SAFC v Aston Villa

Skipper leading from the front

by Stuart Vose

‘This is the best dressing room I’ve been in in my career.’

Lee Cattermole believes Sunderland have what it takes to bounce back following the 1-0 home defeat to Aston Villa.

The skipper turned in an excellent performance as Sunderland bossed the game against the Villans only to lose out to a lone goal from Gabriel Agbonlahor.

But the midfielder believes the Black Cats are only a break away from getting back on track and says the resilience in the camp is as strong as ever.

“The lads are frustrated but we have a great team spirit,” said Cattermole. “This is the best dressing room I’ve been in in my career.

“We will come out of the other side of it. The players have been in this situation before and it’s part of football.”

He added: “I genuinely think we were a lot better today. We got balls into the box but they just seemed to drop to a green shirt all day.

“I had a shot towards the end of the game which richocheted out between two Sunderland shirts. It's not going for us.

“We have to keep going – it’s still early in the season.”

Cattermole also extended his thanks to the home supporters after almost 42,000 fans turned out for the game.

“I thought the fans were magnificent today,” he added. “They stuck with us throughout the game.

“I know they’re disappointed and want to see us winning games, but I am sure we are not far away.

“We have to stay together and stay strong because we have a lot of good players in that dressing room.”