Simon Mignolet

Focused Mignolet looking upwards

by Stuart Vose

Keeper: 'It’s a big game for both teams.'

Goalkeeper Simon Mignolet remains convinced that Sunderland can still push up towards the middle of the Barclays Premier League table.

The Black Cats have 30 points to their name with nine games to play following last week’s defeat at QPR.

We can still end up where we want to be – there’s a lot still to play for

- Simon Mignolet

Martin O’Neill’s men host Norwich this weekend looking for some home comforts and Mignolet says he's focused squarely on the task ahead.

“We have to look forward and it is important we do that rather than talk about the last couple of games,” he said.

“It is important to look upwards and ourselves, to make sure we are ready for the game. We can still end up where we want to be – there’s a lot still to play for.

“There’s three points up for grabs this weekend and we need to make sure we [get them] and then end the season on a high.”

Manager O’Neill highlighted the importance of the Canaries’ visit in his post-match assessment following the defeat at QPR.

Mignolet says the players are under no illusions and insists it’s crucial that they focus only on themselves.

“It’s a big game for both teams, we know that,” he said. “To be honest I prefer to play in big, important games.

“We have to make sure we’re up for it – at home with the crowd behind us we can get the three points.

 “Norwich are a good team but we have to look at ourselves rather than thinking about what they are going to do.

“We can’t over-think things. The solution is within ourselves. We need some wins and we have enough ability in this squad to make it happen.”

Watch the full interview with Simon on SAFC TV now.