Sunderland midfielder Sebastian Larsson has rejected claims that the club could face a fight to stay in the Premier League.
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Sunderland have won only one of their last 17 matches, and so far this season have managed only 13 shots on target in the league. But Larsson is adamant the team will turn their season around.
"I'm not thinking of a relegation battle," Larsson told the Sunderland Echo. "There's too many good players here for that. We've just got to focus on turning things around and head up that league."
"It's there for everyone to see that confidence is not sky high in front of goal and it won't be after not scoring that many. What are you going to do about it? You just keep working hard and wait to get a couple of goals and a couple of wins.
"Then things will turn around very quickly. You can lose confidence very quickly, but you can also pick it up very quickly."
The Black Cats have struggled to secure wins this season - but perhaps more worryingly is their frugality in the opposition's penalty box, with only Steven Fletcher having scored a Premier League goal.
Larsson believes that nerves have often inhibited his side's creativity, something Martin O'Neill has looked to address.
"We get a bit tentative and a bit nervous and we end up not creating anything at all," Larsson explained. "That's what the manager has been speaking to us about, to try to play with more freedom and not worry so much.
"That's where we need to get to. We've definitely got the players to create things and score a lot more goals, but we're not doing it at the moment.
"It's one thing talking about it, but we've got to show it on the pitch. Obviously, in the last week with two very disappointing defeats, that's on everyone's mind at the moment. We're well aware that we haven't lived up to expectations yet, but hopefully we can turn that around very soon."