Catts reflects on super-strike

by Kate Smith

Midfielder delighted with opening day stunner.

Lee Cattermole caught everybody off guard with his fifth minute rocket in Sunderland’s draw with West Brom on Saturday, but no one more so than himself, admitted the midfielder.

“I was happy with that goal” Cattermole laughed. “Everybody knows I don’t score many but when I do they’re decent!”

Cattermole, who is now the Black Cats’ longest-serving player after joining in 2009, has only scored one other goal for the club and that came in the away day defeat to Tottenham back in April.

“It’s not often they come off for me but when they do they’re alright,” he beamed.

“It happened so quickly, I knew I’d struck the ball well and then I was delighted when it went in – goals are not my game, that’s not what I’m in the team to do, but when a chance falls I’ll take it.”

The Hawthorns has proved to be a difficult ground for Sunderland in the Barclays Premier League, having not taken anything from an away day at West Brom since their 2-1 victory back in March 2007.

“Our record at The Hawthorns in recent years hasn’t been too good at all so t’s nice to have come away with a point,” Cattermole continued, “It was important for us to get off to a good start and take something from the game and I think a draw was a fair result.

“I don’t think today’s performance did us justice, we’re capable of much more as a team and I think over the course of the season we’ll get better.”