Sunderland’s Larsson hopes for change of luck in cup against Everton

Sunderland's Seb Larsson
Sunderland's Seb Larsson

SEB LARSSON hopes it’s third time lucky in the FA Cup after being knocked out at the quarter final stage in the last two years.

The Sunderland midfielder reached the final eight of the competition with Birmingham in 2010 and 2011 before the Blues crashed out against Portsmouth and Bolton respectively.

Larsson is looking for better against Everton on Saturday as Sunderland attempt to reach the semi-finals for the first time since 2004.

“I’ll have been in the quarter finals three years running and I’d just like to go one step further and get to Wembley with a win,” said Larsson, who was part of the Birmingham team that won at Goodison Park in the fourth round in 2010.

“Last year with Birmingham we didn’t really have the squad to cope so we couldn’t really put out the strongest possible team and we were punished on the day.

“But we’ve got a good squad here with people able to perform.

“It’s a one-off game, a cup game and if we put in a good performance we’re in with a shout. I think it’s an evenly matched tie.

“We know we’re more than capable of getting a good result, but we know you need to perform well or you don’t get anything at Goodison Park.”

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