The 26-year-old midfielder returned after a 10-game injury lay-off as the Black Cats were controversially denied a much-needed victory over West Brom on Saturday.
Cattermole modestly side-stepped suggestions that his unavailability impacted heavily on Gus Poyet’s team, but vowed to bring his characteristic vigour to the mission to ease the club up the table.
“If that’s what people want to say, that’s fine. I believe I bring something to the team – I think I could bring something to most teams.
“I’d like to think I help players on the pitch, that’s a key asset for me. I like to think I drive players on and get more out of them.”
Sunderland would be better placed had the key decisions in Saturday’s game gone their way, but ultimately had to settle for a 13th league draw leaving them three points clear of the drop zone.
Referee Mike Jones’ decision to book rather than send off defender Joleon Lescott for a fifth-minute foul on Danny Graham, irked Gus Poyet more than the pair’s ruling that Adam Johnson was offside after he had appeared to put the home side ahead on the stroke of half-time.
The Uruguayan said: “I’ll take that one. It hurts because it was a goal, but I’ll take it. But the first one, no. The first one was a straightforward red card.”
SUNDERLAND: Pantilimon, Vergini (van Aanholt — 88’) , O’Shea, Brown, Réveillere, Álvarez (Fletcher 68), Cattermole, Larsson, Johnson, Graham (Wickham 68), Defoe.
WEST BROM:Foster, Dawson, McAuley, Lescott, Brunt, Morrison, (Baird 73), Fletcher, Yacob, Gardner (McManaman 88), Berahino, Ideye
Referee: Mike Jones