LEE Cattermole says in-form West Brom won’t catch Sunderland napping at the Stadium of Light this weekend.
The Baggies have been the surprise package of the Premier League this season and arrive on Wearside in a Champions League spot with almost a third of the season gone.
But the Sunderland skipper says that fact will only concentrate the minds of a squad desperate to pull off back-to-back wins for the first time this season.
“I don’t mind if West Brom have been in great form recently,” Cattermole revealed to the Gazette.
“If anything, I think it’s a good thing because it means we’ll be ready for them. We won’t get caught on the hop because we know they’re a good side, and we’ll need to be at our best if we want to get something out of the game.”
Getting something out of the game though is something Cattermole is convinced Sunderland can do this weekend, having been buoyed by performances in training and in games of late.
They head into the contest on the back of a 3-1 win at Fulham, which has understandably lifted morale.
“The spirit in the dressing room is second to none,” Cattermole insisted. “We’ve got some great characters in there now and there’s a feeling of togetherness growing all the time.
“That’s what you need if you’re going to be successful.
“And we haven’t just got team spirit we’ve got genuinely top-notch players too.
“When you look at the Fulham game for example, people talk about Stephane Sessegnon’s goal and Adam Johnson’s pass to Steven Fletcher for the first goal.
“They talk about Simon Mignolet’s saves and I can’t argue with any of that.
“But for me, the moment of the game was the way Steven Fletcher scored our opening goal.
“It was a great pass from Adam Johnson, but for Fletch to control a ball coming across him at speed in the way that he did, and then to put the goal away with the composure and skill he showed, really was something else.
“He maybe didn’t get the credit he deserved for that finish, but it wasn’t a fluke.
“He’s a quality player, and he’s not the only one in our side.
“We know it won’t be easy against West Brom tomorrow because they’re proving themselves a very good side.
“But we have enough good players in our own side, and the desire to do well to give anyone a game on our day.”