Goals from Kieran Richardson and an unfortunate own goal from Arsenal winger Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain ensured Martin O’Neill’s team made it into the draw for the quarterfinals of the FA Cup for the first time since 2004 with a 2-0 victory at the Stadium of Light.
Black Cats midfielder Cattermole felt his side was well deserving of the victory that sees Arsenal’s hopes of a trophy this season realistically disintegrate.
“I thought we just continued what we have been doing recently, for the last two months we have been working hard,” Cattermole told ITV. “A week ago we were unlucky to lose the game and we knew they were playing in the week and I thought we were strong out there and wanted it more.
“We’ve had a great run in the last few months but we’ve got a tough game coming up at the weekend against West Brom and we’re in the next round so we’ll see who we get tomorrow [when the draw is made].”
First goal scorer Richardson said that O’Neill has reinvigorated the team’s season since taking over and hopes the impressive run of losing just three times since his appointment continues.
“Well it’s good scoring a goal, especially against Arsenal, and we’re in the hat for the next round. The team today was top notch, we pressed the ball very well and we deserved it [the win],” he added.
“Since he [O’Neill] has come he’s been a breath of fresh air and we’ve got a great set-up here and the lads are playing well. Long may it continue.”