Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Catt in a Flap Again but It's Still a Job Well Done!

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Catt in a Flap Again but It's Still a Job Well Done!

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Byline: JAMES HUNTER

CAPTAINS are supposed to lead from the front, but it is no thanks to Lee Cattermole Sunderland find themselves in tonight's fourth round draw.

A reckless lunge on Adam Chicksen saw the Black Cats skipper pick up the seventh red card of his career - and his fifth in his three years on Wearside - to leave his side to battle on for an hour with 10 men against MK Dons.

Martin O'Neill was understandably angry and disappointed with Cattermole in his postmatch interviews.

If the Wearsiders had failed to see off their League One opponents, he would have been even more furious.

Thankfully, a Craig Gardner free-kick early in the second half and a late goal from James McClean booked Sunderland's place in the next round.

However, Cattermole, who will sit out the next three games including next month''s Wear-Tyne derby, is not off the hook.

O'Neill stopped short of saying he would review the captaincy but made it pretty plain Cattermole will have to learn discipline - and fast.

"I would not start searching for answers this evening," said O'Neill, when asked about Cattermole's future as captain. "The sending-off is bad enough and the consequences of it.

"He got the season off to a good start and now he will miss three games - you cannot afford to do that.

"It is hard enough coping with injuries, so when these things are self-inflicted it is ridiculous.

"He is the captain of the side, we talked about discipline within the team beforehand, and discipline is something he will have to consider or reconsider or re-reconsider. "It was senseless - needless - and he did not give the referee much option."

Despite the Cattermole controversy, at least the victory gave O'Neill reason to smile.

Having made five changes, away from home, down to 10 men and up against lowerleague opposition, all the ingredients for an upset were there.

However, Sunderland managed to see off their spirited opponents and come out on top in a game of few chances.

In the first half, Luke Chadwick shot wide and Darren Potter forced Keiren Westwood to tip one effort wide of the post, while at the other end Louis Saha was the only man to threaten for Sunderland. …

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