Poyet pays tribute to goalscorer

by Kate Smith

Head coach’s praise for Catts after capital reverse.

Sunderland chief Gus Poyet watched his side fall to a spirited Tottenham Hotspur come back despite taking an early lead at White Hart Lane.

Lee Cattermole scored his first-ever goal for the club as the Black Cats edged in front against Spurs.

Emmanuel Adebayor cancelled out that lead within 10 minutes, before four second half goals for the hosts turned the game completely on its head.

“I need to choose the right words when I try and explain what happened in the game.” Poyet told safc.com after the final whistle.

“We struggled to find a solution for problems in the last few weeks; we’ve found it hard to turn things around, to find what it is to make the team click,” he explained. “They have been difficult times.”

Cattermole fired Sunderland in front after 17 minutes, capitalising on a Spurs mistake, however, the home side soon atoned, completing a 5-1 win.

“After taking the lead we needed to stay organised and make Spurs have to do something special to get back in the game, tonight I think we lost that little bit of quality on the ball that we needed,” Poyet added.

In his post-match assessment the Uruguayan took time to pay tribute to scorer Cattermole, acknowledging that the midfielder’s attitude and application were exactly what was needed in the game.

“Lee Cattermole deserves to be on the pitch all the time, but sometimes I have to change that because I need a more offensive player, but tonight he deserves credit.

“He leads by example; he knows what’s needed on the pitch and he always has an opinion – something that I like in a player.”