Sunderland’s Cattermole to tweak playing style to avoid further red cards

Sunderland's Lee Cattermole plans to curb his reckless tackling, without radically changing his style.

The 25 year old was shown a straight red card for a foul on Ahmed Elmohady in the defeat by Hull last month, his sixth dismissal in four years at the Stadium of Light.

"I've lost my place in the team and missed three games and I can only blame myself," he told BBC Newcastle.

"It's a fine line. I think I play the right way - hard, but fair. But at Hull I gave the referee a decision to make."

"I thought I'd cracked it this season to be honest, I really did not see a sending off coming," Cattermole continued.

"I've tried to quickly move on and put it behind me because I've barely made a foul all season.

"I'll stay fully committed, but maybe need to learn to stay on my feet and avoiding lunging for the ball when it's out of reach."

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