Sunderland keeper Mignolet backing Fletcher to take frustration out on Newcastle

Sunderland goalkeeper Simon Mignolet believes Steven Fletcher will take his Scotland frustration out on Newcastle United today.

Sunderland goalkeeper Simon Mignolet believes Steven Fletcher will take his Scotland frustration out on Newcastle United today.

Mignolet was on the Belgium bench on Tuesday as ­Fletcher’s side lost 2-0, to leave their hopes of going to Brazil dangling by a thread after just four qualifiers.

But the Black Cats stopper expects his team-mate to bounce back after scoring five goals in his first six games for the club.

Mignolet said: “Steven was disappointed and shot off really quickly, while we were celebrating the win.

“I spoke to him when I got back and he said we ­deserved to win. It wasn’t easy for him as a lone striker for Scotland against four or five defenders.

“Hopefully, he’ll take his frustrations out on Newcastle, but I was worried at one stage when he went down injured.

“But it’s not only up to Steven – the whole team have to get goals. We can’t put too much pressure on him.”

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