SAFC stars dedicate Wigan win to boss Steve Bruce

INJURY WOES ... Sunderland manager Steve Bruce.
INJURY WOES ... Sunderland manager Steve Bruce.

SIMON Mignolet has revealed the players wanted to dedicate their win over Wigan Athletic at the weekend to Steve Bruce, saying they felt they “owed” the manager.

And now the keeper says the team must take the next step in their debt repayment by completing a top 10 finish which would see the 2010/11 campaign labelled a success at the club.

“Our aim has always been to finish in the top 10 from the start of the season and that’s still our main target for this season,” he said.

“It’s not about whether we think we are safe now, not at all.

“We have to play our final four matches like we did against Wigan and get as high up the table as we can.

“We don’t talk about Newcastle, about finishing above them, all we talk about is finishing in the top 10 this season.”

The Belgian keeper though admits that Saturday’s result came as a massive boost, all but banishing relegation fears.

“After the defeat at Birmingham there was a sense that we had let the manager down, the fans down and the club down,” he said

“We knew that Saturday against Wigan was going to be hectic because of the build-up.

“But we all had to stay focused and compete because we knew we had the players capable of getting a result.

“That’s the thing, we always knew that we had the ability in the dressing room, we just had to prove it.

“Even during the difficult few months, we never lost our belief.

“We always thought we could turn it around and I think that showed against Wigan.

“We now have to move on to the Fulham game, forget about the last game – which was a relief – because the season is not finished yet.

“We have to make it impossible to slip back down.”