Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Calm Cattermole Says Black Cats Won't Panic; THE INTERVIEW: Lee Cattermole Sunderland Are Their Own Worst Enemies Right Now, but Lee Cattermole Has Called for Perspective. Stuart Rayner Reports

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Calm Cattermole Says Black Cats Won't Panic; THE INTERVIEW: Lee Cattermole Sunderland Are Their Own Worst Enemies Right Now, but Lee Cattermole Has Called for Perspective. Stuart Rayner Reports

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LEE Cattermole has been described as many things over the course of his football career. Philosopher is not one of them.

The combative Teessider is as likely to be compared to Socrates as he is... err... Socrates, but his calming influence has been needed at the Stadium of Light in recent weeks.

Cattermole may no longer wear the captain's armband - Paolo Di Canio gave that to John O'Shea last season - but he remains one of Sunderland's leaders.

Sometimes that means geeing up his team-mates but, after a harrowing two weeks which has seen ten alltoo-often self-inflicted goals conceded without reply, his main job has been making sure everyone keeps things in perspective.

With an important televised match at Crystal Palace on Monday, now is the time for cool heads.

To those in the stands, Saturday's game against Arsenal was a disaster.

Sunderland shot themselves in the foot not once but twice, Wes Brown and Vito Mannone serving Alexis Sanchez two goals on a plate, then asking the Chilean if he would like to see the wine list.

There were sporadic boos when the full-time whistle was blown on the 2-0 defeat.

Cattermole, though, noticed that those horrendous mistakes apart, the Black Cats carried out their somewhat unambitious gameplan rather well. He said: "It felt very much like the end of last season where we were hard to beat.

"We won those games so people probably think we played great but we probably didn't. We didn't give them (Arsenal) much ground in behind and that maybe suits our defence. They weren't going to break us down. They had two shots from outside the box in the first half and in the last five minutes when we sent John forward (Santiago) Carzola had a two efforts but we were pushing them.

"After 60 minutes I thought we'd been pressing for a good 20 minutes and looked like the only team who were going to score. We have to cut the errors out. You cut them out and you suddenly make teams beat you but it's a hard thing to do."

It is not the first time this season Cattermole felt the scoreline had not told the true story. He added: "Results are the big thing but as players you tend to judge by the performance.

"We were on the pitch and you feel the way the game is going. We went down to QPR and were beaten 1-0 and everything you read in the paper wasn't great but we actually dominated them from start to finish. They couldn't get two passes together. That was an enjoyable game to play in, even though we were eaten 1-0. We felt we were there all the game, pushing.

"I know which team I would have wanted to be on. We have to think about some of the positive performances and not be too downbeat about losing 2-0 to Arsenal. We have to bounce back. We know how punishing the league is and we have to move on as quickly as we can. …

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