Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Cattermole Takes on Black Cats Leadership Role; Midfielder Leading by Example - Yedlin

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Cattermole Takes on Black Cats Leadership Role; Midfielder Leading by Example - Yedlin

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Byline: Stuart Rayner

LEE Cattermole has stepped forward as Sunderland's leader in the fight against relegation, according to DeAndre Yedlin.

John O'Shea is the Black Cats' club captain but with the Irish defender losing his place in the side for the last four matches, Teessider Cattermole has apparently been the man driving them forward.

Cattermole himself had been out of the side until returning for the match against West Bromwich Albion on April 2. O'Shea and Cattermole are both veterans of Sunderland's miraculous escapes from relegation in the last two seasons. "Those that have been through it before are definitely the leaders of the team," commented Yedlin, the right-back on a seasonlong loan from Tottenham Hotspur. "There are guys you look to a little bit and they've been great for that, especially Lee Cattermole. I think he's taken a big leadership role.

"They're the kind of guys you look to for guidance but you also have to look to yourselves. We know the situation and we know what we need to do."

When asked for specifics about how Cattermole has been leading the side, Yedlin was sketchy. "We've got to finish our chances and not concede goals," he said. "That's how Turn to Page 49 FROM BACK PAGE you win games. To be broad, that's what he says."

Cattermole, who captained previous clubs Middlesbrough and Wigan Athletic at a young age, was given the captain's armband by then-manager Steve Bruce. Paolo Di Canio took it off him and gave it to O'Shea as part of his unsuccessful attempt to force to force the midfielder out of the club, and the Irishman has kept it ever since. O'Shea has always been a less demonstrawtive captain than the more combative Cattermole.

Younes Kaboul skippered Sunderland in the matches at Southampton and Newcastle United, which Cattermole and O'Shea watched from the bench. …

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