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Sunderland's Larsson expecting tough gig at Wigan

Sunderland midfielder Seb Larsson is expecting a difficult encounter against Wigan Athletic tonight.

Despite beating league leaders Manchester City in their last outing, Larsson feels the Black Cats are in for a tough showing at the DW Stadium in their first fixture of 2012.

"Of course it would be, but at the same time, it's going to be an extremely tough game," said Larsson.

"(Against City) we did what we had to do and put in a good performance and got the three points, and that's what you need to do.

"Now we want to try to win that game as well. We have put some points on the board and we can relax a bit more and try to play with a bit more freedom.

"To be honest, it's a bit of a crazy schedule, especially with them [Wigan] having one day extra rest. It doesn't really make sense. But I suppose that made the result even more important because it took so much out of us.

"Most of the lads were on their knees in there and really tired and if we had lost the game right at the death, it would have been extremely tough to get yourself going again.

"But now we have got three points on the board and hopefully a bit of confidence, and we can go to Wigan with a little bit less pressure on our shoulders."

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