Sunderland go head to head with rivals for top 10 finish

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Sunderland are planning to take on 10th placed Newcastle as the Black Cats aim for the top half of the Barclays Premier League Table, according to goalkeeper Simon Mignolet.

“It’s not about whether we think we are safe now, not at all. Our aim has always been to finish in the top ten from the start of the season and that’s still our main target for this season,” the Sunderland goalkeeper said.

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


Mignolet wouldn’t enter into a debate over whether Sunderland are aiming to take over cross town rivals Newcastle as the season comes to an end.

“We don’t talk about Newcastle, finishing above them, all we are looking at is finishing in the top ten this season,” Mignolet insisted.

But Newcastle currently sit in the coveted 10th place on the Barclays Premier League table, and Sunderland will be looking to knock their northern neighbours off the perch with a win against Fulham.

And with only nine goal difference points separating Sunderland from Newcastle, should the Black Cats win this weekend, a move to the top half of the table could be on the cards.

Mignolet said that after the 4-2 win against Wigan last weekend, Sunderland will be looking to improve on their good form.

“We now have to move on to the Fulham game, forget about the last game, which was a relief, because it (the season) still isn’t finished yet,” Mignolet said.

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

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Simon Mignolet
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