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Thursday 17 August 2017

Larsson admits Sunderland not good enough after Stoke loss

Sebastian Larsson
Sebastian Larsson

Sebastian Larsson has told Sunderland they have only themselves to blame for an horrific capitulation against Stoke which plunged them deeper into relegation trouble.

On a day when victory would have lifted them out of the bottom three, the Black Cats handed the visitors a 3-0 lead at the Stadium of Light inside a disastrous 34 minutes to leave themselves with a mountain to climb and little chance of reaching the summit, eventually succumbing 3-1.

Asked for his assessment, Larsson said: "Not good enough, it's as simple as that. You lose a home game when we thought we had a good chance of three points.

"We spoke again about having an opportunity to get out of the bottom three and we really slammed the door in our own faces early on and really handed Stoke the game.

"It was not good enough."

Stoke were worthy winners. The home side slept as Xherdan Shaqiri floated a long cross-field ball into the run of Marko Arnautovic, who controlled it perfectly and after Vito Mannone had blocked his initial effort, thumped home the rebound to give the Potters a 15th-minute lead.

The Austria international doubled his tally within seven minutes. Mannone then hesitated when coming for Charlie Adam's cross and allowed Crouch to climb high above him and head his 99th Premier League goal and his 50th in a Stoke shirt.

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