I'm Not a Dirty Player - Skipper

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I'm Not a Dirty Player - Skipper


Byline: Mark Douglas

SUNDERLAND skipper Lee Cattermole has mounted a staunch defence of his playing style and disciplinary record - maintaining he's made just one "bad" challenge in his career and his reputation precedes him with referees. The Black Cats midfielder has carved a career as a high-octane performer who is not afraid to make tackles, but he was under scrutiny after being withdrawn early in the West Brom draw because Steve Bruce feared that he would pick up a second booking.

Cattermole admits to frustration at that turn of events but believes Albion midfielder Steven Reid was culpable because he was "rolling around like a girl" after challenges put him.

The midfielder refutes suggestions that he is a dirty player but admits he needs a period of keeping his nose clean to address referee's perceptions of him.

"To be honest, it's the second time it's happened with the lad Steven Reid from West Brom," said Cattermole.

"He's six foot four and he rolls around like a girl, simple as that. It's twice it's happened now and it's a shame.

"People whinge about the foreigners, but he's a British lad and he's acting like that. I was booked for that challenge, and then the second one was on him again. I didn't touch him, he kicked the ball, and then he jumped up in the air. He thought about rolling around again then, but he got up and the referee saw that.

"The gaffer took me off, and I was gutted because I felt as though I was really coming into the game. We were dominating the match and I felt as though we were going to go on to win.

"The gaffer gave me his reasons afterwards and it was understandable. The way things had gone, I think the referee was waiting for me to make a foul. They are out there for me at the minute, but maybe it's my stupid mistakes in the past that have got me that reputation. "I can't sit here and blame everyone else. I have to get rid of that reputation, but it's so hard at the minute when I find myself getting a succession of soft yellow cards. It does affect your game. "It's something I have to address, but if you put every foul I've ever made upon the television, I think there'd be one tackle which was actually a bad one. That was against Scott Parker when I was playing for Wigan and I've spoken to him since to apologise about it. That's the only bad tackle I've made in my career - all the rest have been genuine attempts to win the ball. …

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