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O'Neill praises star Mignolet

Sunderland boss Martin O'Neill was full of praise for Simon Mignolet after the 0-0 draw with Stoke, saying: "He has been fantastic for us this year."

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Simon Mignolet: Applauded by Sunderland boss Martin O'Neill

Simon Mignolet: Applauded by Sunderland boss Martin O'Neill

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The performance of goalkeeper Mignolet was a significant factor in keeping Stoke at bay, the 24-year-old Belgian producing a string of saves with the best being a point-blank stop to keep out Robert Huth's header.

O'Neill said: "He has been fantastic for us this year. He started on New Year's Day for us when Keiren Westwood was ill and Simon was not particularly fit - in fact he had brought his parents over for the game thinking he was going to be sitting in the stand.

"He played that game with a mask because he had broken his nose and jaw I think, and he has been fantastic since then.

"With age on his side, he should be a really fine goalkeeper."

The result means Stoke and Sunderland have now each drawn six times in the Premier League this season, the former in a total of nine fixtures and the latter in eight with both on nine points.

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