Lee Cattermole

Cattermole's West Brom preview

by Stuart Vose

Skipper wants to build on Fulham result.

Lee Cattermole admits last weekend’s win at Fulham has given the Sunderland squad a huge shot in the arm.

The Black Cats bagged a 3-1 victory against a Cottagers side who had begun the season in fine form.

Now Sunderland return to action on Wearside against West Bromwich Albion this weekend in good spirits and looking to push on.

“Fulham are a good side and I think our performances have been getting better and better in the last couple of weeks,” said Cattermole, who returned from injury to start the game at Craven Cottage.

“It’s a massive three points for us, not just for the players but for the whole city, the staff and everybody around the place. It gives everyone such a big lift.”

Having played seven of their first 11 league games away from home, Martin O’Neill’s side will now have an extended spell in more familiar surroundings.

Four of their next five games - and six of the next nine - are on Wearside and Cattermole says it’s vital the Black Cats remain focused

“We’ve just gone about our business, kept working," he said. "We don’t need to come out and say that we’ve had so many away games – we’ve got four out of the next five at home so it’s turning in our favour a little bit now.

“We’ve just got to go and perform now. There’s a great crowd here and we’ll just keep working each game at a time; we know there are no easy games. West Brom are going to come here full of confidence having just beaten Chelsea – it’s not going to be an easy game.

“We believe that on our day, if we’re on our game, we can beat anyone.”

Meanwhile, the Sunderland captain says his team will have to be on their guard against a Baggies side who have started the campaign well.

Steve Clarke’s side have taken 23 points from their first 11 games and go into Saturday's clash off the back of a fine home win over Chelsea.

“They’re a physical team, powerful up front,” Cattermole said. “They’ve definitely got goals in their side so we need to be on our guard.

“We just have to be patient, there’s no rush, we don’t have to win it in the first five minutes. We’ll just take our time in the game and if we can get a win here it’ll set us off again.”