Cattermole: Hangeland red card was correct call

Fulham's Brede Hangeland is shown a red card by referee Lee Probert. Photo: PA

Sunderland midfielder Lee Cattermole stopped short of expressing sympathy for dismissed defender Brede Hangeland after the Black Cats triumphed 3-1 over 10-man Fulham this evening.

The two sides could not be separated until Hangeland saw red for a two-footed tackle on Cattermole on the half hour mark, with Steven Fletcher managing to edge the Black Cats ahead after the break.

Mladen Petric equalised in the 62nd minute but goals from Carlos Cuellar and Stephan Sessegnon sealed Sunderland's second win of the Barclays Premier League season.

Cattermole, no stranger to red cards himself, told Sky Sports 1: "At the time I thought it was two-footed and the rules say that you can't do that.

"I don't think it was too bad but you can't do that."

The victory saw the Black Cats move three points clear of the relegation zone, and Cattermole thinks Martin O'Neill's side are starting to harvest the fruit of their labours.

"It's massive," he added. "Every game's a tough game and we've found ourselves playing well but not getting the results we deserved.

"This was a massive game for us and we got the three points we deserved.

"We've got back to back home games now so it's something we can build on.

"We'll take a lot of confidence from that and keep working and try to climb the table.

Fletcher converted Adam Johnson's cool pass to get the Black Cats moving and the former Wolves man was happy to be back among the goals for the first time since September.

The Scottish striker said: "It was a relief to get a goal and get the three points. It's been coming.

"Sessegnon has been working very hard and he's been playing brilliantly so it's fantastic."