SAFC v Reading

Home win delights Mignolet

by Stuart Vose

Keeper reflects on 3-0 victory.

Simon Mignolet felt Sunderland reaped the rewards from a disciplined performance as they ran out 3-0 winners over Reading at the Stadium of Light on Tuesday evening.

James McClean, Steven Fletcher and Stephane Sessegnon all found the target, but Mignolet will have been equally delighted with a clean sheet at the other end.

McClean opened the scoring after just three minutes and Mignolet admitted the quick-fire breakthrough was a huge boost.

“Three points, a clean sheet at home and three goals – that’s what we needed and everyone did their jobs tonight,” he said.

“Early goals haven’t happened too often this season but it made the game easier for us.

“Reading had to attack us and come out of their shells but we all stuck to our jobs.

“It was never going to be an easy game. We really wanted to get the win and we did that – now we’re looking forward to the next couple of games to come.”

He added: “All the lads who played can be happy with their performances – no-one let themselves down and that’s what you need.

“At home you have to win points and that's what we did. Hopefully we can do it again in the future now.”

Mignolet has been in superb form for Sunderland so far in 2012-13 and came up big with a couple of key saves in the second half.

He tipped away a Nicky Shorey free-kick before denying Noel Hunt at point-blank range late on.

“I saw a couple of decent free-kicks [Shorey] hit during the week – he always loves to go over the wall,” Mignolet revealed afterwards.

“[For the save on Hunt] I got a good look at the ball and managed to keep it out.

“We didn’t give much away – the defence was very stable and I was pleased with that.”