Seb Larsson on Everton, the relegation battle and why the first goal is so important for Sunderland

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Sunderland’s Premier League position is precarious but Seb Larsson is adamant the belief within the squad is strong that they will get out of trouble.

The Black Cats return to league action on Saturday afternoon when they take on Ronald Koeman’s Everton at Goodison Park.

David Moyes’ side prop up the rest of the table heading into the match but are only two points from safety.

And experienced Larsson, who has been involved in several successful relegation battles since joining the club in the summer of 2011, is confident Sunderland have what it takes to beat the drop.

The 31-year-old said: “It is a tough run of games coming up starting with Everton but looking back at previous seasons, at this stage of the season, strange things do happen.

“We have picked up many points in games where people may not have backed us very much - let’s believe it will happen again.

“The belief is there that we will sort this situation out and stay in the league.

“It will be tough and we realise where we are but we have been in worse positions.

“We won’t stop fighting until the end and we have sorted this situation out.”

Sunderland were thrashed 4-0 at home to Southampton last time out, a deflating result after the high of the victory over Crystal Palace by the same scoreline the week before.

Larsson added: “Southampton was a poor performance, especially after coming off such a good win.

“We were desperate for another good performance but we didn’t produce it.

“We started well and were on top but didn’t get the goal, when they got their first we didn’t handle it very well.

“If you look across all games that first goal is important, even more so for us.

“If we can get in front we are tough to break down but a few too many times when we have gone behind we have not been strong enough to turn it around.

“That is something we have to improve,” added Larsson, who was speaking to the club website.

Sunderland held an open training session at the Stadium of Light on Monday.

Larsson added: “As players we really appreciate the support, it was a good day.”