Southgate Backs Under-Fire Cattermole!

Last updated : 22 February 2009 By Boro Mad

Cattermole incurred the wrath of both the home fans and players but referee Mike Dean took no action.

Steve Bruce: "We don't want to see players carried off but sometimes it happens.

"The tackle by Cattermole was for me, and I think later proved on television, to be a perfectly fair challenge.

"It was a strong challenge but that's what Lee Cattermole is all about. He doesn't want to deliberately hurt people but he's a strong tackler and he epitomises this team. I thought the referee handled it well."

Gareth Southgate: "We will know more in the next couple of hours but it's a blow for us because it unsettled the rhythm of the game. He's been an important player for us so it had a big effect.

"I thought (Lee Cattermole) played as he does - strong in the tackle and keeping his passing simple. If I'm on their side I'm thinking he's timed the tackle about right to take everything."