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Larsson admits battle at Birmingham

Sebastian Larsson has admitted that every game has seemed like a grind for Birmingham City this season - but the team were not complaining.

The midfielder, who recently won his first full cap for Sweden, said regardless of how tough the going was, Blues would always put in the required effort as a minimum.

Only five times this season has a Blues Premier League game been decided by a two-goal margin or more.

Usually it has been a tale of late goals, heroic rearguard actions or furious last quarter assaults to try to secure a point or points.

"We would love to be winning 3-0," Larsson told the Birmingham Mail,

"It is mentally and physically draining. But that's what it's like at this level for a team like ours.

"The determination to keep this club in the Premier League is there for all to see. It has been up and down and we know it's still going to be very tough. But the will is there.

"Coping with it, that's what we are prepared to do to stay in this league - and that's what we are going to have to do.

"Arsenal [for example] have more quality than we do, sure, but they still haven't beaten us this season.

"We showed the type of work rate against them, with 10 men, that we have to put in every week. And we are prepared to do it."

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