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Mignolet hopes to silence critics

By Carl Markham

Liverpool goalkeeper Simon Mignolet has shrugged off criticism aimed at him and insists he does not dwell on individual performances whether they are good or bad.

The Belgium international came under even more scrutiny after an error in the midweek Champions League tie but responded with only his third clean sheet in 25 appearances in the scrappy 1-0 win over Stoke.

Former Liverpool goalkeeper Bruce Grobbelaar last week blamed him for the Merseyside club's poor start to the campaign, criticising his inability to deal with crosses or command his area, but it has not even registered with Mignolet.

"I deal with a good performance the same as a poor performance - you have to accept it and move on," he said after Liverpool ended a three-match losing run in the league.

"What I did after the (Ludogorets) game was look forward to the next game and that is what I will do again today.

"It is always pleasing as a goalkeeper to keep a clean sheet but the most important thing is to get back to winning ways and hopefully we can build a bit of momentum now."

After an instantly forgettable first half which saw Liverpool lack any semblance of cutting edge or even an idea of how they were to break down Stoke they improved after the break.

However, Jordan Henderson, standing in for the reportedly 'rested' Steven Gerrard as captain, Raheem Sterling, Lucas Leiva and Rickie Lambert all had decent chances to score, but it was only after the visitors had hit the post through Bojan Krkic and Mignolet had produced a brilliant close-range block to deny Biram Mame Diouf that the winner came - from the most unlikely of sources.

Henderson swung in a cross for Lambert to head over goalkeeper Asmir Begovic and back off the crossbar and right-back Glen Johnson was quickest to react with a courageous, low diving header to bundle the ball over the line with just five minutes remaining.

Stoke manager Mark Hughes felt his side deserved a point with summer signing Krkic impressing.

"I thought the outstanding player was Bojan. He was unfortunate to hit the post and had an outstanding volley at the end," said the Potters boss.

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