LEE CATTERMOLE has warned Sunderland must be patient if they are to prevail against Swansea this weekend.
Sunderland face the Premier League’s men of the moment at the Stadium of Light on Saturday as the Black Cats look to bounce back from the end of a five-game unbeaten streak at Chelsea.
Swansea’s 3-2 victory over Arsenal last weekend has sparked widespread praise for the Welsh outfit’s approach to the Premier League, along with calls for the likes of Danny Graham, Scott Sinclair and Nathan Dyer to receive England recognition.
Yet resurgent Sunderland will still be confident of recording a third win in four outings at the Stadium of Light, with Swansea taking just six points from their 10 away games this season.
Cattermole believes Sunderland can succeed if they prey upon Swansea on the counter-attack, but warned they must accept the visitors will enjoy their share of possession.
The Black Cats skipper told the Echo: “It’s a tough league and you’ve got to show teams the respect they deserve.
“Sometimes, you have to sit on the edge of your own box and soak up pressure.
“When Swansea come to our place, we’ll need to let them have the ball and the crowd are going to have to accept that, otherwise we’ll get beat.
“You have to be organised and then hit them on the break.
“Let’s let them get the full-backs up the pitch and then we can hit them from there.
“(Stephane) Sessegnon, (James) McClean and (Nicklas) Bendtner can cause teams problems if they are left one-on-one with defenders.”
Sunderland secured a point at the Liberty Stadium back in August as Swansea endured a four-game winless start to Premier League life.
But Brendan Rodgers’ men have got to grips with the top flight, with their current five-game unbeaten run taking them nine points clear of the drop zone and into the fourth round of the FA Cup.