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The injured Black Cats' skipper has claimed that, although he has respect for what the Canaries have achieved this season, he is confident that his side will take all three points

Lee Cattermole has claimed that Sunderland "will be a hard team to beat" as they look to get revenge on Norwich for their 2-1 defeat earlier in the season.

The young midfielder is currently sidelined with injury but has witnessed first-hand the turnaround in the Mackems' fortunes, led by Martin O'Neill.

And whilst Cattermole was keen to acknowledge the quality Norwich possess, he revealed he views the Premier League clash as an opportunity to make amends for Sunderland's loss at Carrow Road early in the season.

"Norwich are above us in the league so are obviously a good team, because we've done ever so well in recent weeks and still haven't caught them," Cattermole explained to the club’s official website.

"That shows how well they've done. We'll approach the game exactly as we have been doing over the last couple of months and we will be a hard team to beat. 

"It [the 2-1 defeat] was a disappointing night, we'd just beaten Stoke but didn't turn up on the night. At the moment, though, we are playing well and picking up plenty of points.

"We are a hard team to beat and it should be a different game."

Sunderland’s recent form has seen them slowly climbing the Premier League table and Cattermole claims that this momentum has come as a result of the belief instilled in the side by new manager O’Neill.

"Confidence is a massive part of any sport and at the moment we're seeing the lads going out and expressing themselves,” he said.

"They are trying things which are coming off when maybe they weren't at the start of the season.

"Everyone's enjoying themselves and when you get a run going it creates a lot of spirit.

"Football isn't all about flair, we're making blocks and tackles in our own penalty area; putting bodies on the line to keep goals out.

"That's as important as someone taking someone on - that kind of determination can take you far."