Sunderland midfielder would take suspension for a win

Lee Cattermole
Lee Cattermole

LEE CATTERMOLE will gladly accept a game in the stands if Sunderland can get back to winning ways at Crystal Palace.

Black Cats midfielder Cattermole is walking a disciplinary tightrope after collecting a fourth yellow card of the season in last weekend’s defeat to Arsenal.

If Cattermole collects a fifth booking before the amnesty cut-off point of December 31, then he will receive a subsequent one-match suspension as punishment.

But the 27-year-old insists the possibility of an imminent ban hanging over him will not phase him at Selhurst Park on Monday night.

“It’s something I’ve thought about in the last week since the game,” said Cattermole.

“But it’s difficult now. You get yellow cards for nothing.

“If it comes, it comes.

“But my concern is the team. If I was to get booked on Monday night and we win, I’ll happily sit out one game.

“I might go 10 games without a booking you never know!”

Sunderland head to Palace with their confidence dinted by back-to-back defeats against Southampton and Arsenal, with both games characterised by costly individual mistakes.

Cattermole says Sunderland need to rediscover the resilience they showed in the early exchanges of the campaign, when they lost just one of the opening seven games.

“We’ve got to look to getting back to that hard team to beat which we were at the start of the season,” he said.

“We need to make people earn the win if they’re going to beat us.

“It’s important for us to go to Palace really focused and have a strong mindset.

“I’m confident with what we’ve got in the dressing room when you look around.

“Palace away is going to be exactly what it sounds like. A battle.

“I don’t think it’ll be the prettiest game for Sky, but we’ve got to go there and be solid and fight for every ball.

“Hopefully if we come away with a clean sheet, we’ll win the game.”

The nature of the 8-0 mauling at Southampton is the result which has cast a shadow over Sunderland, and it wasn’t helped by another couple of defensive howlers against the Gunners.

But Cattermole says Sunderland’s players have had to move on from the mauling on the south coast.

“There’s no explanation for a result like that,” added the former Middlesbrough man.

“I thought the manager handled it well.

“He came and said his piece and then came in on the Tuesday, when we all had chance to reflect and maybe find an explanation for it.

“We drew a line under it and I thought we got back to being a solid team against Arsenal.”