SEB Larsson got as much of a kick out of Sunderland’s impressive win over West Ham as he did by breaking his scoring duck.
The Swedish midfielder’s cracking left-foot drive from distance set up the Black Cats for a fine 3-0 success, the first goal of the season for the midfielder.
“It’s been a long time coming, and to be honest I’ve been disappointed that I haven’t been able to get on the scoresheet or actually get forward enough from the centre of midfield,” confessed Larsson.
“I caught the ball beautifully, and was just happy to see it go in – there hasn’t been many of them with my left foot, but it was a nice goal.”
Victory took Sunderland six points clear of the drop zone on a day when virtually all of the clubs below them picked up a point or more.
Larsson told Sunderland’s website: “I was delighted to score the goal, and it made it all the sweeter after we went on to get the three points comfortably.
“I thought we played really well.
“We counter attacked when we had to very well, and the defence was terrific today. I thought it was a great overall performance.”
Meanwhile, fit-again defender John O’Shea hailed the performance of striker Steven Fletcher, even though he did not get on the scoresheet against the Hammers.
“It was nice to see the goals spread around the team. That takes the pressure off Steven a little bit,” said the Irishman.
“Fletch did brilliantly against the big lads – he won so many headers, and worked his socks off.
“He nearly scored, and probably thinks he should have put the ball away before Johnson scored, but overall I think the whole team was great.”