Cattermole homes in on Sunderland survival boost

GETTING STUCK IN ... Lee Cattermole makes life tough for Samuel Eto'o.

GETTING STUCK IN ... Lee Cattermole makes life tough for Samuel Eto'o.

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LEE Cattermole says Sunderland players are in the mood to sweep away their poor home form in the final weeks of the season.

And he insists Cardiff City, West Brom and Swansea City – the last three teams to visit the Stadium of Light this season – will struggle to live with the Black Cats if the Wearsiders maintain their current standards.

“We’ve played some great football in our last few games and if we play like we did in our last home game, against Everton, we have every chance of beating Cardiff.” the midfielder told the Echo.

“The lads are on a high after the weekend and beating Chelsea.

“Training has been great and we’re all looking forward to the Cardiff game.

“There’s a lot of confidence in the camp at the moment with the way we’ve been playing of late.

“We definitely deserved something out of our last home game against Everton, where only an unlucky own goal cost us.

“So hopefully we’ll be able to play as well as we did that day but get the right rewards this time around.”

The Black Cats have won just three of their 16 home games this season – against Newcastle United, Manchester City and Stoke – while drawing three and losing 10.

And if Sunderland are relegated this season, they will look back on awful home defeats to West Ham, Hull City, Aston Villa – stretching all the way back to August and the season-opener against Fulham – as a major cause of their demotion.

Cattermole insists, though, that the the players are focused on putting a better gloss on those home figures by finishing the campaign strongly.

He said: “During the course of any season you’re going to find yourselves in runs of form and hopefully we’ve run into good form at just the right time and we can continue that right up to the end of the season.

“We’ve had great displays against three of the very best sides in the country in our last three games and the strange thing is we felt we might have done better!

“We were sitting in the dressing room after that Everton game and couldn’t believe we’d lost it.

“Then, after the Man City game, all we were thinking about was how close we were to the three points instead of the one.

“We went to Chelsea and finally got a win, but we could easily have had seven points from nine – although we’d have taken the four points we got, before the games were played.

“The good thing is that we’re feeling confident in ourselves after those games and the Cardiff game is one we’re looking forward to.

“They’re in the position of needing a win just as much as we do, so the chances are you won’t see them parking the bus this weekend, like Crystal Palace did.

“That will be good for us, and if we play the way we’ve been playing of late, we’ll give anyone a game.”

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