Craig Gardner backing Lee Cattermole after the Sunderland captain's latest red card
Craig Gardner gives backing to Lee Cattermole after the Sunderland skipper's latest red card against MK Dons.
Last Updated: 26/09/12 1:58pm
Cattermole received the red card - the fifth of his Black Cats career - for scything down Adam Chicksen, a challenge boss Martin O'Neill branded "crazy".
But Gardner vowed the players would support their captain, whose three-game suspension will see him miss Premier League games against against Wigan, Manchester City and derby rivals Newcastle.
The midfielder told the Sunderland Echo: "I feel sorry for Catts because he's been brilliant all season. His attitude in training and on the pitch is spot on. He's a true leader and I just feel sorry for him.
"He's the last person in the world who wants to get sent off. He was rock-bottom in the dressing room afterwards and everyone was trying to pick him up.
"Hopefully we will get him back in the team. From where I was standing at right-back, it didn't look too bad. But I could be wrong. He was the other side of the pitch.
"We have got to get behind him and lift him up."