Larsson: We can’t complain over Everton draw

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SEB Larsson did not begrudge Everton a share of the spoils in a game where both sides had several near-misses.

Larsson’s superb free-kick had Sunderland ahead, but Leighton Baines levelled from the penalty spot in a 1-1 Stadium of Light draw.

“When you go 1-0 up in a tight game, you’re always going to be disappointed, especially when you concede a penalty,” said Larsson, now with the Sweden squad ahead of Saturday’s Euro 2016 qualifier in Montenegro.

“But, at the same time, when you look back, we can’t really have too many complaints that Everton came away with a point.

“It was a game that could have gone either way. When you are the team who go 1-0 up, you want to hang on, but it wasn’t to be this time.

“Everton are a very good side and at times we had to let them have the ball.

“That was the plan beforehand.

“They want you to come after them and then open up all the space in behind.

“We couldn’t afford to do that after our recent couple of weeks.

“We tried to be a bit more solid and go back to basics, and it worked.”

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