GUS POYET has warned returning Sunderland pair Lee Cattermole and Andrea Dossena that they cannot afford to be repeat offenders.
Sunderland received a major boost yesterday after the red card shown to Wes Brown at Stoke City last weekend was overturned by the FA’s disciplinary panel.
But despite referee Kevin Friend’s incorrect decision, Brown was the fourth Black Cats player to have been given his marching orders this season after Cattermole and Dossena were sent off at Hull City earlier this month, following John O’Shea’s August red card at Crystal Palace.
Cattermole and Dossena will both return from their three-game suspensions in Saturday’s trip to Aston Villa, albeit there is no guarantee that either will be handed instant recalls to the starting XI.
But Poyet has spoken with the pair during their time on the sidelines and says they are fully aware that he will not tolerate a repeat of their indiscipline.
The head coach told the Echo: “I can assure you that they know what they’ve done. That’s very important.
“They’re not complaining about the referee. They know there is a limit and they need to be careful.
“I hope it never happens again, but we’ll see.
“There’s a time for everything. We all make mistakes and there is no explanation why you do it. It happens in a split second.
“But if you do it every week, you’ve got a problem.”
Cattermole has struggled with officials throughout his four-and-a-half year stint at the Stadium of Light.
The midfielder suffered the sixth red card of his Sunderland tenure –and the eighth of his senior career – at the KC Stadium after being dismissed for a challenge on ex-Black Cats winger Ahmed Elmohamady.
Summer signing Dossena was then sent off just four minutes later after an ugly stamp on former Sunderland midfielder David Meyler, in only his second outing for the Wearsiders.
Poyet says he cannot judge Cattermole on previous indiscretions, but will not sanction continued misbehaviour from any of his players.
He added: “When someone does something really, really stupid and it’s repetitive, he doesn’t have a chance with me.
“They need to be professional.”