Sunderland must stand up to Hammer attack says Mignolet

MESSAGE: Simon Mignolet
MESSAGE: Simon Mignolet

SIMON Mignolet says if Sunderland are to notch their first Premier League win of the season this weekend, they will need to stand up to a physical West Ham side.

The Black Cats head to Upton Park on Saturday hoping to record a victory which would put a positive gloss on the three draws in a row which have marked the start of their campaign.

But Mignolet warns the Wearsiders will face a completely different brand of football to the silky smooth styles Arsenal, Swansea and Liverpool have offered in their encounters so far.

“We know how Sam Allardyce shapes up his team, and we know what we are going to come up against,” said the Belgium international keeper.

“There’s a balance between focusing on these things and at the same time making sure that you don’t dwell on them.

“I’m sure that in training this week we’ll be working on how to defend against their style of play.

“It’s nothing to worry about too much. We just have to concentrate on our own game.”

The Sunderland stopper was arguably his side’s man of the match in the 1-1 draw against Liverpool last Saturday, making a string of fine saves on a day when his side toiled.

But he is certain Sunderland can earn their first win this weekend.

“Liverpool came to us wanting at least a point,” he said. “They worked their socks off and I think that in the end they deserved the draw.

“Now we have West Ham and they are a decent side too, so that will be a difficult game.

“But I think we have enough quality in our team to beat them at their place.

“Up to now, we have got three draws against Arsenal, Swansea and Liverpool, so those aren’t bad results.

“We just have to work now on getting wins and climbing the table.”