Sunderland’s Lee Cattermole insists: Don’t be TV fall guys!

FOCUSED ... Sunderland's Lee Cattermole.

FOCUSED ... Sunderland's Lee Cattermole.

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LEE CATTERMOLE has warned that the TV cameras are not focusing on Sunderland by chance at London Road this weekend.

Sunderland head to Championship Peterborough on Sunday looking to continue their resurgence in the televised FA Cup third round clash.

But Martin O’Neill’s men face one of the second tier’s in-form sides, with only league leaders Southampton scoring more goals at home than the Posh, who have taken nine points from their last five games.

Sunderland’s recent record in the cups hardly bodes well either.

The Black Cats have not gone beyond the fourth round of either cup competition in Cattermole’s two-and-a-half years at the club and the skipper is desperate to avoid a potential banana skin.

Cattermole told the Echo: “We know why it’s on ITV. They’re expecting a possible upset so we just need to go there and do a professional job.

“Everyone would love a cup run. I haven’t been involved with one since I’ve been here.

“It would be nice to get through a couple of rounds and see where we go with it because anything can happen if you get a couple of draws.

“It’s great for the fans and something I’d definitely be interested in doing.

“Peterborough drew with Middlesbrough a couple of weeks ago and that’s a decent result because Boro are flying.

“We’ll have a look at them just before the game and we’ll set up how we’re going to play.”

Sunderland’s chances of avoiding an upset have not been helped by the demands on O’Neill’s squad due to injuries and illness.

O’Neill was without seven first-team regulars in Tuesday night’s victory at Wigan, while Jack Colback and Nicklas Bendtner both limped away from the DW Stadium.

But after Sunderland shrugged off the challenge of playing a second game in 48 hours to secure back-to-back wins for the first time in 12 months, Cattermole is confident they can show similar character this weekend.

“I was absolutely shattered after Man City on Sunday and I think we were all a bit too tired to enjoy it after winning the other night at Wigan,” added the 23-year-old.

“But everyone was pulling each other around at Wigan and it’s a great feeling to have when you can win like that.

“We haven’t got many options at the moment, but then the likes of James (McClean) have come in and given everyone a spark with a new face.

“Young lads look up to you and you have to go out and show them what it’s like.

“We knew it was going to be tough, but we’ve got a great squad and this is the best group of lads I’ve worked with.

“We went to Wigan and didn’t get carried away by the win against Man City.

“We knew it was going to be harder with the rest period we had and the fact we were all really tired.

“But we dug in and showed loads of character, desire and spirit to win the game.”