Sunderland captain Lee Cattermole says team cannot afford to dwell on their goal troubles

Lee Cattermole is urging his team-mates to forget their troubles and improve.
Lee Cattermole is urging his team-mates to forget their troubles and improve.

LEE CATTERMOLE insists Sunderland cannot afford to dwell on their troubles in front of goal if they are to pull out of the doldrums.

The Black Cats have found the net just once in their last three games, with that meagre return earning a solitary point to pile the pressure on under-fire boss Steve Bruce.

Sunderland couldn’t find a way past an under-par Manchester United, toiled against Fulham and then saw their wastefulness punished against Wigan last weekend.

But skipper Cattermole believes Sunderland must focus on the positives from their goal return earlier in the season, if they are to prevail at fellow strugglers Wolves this weekend.

Sunderland scored 12 in the six games prior to November, albeit their efforts were lessened by conceding eight goals in the same spell.

Cattermole told SportMail: “I don’t think it’s been so much the goals we can’t get this season that’s been the problem. It’s been more conceding more goals than we ever have.

“Maybe, we’re lacking a little bit of spark in the final third, but then two of the last three games have been against Man United and a well-organised Fulham team.

“Before that, we scored four against Stoke, two against Villa, two against Bolton and two against West Brom.

“We know the goals are there.

“We hit the crossbar twice against Fulham and we’re creating chances so I don’t think there’s necessary a problem there.”

Read more of Chris Young’s interview with Lee Cattermole in today’s Sportmail.