Sunderland keeper Mignolet blasts ‘stupid’ West Ham leveller

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SIMON Mignolet labelled West Ham’s last-gasp leveller as “stupid” after his goalkeeping heroics failed to culminate in Sunderland’s first win of the campaign.

Belgian stopper Mignolet was set to be the Black Cats’ hero at Upton Park after his stunning first-half save to deny Kevin Nolan put Martin O’Neill’s side on course for three points.

But former Newcastle skipper Nolan had the last laugh after he swept the ball home on the turn in the third minute of stoppage time to cancel out Steven Fletcher’s opener.

Mignolet said: “I was pretty pleased with it (the save) 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.”

Sunderland are still to taste victory in the Premier League this season after drawing each of their opening four games.

Although Mignolet is quick to point out that Sunderland are yet to suffer a defeat, the 24-year-old admits that O’Neill’s men should have become the first team to win at Upton Park since the Hammers returned to the top flight.

He added: “It’s a tough balance. We’re unbeaten towards the end of September so that’s very positive, but we haven’t been able to get our 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.

“If they (West Ham) 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 there this season and we were very close to getting the three points.”

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