SEB LARSSON says Sunderland’s players have to look at themselves in the mirror after blowing the chance to create some breathing space with the relegation zone.
QPR’s run of 11 successive away defeats this season came to a halt at the Stadium of Light last night, as Sunderland slumped to a 2-0 defeat to fall to a precarious two points above the relegation zone.
Sunderland had been in a positive frame of mind after four points from the previous two Premier League outings, along with progression into the FA Cup fifth round.
But after a woeful opening 30 minutes, Sunderland’s upturn in fortunes came to an abrupt halt against managerless QPR, with midfielder Larsson admitting it’s a pattern he has seen too often during his three-and-a-half years at the Stadium of Light.
Larsson said: “You can never take anything for granted in this game and we’ve experienced that many times before.
“I think the most frustrating thing is we felt like we were on the up, we felt like we were moving in the right direction.
“It’s a game we shouldn’t have lost, but we did, so we can only blame ourselves.
“It was down to us players on the pitch and we didn’t do enough.
“I’ve been here long enough to know that we tend to do these things at times and we need to figure out why because it shouldn’t keep happening.”
Larsson conceded Sunderland’s abject start to the game was the root cause of the defeat, with Gus Poyet’s men repeatedly surrendering possession and barely emerging from their own half.
“We paid the price for a shocking start to the game,” added the Swedish international.
“For some reason we started the game poorly, conceded a sloppy goal.
“We got ourselves going somewhat towards the end of the first half, couldn’t get the equaliser and it was obviously a massive blow when they scored the second.
“We tried, huffed and puffed in the second half, but ultimately paid for a very poor start.
“If you’re going to have one of those nights when it won’t go in for you, you come away with a 0-0 and a point.”