Sunderland needed a win against Gillingham last night to snap out of a run of too many draws and they got it with a 4-2 victory at the Stadium of Light last night.
Jack Ross’ side took the lead twice during the first half but were pegged back on both occasions and went in at the interval level at 2-2.
Goals from Will Grigg and Aiden McGeady took the game away from the visitors in the second 45, moving the Black Cats up to third in League 1.
They are four points behind second-placed Barnsley, with a game in hand and while that boost will please the fans, so did the identity of the opening goalscorer.
Lee Cattermole finally scored his first ever goal at the Stadium of Light, despite the fact he joined the club in August 2009 from Wigan.
Cattermole is a holding midfielder by trade so it’s not his job to get into the box and find the back of the net, but that’s still a staggering statistic for someone who has been a regular in the Sunderland side for the better part of a decade.
But the supporters absolutely loved it and were just as impressed by Cattermole’s all-round performance as they were by his goal…
That team has one leader and it ain’t honeyman. At 3-2 one player was screaming at the back 4 there too deep and get up the field. Been a huge miss. Lee Barry cattermole.
— Ian (@ian_safc_1974) February 20, 2019
3 points last night were the main thing. Again gave daft goals away but on the bright side we created plenty of chances and I thought we looked stronger in midfield with Cattermole and Leadbitter together. #SAFC
— Allan Davis (@AL_SNR58) February 20, 2019
— Rowan Campbell (@Rowan4533) February 20, 2019
I thought it was a good performance from the lads. When we were in the prem I thought lee cattermole was only good for his heart and grit but in the lower leagues you can see he’s got some real quality on the ball.
— Nick pope (@nickpope1993) February 20, 2019
O'Nien was easily my #safc MoM.
Sorry James, Cattermole & Leadbitter, you were top notch as well
— W skulduggery WLD ? (@RobLow_7) February 20, 2019
Pleased I can say that I was in attendance when Lee Barry Cattermole finally scored at the Stadium of Light after a decade at the club. #SAFC
— James Copley (@JamesCopley73) February 19, 2019
Thought cattermole was class tonight by the way #SAFC
— martin cruickshanks (@martc73) February 19, 2019
Lee Barry Cattermole’s first game back after being injured and we win 4-2 🐐 #SAFC
— Cameron Watson (@Cameronwotto100) February 19, 2019