SUNDERLAND captain Lee Cattermole yesterday admitted the entire football club was in desperate need for the team to somehow win a Premier League match.
Whether Sunday’s 3-1 triumph at Fulham can be a turning point remains to be seen, as this side still has many flaws, which were even exposed at times in what was only their second league victory of this season.
Cattermole, who was again immense at Craven Cottage, never lost faith that his team-mates could get themselves out of a rut that some supporters feared was never ending.
But he admitted that every person connected to Sunderland needed to see three points on the board for the good of their morale.
Cattermole said of Sunday’s victory: “That was a big three points, not just for the players, but for the whole football club, including the fans.
“It will make this week a lot nicer than a lot of the previous ones and we will try to build on this. The club will get a massive lift from this result. It was great for the gaffer. The stats don’t lie and before Sunday it was one win in 18 games.
“The one thing was that I felt we were performing every week and hadn’t hugely struggled. We were losing by the odd goal or two.
“There are some teams who have a much worse goal-difference than us, so nobody has given us a thrashing. So we will keep going and I genuinely feel we will get stronger.
“We owed the manager and ourselves a result. We have two home games coming up now and that’s where we will be looking to pick up more points.”
Sunderland face West Brom on Saturday and then QPR three days later, both at the Stadium of Light.
Cattermole felt the win and performance against Fulham had been coming for some time, even if two defeats in a row – against Aston Villa and Everton – would have suggested otherwise.