Last Updated: Thu, 19 Dec 2013 12:12
Sunderland midfielder Sebastian Larsson believes the side have the talent to win the Capital One Cup and survive in the Premier League.
The Sweden international suffered the ignominy of being relegated with Birmingham back in 2011 in the same season as they won the competition by beating Arsenal 2-1.
He is determined to make sure the same thing does not happen again with Sunderland after they knocked out Chelsea in the quarter-finals to set up a semi-final tie with Manchester United.
"It's just a poor excuse for going down. It can never be a bad thing to win a cup, or get as far as you can," he said.
"People say, 'You will have extra games' - but it's easy to play matches if you're winning them and much tougher if you're losing them. So the extra effort won't matter.
"When you beat a team like Chelsea there is no way it's ever going to be seen as a negative."
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