Sunderland keeper Mignolet still establishing himself

Simon Mignolet
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SIMON Mignolet completed his season at the weekend firmly established as Sunderland’s number one and with the mini-milestone of more than 50 Premier League appearances under his belt.

But the level-headed 23-year-old says he has a long way to go before he can feel he is confirmed as a recognised Premier League keeper.

“It’s way too early for me to say that I have shown people in England that I am a top goalkeeper,” he suggested.

“I learn new things in every game and in every day’s training.

“I have had so many great experiences and if I do make a mistake then I’m always determined to get better – that’s the most important thing.

“I have played 50-odd Premier League games but even after that number you can’t say you’re established.

“There is a lot more to come from me and I will continue to work hard.”

Mignolet’s hard work since he arrived in England from St Truiden just under two years ago has paid rich dividends with the Belgian rising to be become his country’s number one on the back of some excellent performances in Sunderland colours.

At the weekend, he was at it again, pulling off a string of great saves against Manchester United, including one stunning one-handed save to palm a Ryan Giggs rocket over his crossbar.

He was reluctant to take too much credit though on what was a day of disappointment for Sunderland, who ended their 2011-12 season with a defeat at the Stadium of Light.

“I was lucky,” he said of his display.

“You have to be lucky as a goalkeeper when you are playing Manchester United.

“That’s what I’m there for.

“I am in the team to make saves so I don’t want to give myself a pat on the back – when you have lost the game it’s hard to do that.

“Sometimes saves look more spectacular than other ones but the big thing for me is that we lost.

“That’s not something you want to do in the last home match of the season.

“We had a big home crowd and we wanted to finish on a high.

“That was so important for us.

“I know it was a big day for Manchester United who really wanted to win, for obvious reasons, but so did we.”