Seb Larsson insists Sunderland believe they can avoid relegation from the Premier League despite extending their winless run at West Brom.
The Black Cats lost Sam Allardyce’s first game in charge at West Brom as Saido Berahino cashed in on Costel Pantilimon’s error to seal a 1-0 win.
It left them rooted in the relegation zone and winless in the Barclays Premier League this season ahead of next Sunday’s north-east derby with Newcastle.
But Larsson, one of three changes made by Allardyce, reckons the Black Cats squad can recover and launch another escape act.
“Straight after a defeat you’re extremely disappointed, especially after the way it turned out in this game, but the belief is definitely there within the squad,” he said.
“People are going to say we can’t wait too long and we can’t that’s true, but I’m sure we will turn it around.”
Allardyce was adamant referee Martin Atkinson should have awarded Sunderland a free-kick after Pantilimon dropped the ball under pressure from Berahino.
Billy Jones was denied by Boaz Myhill in the first half but it was the visitors’ only serious chance and they wilted once Berahino scored.
“We are very disappointed to be coming away from here with nothing,” Larsson told the club’s official website. “After our start to the season we wanted to be a bit more solid which I think we were and I don’t think we were in any trouble whatsoever up until the goal.
“Once again we’ve shot ourselves in the foot with a silly goal.”
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