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Manager also praises Gunners shot-stopper Szczesny

Sunderland boss Steve Bruce heaped praise on goalkeeper Simon Mignolet after his side picked up an impressive 0-0 draw against Arsenal at the Emirates.

The Black Cats claimed a surprise point in London after a resilient defensive display, but at times had to rely on their Belgian international shot-stopper to keep the scores level.

Bruce was highly impressed with Mignolet, who is currently keeping Scotland goalkeeper Craig Gordon out of the starting XI due to his consistent form.

“You need your goalkeeper to play well, which he did, and it was a bit hairy with 10 or 15 minutes to go,” Bruce said to Sky Sports.
 
“He's had a fantastic first season. I think he played the first 11 or 12 games having come out of the Belgian First Division when he's only 22-years-old.

“We know what he's capable of in training because we watch him but he looked very assured and when he's produced a performance like he has today, that'll give him great confidence going forward.”

Bruce also had kind words for the man between the posts for the Gunners, after Wojciech Szczesny recovered well from his League Cup final nightmare to make a vital save from Danny Welbeck.

He stated: “Their goalkeeper produced a great save - after what happened last week I'm pleased for him - not pleased that he saved it - but football is cruel.

“He lost a cup final last week and he'll have been beating himself up but he's made a great save and kept Arsenal in the match today.

“In the first half in particular we gave as good as we got. We've got that resilience back, which is what we've lost the past two or three weeks.

“The reason that we've had a good season is our ability to keep a clean sheet and hit people on the break with the pace we've got in the team.”

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