Sunderland’s Larsson rues first Stadium of Light loss under O’Neill

Seb Larsson
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SEB Larsson insists FA Cup success against Arsenal will not necessarily compensate for the loss of Sunderland’s unbeaten home record under Martin O’Neill.

Thierry Henry’s stoppage-time winner condemned Sunderland to only a second defeat in 12 on Saturday as the Black Cats dropped a place to ninth in the Premier League table.

Next weekend’s return visit from the Gunners arguably holds more significance for Sunderland as they attempt to reach the quarter-finals of the FA Cup.

But given the way Sunderland have prided themselves on their resurgence under O’Neill, former Arsenal midfielder Larsson insists the Black Cats’ camp have been stung by a first Stadium of Light loss since November.

Larsson, told the Echo: “I would have liked to have won both games. Everyone was very quiet afterwards, very disappointed which we should be.

“I know in the cup, you have one chance and if you lose you’re out.

“But we’ve dropped down a place or two in the league and we don’t want to be doing that, we want to try to push on.

“It’s tough to lose games no matter the circumstances.

“We’ve got a lot of games left and we can do something good this season.

“We need to respond and pick ourselves up after a few days thinking about the game.