Simon Mignolet does not expect Sunderland's showing in the upcoming Wear-Tyne derby to be affected by their first defeat of the season.
The reigning Premier League champions took the Black Cats apart 3-0 at the Etihad Stadium on Saturday, with Joe Hart barely troubled in the home net. But Mignolet insists it will be a completely different scenario when Sunderland host Newcastle at the Stadium of Light after the international break.
He told the Sunderland Echo: "Joe Hart only made one really good save from the (Steven) Fletcher header, but it's a totally different game when you play Newcastle at home than away at the Etihad against Manchester City. "It's a different game and we'll try to do our very best to get a result against Newcastle. "We have to move on from this now. It's a game away to Manchester City and that's never going to be an easy one and we've got a very important home game when we come back from the international break. "We can't dwell on things and hopefully we come back fresh and fit and get a good result against Newcastle at home."
Mignolet made some crucial saves to prevent City adding to their haul as the match wore on, but the 24-year-old had no answer to Aleksandar Kolarov's well-taken free-kick after just five minutes. The keeper, now with the Belgian squad ahead of their upcoming World Cup qualifiers, added:
"I lined my wall up and he hits it over the wall. If he hits it in the top corner, you can't really say much. "I spoke to (City captain) Vincent Kompany after the game and he said he does it every day in training. He's really good at that. But as a goalkeeper, you're disappointed with any goal you concede. When you start the game, you want to do well, but if you concede an early goal, it's even tougher."
"It wasn't the best to start the game in that way and after that, Manchester City were on top for the rest of the game. From then on, they played some really good football and created some good chances. We couldn't really do anything about that. "I don't think my performance is really important. We lost the game, that's the main thing and you can't be happy when you concede three goals. City put us under a lot of pressure and pressed very high up the pitch." "But we weren't at our best either."