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Sunderland 'not good enough' admits Larsson

Larsson refused to make excuses for Sunderland's defeat. Credit: PA

Sebastian Larsson has told Sunderland they have only themselves to blame for an horrific capitulation against Stoke which plunged them deeper into relegation trouble.

On a day when victory would have lifted them out of the bottom three, the Black Cats handed the visitors a 3-0 lead at the Stadium of Light inside a disastrous 34 minutes to leave themselves with a mountain to climb and little chance of reaching the summit, eventually succumbing 3-1.

Asked for his assessment, Larsson told SAFSee: "Not good enough, it's as simple as that. You lose a home game when we thought we had a good chance of three points.

"We spoke again about having an opportunity to get out of the bottom three and we really slammed the door in our own faces early on and really handed Stoke the game.

"It was not good enough."

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Sunderland braced for Jordan Pickford injury update

Sunderland are awaiting news on Jordan Pickford's fitness after the in-form goalkeeper injured his knee on Boxing Day.

Pickford has impressed since becoming Sunderland's number one. Credit: PA

The 22-year-old has been in eye-catching form despite the Black Cats' struggles this season and any absence would be a major blow for manager David Moyes.

While Pickford completed the full 90 minutes of the 3-1 defeat at Manchester United he was in some discomfort after the match and was sent for scans.

On Wednesday morning the club were still awaiting the results and have yet to confirm if he will miss the New Year's Eve trip to Burnley.

While that is considered an important match, there are reports Pickford is facing an even longer spell on the sidelines.

Former Arsenal keeper Vito Mannone is standing by if required.

The Italian started the season as the side's number one but fractured his elbow in August, opening the door for Pickford to stake his claim in impressive fashion.

Pickford has become a full England squad member under Gareth Southgate and has been linked with big money bids in January.

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