Cattermole calls for big finish

Black Cats skipper looking to end the season on a high

Lee Cattermole: Part of Sunderland's efforts to secure another top-half finish

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Lee Cattermole is looking for Sunderland to end the 2011/12 campaign on a positive note, offering them a platform on which to build.

The Black Cats' final two fixtures will see them face Fulham and title hopefuls Manchester United, with a trip to Craven Cottage awaiting them on Sunday.

Martin O'Neill's side will travel to the capital sat 11th in the Premier League table, one place and two points short of where they finished last season.

Another top-half finish is the target this time around and club captain Cattermole is hoping they can finish a campaign which saw managerial changes provide an unwelcome distraction on a high.

He said: "It has been a first season for me when I have lost a manager during the season, which was a shame.

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"But the new manager has come in and we have bounced back and made it a good season.

"We have just got to finish on a high note for next year."

O'Neill has inspired a concerted fight-back by the players he inherited from Steve Bruce, and although a run of six league games without a win, but with just a single defeat, has taken some of the gloss off that recovery, the belief he has instilled has offered cause for optimism.

Cattermole said: "He has brought a lot of life to the club. There has been a real buzz about the place.

"We got safe a lot quicker that people thought. It has tailed off a little bit, but if we can finish on a good note and finish strongly, it will be a nice way to finish."