall I think we deserved the win.”
Larsson thought that the the fresh legs and determination of substitutes Jozy Altidore, Emanuele Giaccherini and Liam Bridcutt were pivotal to seeing Sunderland through to victory.
“When you’re on a good run it makes it easy for the head coach; we’ve stuck with the same team and been able to stay fit,” said the former Birmingham City player.
“But in all the recent games we’ve seen the impact of substitutes and they’ve had an impact again today.
“The attitude’s been terrific and Giacchy was unlucky not to get on the scoresheet.”
Larsson did get on the scoresheet however – his first goal in 2014 and the first one he has scored at Old Trafford.
It was also his first league goal of the campaign, his only other strike coming in the Capital One Cup victory over Southampton in November.
“Goals have been way too far apart for me lately,” he admitted. “I’m used to scoring a lot more.”