Dick Advocaat hopes Lee Cattermole can cut out the errors after the midfielder’s struggles continued in Sunderland’s draw at Aston Villa.
Cattermole conceded a needless penalty just three minutes after Sunderland had taken an early lead at Villa Park, with the 27-year-old again exposed for Scott Sinclair’s second goal in the 2-2 draw.
It was the second time this season that Cattermole has conceded an unnecessary spot-kick after giving Leicester the chance to score their third in the opening day 4-2 defeat at the King Power Stadium.
Sunderland boss Advocaat hooked Cattermole at half-time and while he made no criticism of the ex-Middlesbrough man, he admitted his concern at his performances.
Advocaat said: “There’s no need to concede those kind of penalties, and also the one at Leicester.
“I will never say a bad word about Lee Cattermole because last season in nine games he did brilliant for the team.
“But at the moment, those kind of mistakes are not good.
“In the first half, we played with three midfielders like Aston Villa, but they always had an extra man, which I didn’t understand.
“It was easy to say ‘okay, let’s take one off’ and everybody knew who to pick up in the second half.
“It was a better game in the second half and now we have to improve.”