St Andrews Stadium

Next Game

Birmingham v S'land

Wednesday, 27 August 2014, 19:45

Capital One Cup Second Round

Stadium of Light

Last Game

S'land 1 - 1 Man Utd

Sunday, 24 August 2014, 16:00

Barclays Prem

Phillips predicts Cats revival

Crystal Palace striker Kevin Phillips believes Sunderland's Capital One Cup win over Chelsea could help their Premier League survival bid.

Last Updated: 18/12/13 at 14:31 Post Comment

Cattermole: Drove Sunderland to victory, says Gray

Cattermole: Drove Sunderland to victory, says Gray

An extra-time winner from Ki Sung-Yeung, after Fabio Borini had cancelled out Lee Cattermole's own goal, earned the Black Cats a shock quarter-final win over Jose Mourinho's visitors at the Stadium of Light on Tuesday night.

It is just the second defeat the Portuguese manager has suffered in the competition - the other being a 2005 penalty shootout loss to Charlton - but a result which could transform bottom-of-the-table Sunderland's fortunes, according to Phillips.

"Only time will tell [what this means for Sunderland's season] but it's a huge, huge result," the Crystal Palace forward, who bagged 130 goals in 235 appearances for the Stadium of Light outfit between 1997 and 2004, told Sky Sports.

"You'd like to think now the supporters will turn up in force on Saturday for their league game and hopefully it will kick-start their season. Should I be saying that as a Crystal Palace player? I'm not so sure!

"But I'm delighted for the area, I know what it means to the people up here and, from the players' point of view, that will give them a huge lift going into Saturday."

Sunderland, who are five points adrift of safety, host Norwich at home on Saturday and another former Black Cats player, Michael Gray, reckons Lee Cattermole will be key to their chances of clawing their way clear of the relegation zone.

"The passion was back and it was there for everybody to see," said Gray, who made over 400 appearances for Sunderland.

"We criticised them in the first half but after that you look at the chances they created, the determination they showed and they deserved it in the end.

"Cattermole, in particular, was outstanding. If you want a leader on the field you look at him. He could have gone into a few silly challenges but I don't know if Gus has had a word with him because he pulled out of them.

"He was the one who got the attacks going and that's not what you normally see from him. The first goal came from his pass, a through ball that fell to Borini's feet, and to see that side to him was excellent.

"When you talk about passion and leadership you say Lee Cattermole."

TEAMtalk Facebook Fan Page

The TEAMtalk fan page is a great place to meet like minded people, have football related discussions and make new friends.

Related News

Most Commented

Readers' Comments

E

ven if United were to sign CR7 & Messi to play upfront, the fact remains Fletcher and Cleverly are playing in midfield. That's where the problem is. Fletcher is too slow with an awful pass, while Cleverly is simply rubbish

mrunited4life
Di Maria - A Signing of Necessity, or Opportunity?

T

hese days, these days, you can't say something racist without somebody saying that you're a racist.

tk421
'Wrong' Views Not Silenced By Shouting...

D

rop Rooney (he's so disappointing, overrated and overpaid), and play Di Maria and RVP upfront, much like the set up at the Netherlands team with Roben and RVP...

eric bush3
Di Maria - A Signing of Necessity, or Opportunity?

Footer 365

Indian Super League: Ex-Juventus star David Trezeguet eyes Alessandro Del Piero reunion

David Trezeguet welcomes the impending arrival of ex Juventus team-mate Alessandro Del Piero in the Indian Super League

Transfer news: Ajax say Manchester United have not made approach for Daley Blind

Ajax have had "no contact at all" from Man United over Daley Blind, who will only leave for the "absolute top price".

Transfer news: Nikola Zigic's agent confirms Arsenal's interest

The agent of ex-Birmingham striker Nikola Zigic has told SPORT that Arsenal have expressed an interest in his client.

Mail Box

Should Kagawa Play Ahead Of Mata?

That's one question posed in the afternoon mailbox, although it looks like the Japanese playmaker could soon be on his way. Plus, tipping Palace to go down under Warnock...

Well, This Isn't Going That Well Is It?

Plenty of fall out from Manchester United's shambolic 4-0 League Cup defeat, plus thoughts on Van Persie, Arsenal strikers, Benik Afobe, Celtic and Astroturf...

© 2014 British Sky Broadcasting Ltd. All Rights Reserved A Sky Sports Digital Media property