Mignolet urges Sunderland to get cup exit out of system at Anfield

Goalkeeper Simon Mignolet is expecting a big response to Sunderland's Carling Cup exit when they head for Liverpool on Saturday.

Sunderland slipped out of the competition at the hands of Premier League strugglers West Ham last night despite the best efforts of the 22-year-old Belgian. He pulled off a string of fine saves as the much-changed Hammers took the game to their hosts at the Stadium of Light, although his heroics proved insufficient to see them through on an evening when his team-mates were unable to match his excellence.

That came as a major disappointment just three days after Steve Bruce's side had deservedly held Arsenal on Wearside. Now, having passed up the chance of an extended run in a competition their manager firmly believed they could win, Sunderland return to league action with a tough trip to Liverpool on Saturday knowing they have not even scored at Anfield for a decade.

Mignolet said: "It's a huge game against Liverpool at Anfield with all the history the stadium has, so the preparation for that game is far easier than for last night's. Hopefully we will get something out of that because the last games we have played against the top teams, we have managed to get some points out of them. Hopefully we will do that on Saturday again."

Had it not been for Mignolet, the visitors would have been home and dry by half-time. He had already made a vital double save from Victor Obinna and then Frédéric Piquionne when the Frenchman rounded him to score the opening goal 10 minutes before the break.

Mignolet then denied Scott Parker to set the stage for record signing Asamoah Gyan to mark his first start for the club with his second goal six minutes later. He saved again from substitute Carlton Cole deep into injury time, but by that point, Obinna had fired the Hammers back in front after Parker and Pablo Barrera had combined to leave the keeper exposed once again.

Bruce later admitted his side had been flat after he opted to retain nine of the men who had fought so hard for a result against the Gunners, although Mignolet was making no excuses. He said: "When you are a professional player, every single game you play at this level you have to be happy you are playing. Every single time we go out, we have to run for the ball and we have to prepare for that game. Everybody was disappointed after the game that we didn't put ourselves in the next round.

"All credit to West Ham, they didn't make it easy. The played the ball around well, they created chances and they scored two. They kept the ball and we had difficulties. We have to be honest about that and say OK, they were the better team."

The Hammers were indebted to Parker, who turned in an inspired individual display to orchestrate his side's challenge and illustrate exactly why the club were so keen to retain his services when suitors came calling during the summer. Manager Avram Grant said: "We did everything to keep Scott Parker in the team. Our financial situation, everybody knows, so part of our vision for the club was to take players who are hungry to play, like you saw last night with Victor Obinna and Pablo Barrera and other players who are very hungry to play.

"They want to develop and they will develop along with the club. But alongside them, we needed players who are very positive players who give everything and with good, positive experience. Scott is the best example of that."

Sunderland's disappointment was compounded by hamstring injuries to Anton Ferdinand, Kieran Richardson and Gyan, although the striker, who also took a knock to the ribs, is not as much of a doubt for the weekend as the two defenders.

Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?
Caption competition
Caption competition
  • Get to the point
Latest stories from i100
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?

Bleacher Report

Daily Quiz
Independent Dating
and  

By clicking 'Search' you
are agreeing to our
Terms of Use.

Day In a Page

General Election 2015: Ed Miliband's unlikely journey from hapless geek to heart-throb

Miliband's unlikely journey from hapless geek to heart-throb

He was meant to be Labour's biggest handicap - but has become almost an asset
General Election 2015: A guide to the smaller parties, from the the National Health Action Party to the Church of the Militant Elvis Party

On the margins

From Militant Elvis to Women's Equality: a guide to the underdogs standing in the election
Amr Darrag: Ex-Muslim Brotherhood minister in exile still believes Egypt's military regime can be replaced with 'moderate' Islamic rule

'This is the battle of young Egypt for the future of our country'

Ex-Muslim Brotherhood minister Amr Darrag still believes the opposition can rid Egypt of its military regime and replace it with 'moderate' Islamic rule, he tells Robert Fisk
Why patients must rely less on doctors: Improving our own health is the 'blockbuster drug of the century'

Why patients must rely less on doctors

Improving our own health is the 'blockbuster drug of the century'
Sarah Lucas is the perfect artist to represent Britain at the Venice Biennale

Flesh in Venice

Sarah Lucas has filled the British pavilion at the Venice Biennale with slinky cats and casts of her female friends' private parts. It makes you proud to be a woman, says Karen Wright
11 best anti-ageing day creams

11 best anti-ageing day creams

Slow down the ageing process with one of these high-performance, hardworking anti-agers
Juventus 2 Real Madrid 1: Five things we learnt, including Iker Casillas is past it and Carlos Tevez remains effective

Juventus vs Real Madrid

Five things we learnt from the Italian's Champions League first leg win over the Spanish giants
Ashes 2015: Test series looks a lost cause for England... whoever takes over as ECB director of cricket

Ashes series looks a lost cause for England...

Whoever takes over as ECB director of cricket, says Stephen Brenkley
Fishing for votes with Nigel Farage: The Ukip leader shows how he can work an audience as he casts his line to the disaffected of Grimsby

Fishing is on Nigel Farage's mind

Ukip leader casts a line to the disaffected
Who is bombing whom in the Middle East? It's amazing they don't all hit each other

Who is bombing whom in the Middle East?

Robert Fisk untangles the countries and factions
China's influence on fashion: At the top of the game both creatively and commercially

China's influence on fashion

At the top of the game both creatively and commercially
Lord O’Donnell: Former cabinet secretary on the election and life away from the levers of power

The man known as GOD has a reputation for getting the job done

Lord O'Donnell's three principles of rule
Rainbow shades: It's all bright on the night

Rainbow shades

It's all bright on the night
'It was first time I had ever tasted chocolate. I kept a piece, and when Amsterdam was liberated, I gave it to the first Allied soldier I saw'

Bread from heaven

Dutch survivors thank RAF for World War II drop that saved millions
Britain will be 'run for the wealthy and powerful' if Tories retain power - Labour

How 'the Axe' helped Labour

UK will be 'run for the wealthy and powerful' if Tories retain power