Simon Mignolet

Simon's honest assessment

by Stuart Vose

City worthy winners, says keeper.

Simon Mignolet pulled no punches after the defeat by Manchester City, insisting his side were beaten by the better team.

Sunderland went down 3-0 at the Etihad Stadium as Aleksandar Kolarov, Sergio Aguero and James Milner all netted.

The result ended the Black Cats' unbeaten start to the season but Mignolet says he has few complaints about the scoreline.

“They really wanted to win the game and played really well,” he said.

Sometimes you have to say you have been well beaten and that was the case today

- Simon Mignolet

“We had some chances on the counter-attack but not enough to threaten the opposition, whereas they created a lot of opportunities.”

Mignolet had a busy afternoon against a City side who racked up 21 shots and 15 corners.

The Belgian made a number of superb saves, most notably a full-length stop to claim a close-range header from City defender Micah Richards.

However, those saves were of little consequence to the keeper in the aftermath of the defeat, despite post-match praise from manager Martin O'Neill.

“You always know that when you play against Manchester City you are going to be busy,” he said.

“But we want to win games and it doesn't matter if you make a save or two. You don't want to concede three. It's always disappointing.

“In games like this you want to keep it goalless as long as you can, but by conceding early it meant a tough game got even tougher.

“After going ahead early City pressed us really high up the pitch and created lots of chances.”