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‘True leader’ – Sunderland fans jump to Lee Cattermole’s defence despite decisive penalty miss

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‘True leader’ – Sunderland fans jump to Lee Cattermole’s defence despite decisive penalty miss

Lee Cattermole’s penalty miss was the difference in the shoot-out.

Sunderland suffered Wembley heartbreak as they lost 5-4 on penalties against League One promotion rivals Portsmouth.

After the game ended 2-2, Sunderland and Portsmouth exchanged penalties with Lee Cattermole’s saved effort proving to be the only miss.

Many Sunderland fans felt it was harsh on Cattermole, who has been excellent all season.

The veteran midfielder embodies passion and pride with his performance over 120 minutes and made some crucial blocks and interceptions in midfield.

But unfortunately for the ex-Middlesbrough man, he will be remembered for the decisive penalty miss.

(photo by Lee Parker/Action Plus via Getty Images)

Cattermole stepped up to take Sunderland’s second penalty and hit the ball to Craig MacGillivray’s left but the Pompey stopper palmed it away.

Sunderland failed to bounce back from going one behind in the shoot-out as all five Portsmouth players buried their efforts.

It was a gut-wrenching moment for Cattermole, who has been at Sunderland for nearly 10 years. Having been part of back-to-back relegations, a Wembley win would have meant so much to the 31-year-old.

Cattermole still has the chance to redeem himself by helping Sunderland win promotion and he will play a key part in that battle. Here are some tweets from Sunderland fans defending Cattermole.

 

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