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

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?

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.

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.' 

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.

Showing his worth: Sunderland's Lorik Cana  has been in impressive form since his move from French side Marseille

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.

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.

Bagging the points: Kenwyne Jones knocked in the second half winner at the Stadium of Light

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.

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. 

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.

Man of the match: Jason Roberts.

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Source: Daily_Mail