Martin O’Neill has demanded that his captain, Lee Cattermole, improves his discipline after a fifth red card as a Sunderland player.
The 24 year old’s moment of madness over-shadowed the Black Cats 2-0 away win over the MK Dons and places the former Wigan Athletic midfielder in danger of losing both his starting position and the armband.
O’Neill told ITV Football: “I have had a wee bit more time to reflect on it, and certainly Lee has as well – he’s got most of the month.
“He is obviously very, very sorry, but ‘sorry’ doesn’t help us now, not only over that particular game itself, which we could have lost, but the games coming up now.
“We will see, but again, there are many qualities to him for one so young as a captain of the team. But you just can’t be stepping over the mark like that. He does so many good things for us, both as a player and a captain as well.
“But you can’t be that rash, you can occasionally, but you have to learn, and more so than ever before now.”