Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

The Perfect Place to Bounce Back

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

The Perfect Place to Bounce Back

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LEE CATTERMOLE says this weekend's visit to Manchester City is the ideal game to get Sunderland's FA Cup disappointment out of their system.

The Black Cats' FA Cup run fizzled out with a poor performance and a 2-0 defeat against Everton in the quarterfinals in midweek, and now all Sunderland's attention is on securing a second successive top-10 finish in the league.

Ji Dong-Won's late winner rocked City on New Year's Day at the Stadium of Light, but Sunderland are huge underdogs going into tomorrow's return game against a side that has not dropped a single point at the Etihad Stadium all season.

But all the pressure will be on second-placed City as they are three points behind their crosscity rivals United as the title race home straight.

"It's a game we can go and enjoy," said skipper Cattermole. "Manchester City are fighting for the title and there is going to be a lot of pressure on them.

"So we have to go there, be fully committed like we have been all season, and can get back to being a team that is hard to beat.

"It is going to be very hard to get over the Everton defeat, but we had a couple of days and now hopefully we can get it out of our system.

"We have had big defeats in the past, but the club isn't in too bad a position and there have been a lot of positives about how we have played in the last three or four months.

"We have got to move on and take those positives on board and keep moving on."

Sunderland's disappointment at missing out on a Wembley semi-final against Liverpool was compounded by the Black Cats' below-par display against Everton.

Cattermole admits Sunderland were second best on the night, but is convinced the Wearsiders will learn from the experience and come back stronger. He said: "I think in our performances of late there haven't been too many bad days. …

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