Theatrical - the kindest word to describe this moment. Image from

My name is Earl: with Sunderland’s Sebastian Larsson

Theatrical - the kindest word to describe this moment. Image from

You know the kind of guy who does nothing but bad things and wonders why his life sucks?

Well that was me, every time something good happened to me, something bad was always waiting around the corner – Karma.

That’s when I realised I had to change.  My name is Sebastian.

Karma is a curious force and one which certainly doesn’t appear in football very often.

If it did, surely we’d see a lot more goals for the away team in the 10th minute of injury time at Old Trafford?  Or Stoke conceding goals from stupid long throw in’s more often?

So on the odd occasion when karma does rear its head in the modern game, it is a glorious sight to behold.

Karma was certainly in action at Molineux on Sunday, when Sunderland were leading 1-0 with just 18 minutes of the game remaining.  Sebastian Larsson darted in to the Wolves penalty area in the direction of Jody Craddock and tumbled theatrically to the floor.

The penalty was given, despite replays showing that contact was minimal.  Wolves players and supporters were furious.  Larsson dusted himself down, stepped up to take the penalty knowing that a second Sunderland goal would surely have left Wolves with a mountain too great to climb.

It was poorly struck and Wolves keeper Hennessey saved easily down to his right hand side.  Justice was done.  But karma wasn’t.

Karma can be a bitch

Hennessey released the ball and suddenly Wolves were on the counter attack and worked the ball out to the wide left position.  A cross was floated into the box and Stephen Fletcher rose to head home.  Within 30 seconds from almost being 2-0 down, Wolves were level at 1-1.

The momentum was then firmly with Wolves and it was no surprise when with 9 minutes remaining, Fletcher scored again to hand the Wanderers just their 4th league win of the campaign.

Karma can be brutal, and Sunderland could maybe feel aggrieved themselves as there was definitely a suspicion of handball by Jamie O’Hara in the build up to Wolves 2nd goal.

Hopefully this will serve as a lesson to all footballers out there who have dived or feigned injury to gain an advantage, that doing so can have devastating consequences.

Although Larsson was the villain this weekend, there are many more in every league across the country.

You might get away with it once, twice or maybe dozens of times.  But yesterday is pure proof, that eventually, karma will catch up with you.