Sunderland 2 Blackburn 1: Cattermole is man enough to rattle Rovers

23 August 2009 11:11
One of the good guys: Sunderland's Lee Cattermole tackles Christopher Samba on a winning day for the Black Cats[LNB]The word 'guy' should be banned. It is over-familiar, feminine, and suggests intimacy that is not there. It is the kind of word they use in cricket. What was wrong with lad or man? [LNB]Lee Cattermole is not a guy. Cattermole is a 21-year-old lad who plays football like a man. On Saturday he spoiled a fine performance in the centre of Sunderland's midfield by referring to one Blackburn player as 'a guy', but he will learn. [LNB]Cattermole, refreshingly, also used other terms to refer to himselfand his opponents. 'Any man stepping on to the pitch has to compete andI don't know why I get singled out more than other people,' he saidwhen discussing his display, which contained several meaty tackles. 'Itannoys me how much people make of my tackling. I believe everymidfielder should be able to tackle.' [LNB]Cattermole's frustration at the one-dimensional perception of hisgame is promising. He is much more than a wrecker, as his run and crossto set up Kenwyne Jones for the 54th-minute winner showed. Jones hadearlier equalised with a fine, composed finish. [LNB][LNB] Showing his worth: Sunderland's Lorik Cana  has been in impressive form since his move from French side Marseille [LNB]Cattermole possesses an athleticism that has been missing from Sunderland's midfield for some time and can thrive alongside Lorik Cana, who looks a shrewd signing from Marseille. [LNB]But boss Steve Bruce said, after a victory that was lucky: 'It will take time.' It will - eight of Bruce's starting XI avoided relegation by two points last season. [LNB] Bagging the points: Kenwyne Jones knocked in the second half winner at the Stadium of Light[LNB]Had Rovers been 2-0 up by the time Gael Givet gave them a 21st-minute lead, no home fan could have complained. They should have left the Stadium of Light with at least a point. Sunderland got away with it. [LNB]SUNDERLAND (4-4-2): Fulop 4; Bardsley 5, Ferdinand 5, Collins 5, McCartney 5 (Nosworthy 61min, 6); Malbranque 6 (Henderson 79, 6), Cattermole 7, Cana 7, Richardson 5; Bent 6 (Campbell 90), Jones 8. Booked: Cattermole, Bardsley. [LNB]BLACKBURN ROVERS (4-4-2): Robinson 6; Jacobsen 5, Samba 7, Nelsen 6 (Olsson 46, 5) Givet 6; Diouf 5 (McCarthy 71, 6) Andrews 7, Nzonzi 7, Pedersen 6; Di Santo 5 (Kalinic 14, 4), Roberts 8. Booked: McCarthy. [LNB]Man of the match: Jason Roberts. [LNB]Referee: Alan Wylie.  Rovers new boy Salgado aims to emulate golden oldie HierroBent for England: Sunderland boss Bruce urges Capello to call up striker BLACKBURN ROVERS FC

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