Sunderland keeper prepared for Stoke test

Simon Mignolet Sunderland GoalkeeperSunderland goalkeeper Simon Mignolet has stressed that the Mackems have the resilience to deal with Stoke City’s aerial threat this weekend.

The Black Cats have already faced both Newcastle and West Ham, who are known for their physical presence, and the Belgian international believes those tests should put them in good shape for this fixture.

It was only at the death, in Sunderland’s 1-1 draw with West Ham, that their defence was finally breached after dealing with a succession of long high balls that followed Steven Fletcher’s opening goal.

Again, despite struggling as an attacking unit, defensively Sunderland managed to minimalise the threat of Newcastle going forward in the Tyne-Wear Derby on Sunday.

Mignolet went on to say as much to the Sunderland Echo stating “You know what to expect from Stoke. It’s a bit similar to Newcastle and a bit similar to West Ham.

“It’s going to be direct and we know we’ll have to defend our own box well.

“Every game is different in the Premier League. But we defended really well at West Ham and did so again against Newcastle, so we shouldn’t be worrying about it.”

The Belgian keeper insists that there is a positive mood in the Sunderland camp with the side aware that picking up points and more importantly wins could really galvanise the club’s season.

He admits the side has to do more, but elaborated to the Sunderland Echo that there is still much to play for this season, saying “Hopefully we can get some points now over the next couple of games. Then there’ll be everything to play for.”

Sunderland will be looking to secure just their 2nd win in 16 games this weekend against Stoke at the Britannia Stadium.

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