Simon Mignolet

Mignolet reflects on key stop

by Stuart Vose

Keeper pleased with contribution against Latics.

Simon Mignolet was pleased to play a key role against Wigan but says he quickly moved on to Sunderland’s next test.

The Belgian stopper has been in fine form this season and pulled off a superb save to help the Black Cats to a 1-0 win over Wigan last weekend.

Just 15 minutes had elapsed when Arouna Kone met a Jean Beausejour cross just four yards out, but Mignolet somehow got across to block the shot.

Sunderland went on to win the game thanks to a lone goal from Steven Fletcher after Wigan’s Jordi Gomez was sent off.

Recalling the build-up to the save, Mignolet said: “It was a long ball forward and the cross from Beausejour was really good.

“I was at the front post, and the only thing you can do as a goalkeeper is get yourself back across to the other side as quickly as possible.

“I made myself as big as I could and fortunately Kone hit it at me instead of into the net.

“It was a crucial moment because if we had gone 1-0 down it could have been a totally different game.

“As a goalkeeper I am there to make saves and I am very happy to have helped the team this occasion.

“I was happy with the game I played, but on the other hand there is another one coming up on Saturday and that one is now the most important.”

Mignolet admitted the performance wasn’t his side’s best but highlighted the positive of grinding out a victory.

“In the first half we struggled and didn’t really create the chances we wanted, while Wigan played really well and put us under pressure,” he said.

“Obviously the red card was a game-changer, then Fletch got the goal and it became a little easier for us to play the ball around.

“Everyone was happy in the end because we got three points, which is our job. It doesn’t really matter how you do it as long as you win the game.”