Mignolet: Sunderland can handle pressure

Simon Mignolet Sunderland GoalkeeperSunderland will be able to handle the mental pressure of a relegation battle, according to keeper Simon Mignolet.

Defeat at Aston Villa drew the club back into the scrap at the bottom of the table, although Wigan’s home defeat to Swansea on Tuesday night has eased the worries, but Mignolet says they can cope.

The keeper claims that as well as the physical battle they face, there is a mental one as well that takes its toll but the players are ready for the final two weeks of the season.

Mignolet told the Journal: “It’s tough for us mentally at the moment. If you’re a goalkeeper it’s already mentally a very tough job, I’ve played 35 times during the season.

“After every game you have to mentally refocus and prepare yourself fully for the upcoming game.

“When you’re in the position we’re in, it’s even tougher.

“However, we’re all professional football players and we should be able to deal with those kind of things. I think we have proved that.

“When you’re 1-0 down with 10 men then you have to have the courage and mentality in the second half to come out and press and push on, which we did – and we deserved credit for that.

“We have to do it again on Sunday. Of course, we all care and we’re all up for it.

“We’re all trying our very best in every game and it’s imperative we do it again on Sunday.”

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