Sunderland told to remain creative

Sebastian Larsson, Sunderland midfielder

Sunderland’s new boss Paolo Di Canio has told his midfield men to remain positive in the remaining games of the season.

The flamboyant Italian wants his side to continue in their positive frame and not to become too obsessed with keeping the ball, but rather try and find defensive splitting passes.

Seb Larsson and Alfred N’Diaye have shone in Sunderland’s back-to-back wins against Everton and Newcastle, which has seen them pull away from relegation trouble in the Premier League and the boss is keen for them to continue in the same vein.

“I don’t like midfield players that touch 100 balls and don’t create anything,” said Di Canio.

“They never make mistakes and the statistics show they make 100 passes and 100 of them are good, but they are to the goalkeeper.

“I prefer to see my midfielders make 10 passes forward, seven mistakes, but three effective deliveries and then we’re going to score.

“The second goal at Newcastle came when Sebastian beat his opponent and then delivered it to Adam (Johnson) straightaway.”

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