Sunderland’s Larsson delighted at breaking duck

Seb Larsson celebrates
Seb Larsson celebrates
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SEB LARSSON says it was “about time” he broke his duck for the campaign.

The Swedish international opened the scoring in Saturday’s comprehensive 3-0 victory over West Ham with a scorching left-footed drive from 25 yards out.

Larsson managed the best goals tally of his career last season, with his total of eight putting him joint top of Sunderland’s scoring charts.

But the 27-year-old admits he has been disappointed to wait until January to find the net for the first time this time around despite being switched from the right wing to a central role.

Larsson told the Echo: “It wasn’t a bad goal! But it was about time I scored.

“It’s been a long time coming and it’s one of those things I’ve been disappointed with.

“It’s not just scoring. I’ve not been getting forward enough and influencing the forward play from my new role.

“I’ve ended up a bit too deep too many times.

“I like to get forward and the last few weeks I’ve felt I’ve been getting there.

“It was a rarity with the left foot as well, but it’s one that I’ll remember.”

Larsson’s 12th minute strike sparked a dominant first half from the Black Cats, with the only concern at the interval that Martin O’Neill’s men were limited to a single-goal advantage.

But Adam Johnson doubled the cushion within two minutes of the re-start before James McClean added a third to secure Sunderland’s joint biggest victory of the season.

“We were very pleased with the first half performance and felt we were in control of the game,” added Larsson.

“But the manager reminded us we were in the same situation against Spurs a few weeks ago and within seven minutes, we were 2-1 down.

“We were determined not to let that happen and we could have scored more goals. That was very pleasing.

“We would have taken a 1-0 win, but it was nice to get a couple.

“Once we got in front, we really controlled the game and I think that was the most pleasing thing.

“We defended when we had to and used the space well.

“We got our quick, creative players on the ball in the right areas and looked dangerous a lot of times.”