Simon Mignolet just fails to save the day

SIMON Mignolet admitted he found it hard to take pleasure from his brilliant save at Upton Park because Kevin Nolan got the better of him in the end.

Sunderland goalkeeper Simon Mignolet
Sunderland goalkeeper Simon Mignolet

SIMON Mignolet admitted he found it hard to take pleasure from his brilliant save at Upton Park because Kevin Nolan got the better of him in the end.

Nolan famously scored a 2010 hat-trick for Newcastle United past the Belgian goalkeeper.

When he produced a spectacular scissors-kick volley for West Ham United on Saturday, Mignolet’s diving save was still more impressive.

However, Nolan had the last laugh, scoring with a similar chance after Matt Jarvis rescued a ball going out of play in added time, and claiming a 1-1 draw at the death.

Mignolet said of his save: “I was pretty pleased with it at the time. It kept us in the game.

“However, as a goalkeeper you are always frustrated when you concede, no matter when.

“When you get into stoppage time, you shouldn’t be conceding goals. After the game, you always reflect on the goals you concede rather than the saves you have made.

“I feel like the rest of the lads that if we had defended like we had for the rest of the game we wouldn’t have conceded such a stupid goal.

“Then again, everyone can be very pleased with the effort they put in and the way they performed.”

It has been a season of mixed feelings for Sunderland.

They are unbeaten in the Premier League but yet to win – extending an unhappy sequence to 12 games. “It’s a tough balance,” said the goalkeeper.

“We’re unbeaten towards the end of September so that’s very positive, but we haven’t been able to get out first league win yet.

“We have four points and if you look at the overall picture after four games, we might have had a few more.”

Although the Hammers had more and better chances – James Collins hit the bar with a header – Mignolet felt Sunderland did a good containing job.

He added: “If they were going to get anything it was always going to be that way because they play very poor football.

“I suppose if they want to play that way, it’s their choice. I guess it paid off in the end.

“We’d dealt with it well. I don’t think many teams are going to win here this season and we were very close to getting the three points. ”

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