Again I pick a spotlight on a goalkeeper against Liverpool. Honestly I have nothing against the Reds, it’s just recently they have been up against some quality Goalkeeping This time they were up against the impressive Simon Mignolet, the Sunderland AFC Goalkeeper.
The previous week Simon Mignolet was drawing the plaudits for his form the previous week in the derby match against Newcastle United, saving a Demba Ba penalty. However that week he ended up disappointed as he was to concede to a last gasp goal from Shola Ameobi .[http://www.sportinglife.com/football/premiership/news/story_get.cgi?STORY_NAME=soccer/12/03/05/SOCCER_Sunderland_Nightlead.html&BID=312]
Despite being frustrated by the Tyne and Wear derby, he remained upbeat for the match against Liverpool and as seen was resolute in the goal to numerous efforts from Liverpool.
It’s funny really as, like many Goalkeepers, this wasn’t actually the position that he started his playing career in… For, Mignolet was actually a midfielder! However, like many players of a young age who go through personal changes and growth spurts, this hampered his development. So instead of being given time to improve he was released by his local club for not making the grade. Although this didn’t deter Mignolet who not only still played for fun, found a new position… Goalkeeping. Which six years after being released saw him playing in the Premiership. Midfields loss is most certainly Goalkeepings gain!
Mignolet speaks to the Sunday Sun: http://www.sundaysun.co.uk/sport/sunderland-afc/safc-news/2012/03/11/simon-mignolet-has-become-the-no-1-for-safc-fans-79310-30505994/
Craig Gordon, Sunderland’s big signing from Hearts in 2007 for a British transfer record of £9m. Has recently spoke of his frustrations at not getting in the team [http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sport/football/article-2111530/Craig-Gordon-wants-Sunderland-No-1-spot-back.html], but we can see the reason why, with Mignolet in the form that he is in! Martin O’Neill’s new team have become solid at the back and a big part of any good defence is a great Goalkeeper… Keep up the great work Mignolet! 😉