Rowell Report: Cattermole and Buckley have started well for Sunderland

Ex-Sunderland footballer Gary Rowell
Ex-Sunderland footballer Gary Rowell
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SUNDAY’S draw against Manchester United gave Sunderland two points from two games, which isn’t a great return, but at least we’re unbeaten.

And it’s already a better points haul than we got from the first eight games last year.

Just like all four games against United last season, there wasn’t much between the two teams and it was no surprise it ended all square.

Sunderland didn’t do enough to win and it would have been cruel had we lost, so I’m happy to take the point and move on.

Lee Cattermole has started this season where he left off last year, in outstanding form and he was my man of the match with his work-rate and desire driving the team on.

The other player who impressed me was Will Buckley - a player recently plucked out of the Championship, but he didn’t look out of place and in the first half, was Sunderland’s main attacking threat.

A couple of times he went through the United defence like a knife through butter and at just £2.5million, could prove to be a real bargain for Gus Poyet.

OVER the last few seasons Sunderland have found goals from midfield hard to come by.

But already in just two games, we’ve got three goals from that area of the pitch.

Larsson, Rodwell and even Cattermole are all off the mark and I’m hoping our midfield can find the net more regularly than in previous years.

Strikers who can guarantee goals command the biggest transfer fees, but I’ve always thought goal-scoring midfield players are worth their weight in gold and give a team that extra dimension.