Bruce hails maturing Cattermole

December 11, 2010

Cattermole, who was appointed club captain in the summer, endured a tough start to the season after picking up two red cards in the first few weeks of the campaign. The former Wigan midfielder impressed Bruce last time out against West Ham when he picked up an early booking, but showed he has learned his lessons by avoiding another caution. "He has very infectious enthusiasm and gets people working with him," said Bruce. "There is nothing worse than being sent off and the second time he was thinking he'd let everyone down. The big thing is how he reacted and learned from it. "He was magnificent last week and there were signs of maturity. He's not 100 per cent there yet - when the red light comes on, who knows what can happen? "But after being booked very harshly after five minutes, he watched what he was doing and led the side with enthusiasm. "He's been taught a harsh lesson by what happened at Wigan and he's realised he doesn't want to be in that position again. "When you are young, you do make mistakes, but it looks like he's learned how to curb his enthusiasm. He wanted to show everybody. "But for the last five or six performances, he's showed his true form and looks a very good captain."