Sunderland had to battle their way to a 1-0 victory over Crystal Palace in their latest outing.
The Black Cats have put themselves under pressure to pick up results, due to their poor start to the campaign, which has left them in the relegation zone.
And Cattermole believes that Sunderland’s squad will have to accept that they won’t be playing attacking football over the coming months, as they are so desperate for points.
Instead, the central midfielder says that his teammates need to be prepared to put in more performances of the type that they did against Crystal Palace on Monday night, where they battled their way to a 1-0 victory.
“The performance against Crystal Palace was exactly what we needed especially ahead of a home game at the Stadium of Light,” Cattermole said.
“We have to accept that we aren’t going to play expansive, pretty football at the minute; we just have to dig in, grind it out and keep to clean sheets and earn the right to play.
“I think what we did on Monday night was exactly that and we came away with three very important points against a very good side.”
Sunderland’s win over Palace was highly impressive, as they managed to thwart the threat that Alan Pardew’s men posed.
Palace have been one of the most dangerous teams in the Premier League this season, but they failed to break Sunderland down on Monday evening.
Sunderland’s defence has looked vulnerable throughout the campaign so far, but the improvements they showed at Selhurst Park offered a lot of encouragement.
The Black Cats’ next match comes against Stoke City, and if Allardyce’s side are able to get a victory, they could move clear of the relegation zone for the first time this season.