Sunderland: Seb Larsson confident of handling pressure

Sebastian Larsson
Larsson was named the supporters' club player of the year for 2014-15

Sunderland midfielder Seb Larsson says they can cope with the pressure of staying in the Premier League.

The Black Cats won their past two games against Southampton and Everton to lift themselves out of the relegation zone with three games to go.

However fellow battlers Leicester at home are up next before trips to Arsenal and champions Chelsea.

"We know we can handle the pressure, and we're up for the fight," Larsson told BBC Newcastle.

"The game can't be much bigger than what they've been over the last two. We weren't expected to get much but we got six points from those games."

Swede Larsson, 29, picked up the supporters' club player of the year award in midweek.

He surpassed the club's record for most capped player as he picked up his 72nd appearance for his national side.

Yet the ex-Arsenal and Birmingham midfielder says any celebrations will have to wait until Sunderland have sealed their place in the Premier League.

"Then I can enjoy and reflect on the award," he said. "If things weren't to go well, it's just a total disappointment regardless of any award.

"I'm extremely grateful and honoured but right now all the focus is on this fight. If we stay up I will be very proud of it."