Sam Allardyce explains his decision to drop Jack Rodwell for Sunderland

Lee Cattermole came in for Jack Rodwell in Sunderland's match against West Brom at the weekend.

Sam Allardyce has told the Sunderland Echo that Jack Rodwell did not deserve to be dropped from Sunderland’s team for their match against West Bromwich Albion.

Rodwell was replaced in Sunderland’s starting line-up with Lee Cattermole, despite enjoying arguably his best run of form since moving to the Stadium of Light recently.

And Allardyce admits that the former Manchester City man did little to merit being taken out of the team, but he just wanted to get Cattermole involved again.

“He [Rodwell] had his best run of performances since he joined the club but, for me, Catts just provided that energy that drives on the rest of the team,” said Allardyce.

“It was the first time I’ve taken a player out of the side who didn’t deserved to be out.

“Jack’s performances and his stats haven’t dropped but I just thought Catts was the man on Saturday. On his performance, everybody would agree it was the right team and the right tactics.”

The Sunderland Echo suggest that Cattermole’s performances in training have been very impressive of late.

The defensive midfielder has dropped out of favour, but he is seemingly determined to play his part in the run in.

Cattermole impressed against West Brom, and he came as close as anybody to breaking the deadlock in the fixture, but he was denied by Ben Foster.

Sunderland’s draw against the Baggies has left them sitting four points adrift of safety, with just seven matches remaining.

The Black Cats’ next fixture comes against Leicester City at the weekend.

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