Mignolet focused on Newcastle

Sunderland goalkeeper Simon Mignolet insists they must concentrate on one game at a time as they look to secure their Premier League survival.

Last Updated: 09/04/13 at 17:49 Post Comment

Simon Mignolet: Focused on derby clash with Newcastle

Simon Mignolet: Focused on derby clash with Newcastle

The Black Cats are only outside the relegation zone on goal difference after failing to win any of their last nine matches.

Sunderland players are still getting used to the controversial appointment of Paolo Di Canio in place of the sacked Martin O'Neill as they prepare to face local rivals Newcastle in a crucial derby on Sunday.

The trip to St James' Park is followed by the visit of Everton to the Stadium of Light on 20 April but Belgium international Mignolet is keen for them not to lose focus by looking too far ahead in the campaign.

"We can't think about what's going to happen in the Everton game or the game after that, or what's going to happen at the end of the season," he said.

"Now we have to focus and get ourselves ready for the game against Newcastle because there are three points to win, three points to lose.

"I know it's a derby game and there is much more at stake than only the three points, but as football players, you can't think of that because that's not important at this moment.

"Points are far more important, and therefore we have to focus ourselves on that and nothing else."

Mignolet is philosophical about the change of manager and remains hopeful they can build on positive spells they have enjoyed within games.

"In my short career, I know what it is when a manager leaves and when a new manager comes in," he added.

"There's always one factor that is always the same, and it's when there are not enough points and when the results go against you, and unfortunately, that happened for Martin O'Neill.

"As a team when you don't get the results, there's always something to change and you always need something to happen to get a turn-around.

"The club has tried to do that with appointing a new manager.

"We had a great first half against Chelsea, we also had a decent second half against Manchester United - let's hope we can combine those two halves now into one game against Newcastle."

Related News

Most Commented

Readers' Comments

I

don't see Neymar or Suarez wanting to play second fiddle to Messi or playing to support Messi in his quest to get the World Player of the Year award back.

chelseablue_no1
Can Suarez Succeed Where Cesc Failed?

A

t this point, buying the whole club for £175 million would probably have been a cheaper option

lee
Liverpool Lovren bid rejected

O

ne obvious name missing.... Dirk Kuyt

redjari
Five Midfield Targets For Manchester United

Footer 365

World Cup: Penalty joy for Argentina as they beat Netherlands to reach final

Argentina overcame Netherlands on penalties after a 0-0 draw to set up a meeting with Germany in the World Cup final.

World Cup: Brazil boss Luiz Felipe Scolari to decide his future after the weekend

Luiz Felipe Scolari will wait until after the World Cup third-fourth place play-off before deciding his future.

Championship: Former Fulham skipper Brede Hangeland criticises Felix Magath

Brede Hangeland does not believe Felix Magath is the right man to lead the club back into the Premier League

Mail Box

Mails: Are Footballers Just Big Kids?

That's what the mailbox thinks, with Brazil's players showing a lack of responsibility in their 7-1 thrashing by Germany. Plus, more on Ozil and the importance of passion...

'Wow' Says The Mailbox In Unison. Wow Indeed.

There is understandably a great deal of reaction to Tuesday night's lunacy, but we have added thoughts on the anti-Ozil 'agenda' and Liverpool acting like they're big-time...

© 2014 British Sky Broadcasting Ltd. All Rights Reserved A Sky Sports Digital Media property