Simon Mignolet

Mignolet staying focused

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by Stuart Vose

Keeper highlights need to push on.

Simon Mignolet is determined to stay focused ahead of the final five games of the season.

The Belgian international played a key role in the derby win over Newcastle, twice denying Papiss Cisse with fantastic saves.

We have to learn from our mistakes, even those made during the course of the Newcastle game, because there are still a lot of points to play for

- Simon Mignolet

Sunderland ran out 3-0 winners to record their first victory on Tyneside in 13 years, but Mignolet says the squad must keep their feet firmly on the ground.

“It was a timely win which will give us a lift and a boost ahead of the coming games,” Mignolet said.

“It was an important three points, but the one thing we have to do now is build on the result.

“We have to learn from our mistakes, even those made during the course of the Newcastle game, because there are still a lot of points to play for.”

Saturday’s visit of Everton kicks off a key five-game sequence which also includes home games against Stoke and Southampton plus trips to Aston Villa and Spurs.

And Mignolet says head coach Paolo Di Canio was quick to remind his players of the big picture in the aftermath of the win at St James’ Park.

“Straight after the game the gaffer took us to one side and told us not to think it’s all over,” he said.

“Mentally it’s a boost because we know what the result means inside of the dressing room and to the whole club and its supporters.

“But sometimes you can get carried away. The gaffer quickly put our feet back on the ground and made sure we are focused on the next game.”

Meanwhile Mignolet was delighted with the togetherness shown by the team and says the co-ordinated effort was key to the derby win.

“Everyone played their part and I don’t think anyone can be disappointed with the manner in which they played,” he explained.

“At that moment we needed a big team effort because it’s never easy at St James’ Park.

“During the course of the game there were going to be some moments where it was a bit difficult, but we made sure we got through those moments without a goal against in the end.”