Mignolet demands Sunderland focus

Sunderland goalkeeper Simon MignoletSunderland goalkeeper Simon Mignolet has urged his team-mates to concentrate on their next game and not think about any specific targets in terms of securing Premier League safety.

The Black Cats are only outside of the bottom three on goal difference, with 18th placed Wigan having a game in hand.

It has been a turbulent few weeks for the Stadium of Light outfit, who have seen Martin O’Neill replaced by the controversial Paolo Di Canio and are now set to face local rivals Newcastle in a must win game.

A home tie with Everton will follow the clash, but Mignolet has urged his team-mates to concentrate on each individual game rather than thinking about future fixtures:

“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 is quoted by Sky Sports.

“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.”

Di Canio’s appointment has been met with a great deal of criticism, with some suggesting that O’Neill should have been given more time to save the club.

But, Mignolet feels that Sunderland had to react in a bid to steer clear of relegation to the Championship:

“In my short career, I know what it is when a manager leaves and when a new manager comes in,

“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.”

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