Cattermole previews Hammers clash.
Lee Cattermole says it’s crucial that Sunderland get on the scoresheet first this weekend.
The Black Cats travel to London to face a West Ham side who are yet to concede a goal on home turf this season.
The Hammers have a 100% record at the Boleyn Ground in 2012-13 having returned to the top flight in the summer.
We scored three goals at Man City last year and if we can do that we can score at any ground in the league.- Lee Cattermole
And captain Cattermole feels Sunderland must take the initiative if they are to end that run.
“West Ham is a tough place to go; it doesn’t matter whether they’ve just come up or not,” he said.
“They’re a big competitive side and Sam [Allardyce] likes to play from back to front quickly.
“With the likes of Kevin Nolan in the team they’ve got poachers and we need to pick up the second balls. It’s crucial we’re competitive in the game.
“Every game is difficult for different reasons and they’re a good side, but I think we can create chances and the first goal will be vital.”
He added: “I think we should approach every game thinking we can win.
“We scored three goals at Man City last year and if we can do that we can score at any ground in the league.
“We have to go there with a positive attitude. We’ve had three good draws and it would be nice to get that first win.”