Lee Cattermole explains why he's confident Sunderland will avoid relegation from the Premier League

Lee Cattermole

Cattermole is confident that his side's habit of picking up points will serve them well for the rest of the season, with Manchester United next up.

Sunderland midfielder Lee Cattermole has told the Sunderland Echo that he thinks the side is consistent enough to stay in the Premier League

Gus Poyet's side may be nervously looking over their shoulders towards the bottom three, as they sit in 16th place just three points above the drop zone. 

Their last win came at the end of January in a 2-0 victory over Burnley and Cattermole believes that given the side hasn't gone on a sustained run of losing matches, their ability to pick up points will ensure they retain their top flight status.

He said: “I think if you look at the season, we haven’t gone on any eight or nine game runs without a point or without a win.

“We’ve been really consistent throughout the year.

“We’ve had a couple of bad defeats where we thought we’d cracked it – the Hull game and QPR especially.

“Those are the ones we need to address on the back of our next win.

“We’re not getting carried away.

“But we need to approach the next game in the right way and be really solid."

One aspect of their game they have struggled with is scoring goals. The Black Cats are the second lowest scorers in the division with 22 goals, with only Aston Villa scoring fewer (13), but their defensive record of 36 conceded is not a disgraceful one. 

Goals may not be firmly on the agenda at Old Trafford this weekend for Poyet's men where they take on Manchester United. They will be looking to stay solid and give nothing away, and will try to get a similar result to last season's 1-0 triumph.

While Sunderland may have this habit of not losing games, they don't have the greatest habit when it comes to picking up wins - having recorded just the four during this season's campaign, and have drawn on more occasions than anybody else (13).

Though picking up points against the bigger sides will be welcome when unexpected between now and the end of the season, one thinks they need to turn more of these draws into wins to ensure their survival.

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