Martin O’Neill has slammed his captain Lee Cattermole as the central midfielder saw red for the seventh time in his career.
Cattermole was given a straight red for a dangerous tackle on full-back Adam Chicksen, in the Black Cats 2-0 victory over the MK Dons.
Two superb strikes from Craig Gardner and James McClean spared the Wearsiders’s blushes, in a stern Sunderland defensive performance, following their captain’s fifth dismissal at the club.
O’Neill said to the BBC, “From the minute you start lunging in you are giving the referee no option. It looked from the sideline that the referee no option.
“You can’t do it, we talked about discipline before the game and there we are, down to ten men, it is hard enough battle here and he didn’t help himself and he didn’t help his team. There is no point asking for discipline from the team when you don’t show it yourself.”