Sebastian Larsson was delighted with his performance in Sunderland's victory over Newcastle United.

The Swede is desperate for the improvement of Sunday to run into next weekend.

Larsson said: "It was a bit of a funny system, kind of playing inside a bit but on the wing, but I thought it worked out quite nicely. I do like being out towards the wing. I like having two central midfielders next to me.

"Whether the manager thought he needed more experience or not I don't know. I was delighted to be involved. He's been quite frank about the competition for places, telling us to make sure we stay in the team. That is what I tried to do.

"It was three points but it was a big derby win and we enjoyed it on Sunday night - but the important thing is to make sure we kick on from here."

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