Sebastian Larsson says winner was redemption after spot-kick miss

(r-l) Sebastian Larsson, Titus Bramble and James McClean
Larsson (right) scored an injury time free kick to seal a 2-1 win against Blackburn

Sunderland's Sebastian Larsson has said his winner in the 2-1 defeat of Blackburn helped erase disappointment of last week's penalty miss at Wolves.

The 26-year-old struck an injury-time free-kick to seal the win, a week after the Sweden international spurned the spot-kick in a 2-1 reverse at Molineux.

Larsson told BBC Newcastle: "It was good to score, it's been a tough week.

"Wolves turned a game around that we should have won and when you miss a penalty you feel responsible."

The midfielder added: "It's the first time in a long while I've been happy coming off the pitch."

Victory at the Stadium of Light ended a five-game run without a win in the Premier League for the Wearsiders - and marked a successful first match in charge for new manager Martin O'Neill.

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O'Neill, 59, was appointed successor to Steve Bruce in the build-up to the Blackburn fixture and has made a positive early impression with Larsson.

"It takes a bit of time, we've only worked with him for less than a week," the Swede continued.

"It's tough but he's been saying he believes in us and he knows what we can do.

"He is trying to build our confidence, and the win will do the world of good for us, the fans and the manager."

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