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Neville stunned by Mignolet save

19 March 2012-PA Sport

Sunderland's Simon Mignolet produced a stunning double-save to deny Everton (Getty Images)

Everton captain Phil Neville thought John Heitinga had put the Toffees into the semi-finals of the FA Cup before Sunderland goalkeeper Simon Mignolet produced a stunning double save to force a replay.

Mignolet saved from Heitinga and Nikica Jelavic in quick succession as time ran out in a full-blooded quarter-final clash at Goodison Park that finished 1-1.

Sunderland had led early after a superb strike from Phil Bardsley but Everton replied through Tim Cahill and had the better of the chances throughout with Royston Drenthe denied a penalty and hitting the woodwork.

Neville said: "I honestly thought it was in and when the ball came back to Jela I thought he was going to score. I thought it was going to be our day.

"It wasn't to be but we are still in the hat.

"It was a great cup tie - it was full-blooded, there were lots of fouls, lots of free-kicks, lots of action, people giving their all. I suppose that is what it is all about."

Black Cats boss Martin O'Neill was simply happy still to be in the competition.

O'Neill said: "I think we started the game brilliantly, got the goal and we were playing very well.

"The equaliser knocked us back, we lost a bit of confidence with it. There was a big surge from the home crowd.

"I thought the second half could have gone either way but they pressed us more towards the end of the game. I am delighted we are still in the hat, I probably would have taken that at the start of the game.

"I thought it was a magnificent double save, really brilliant. I think if we had been beaten there I would have been really disappointed. I wouldn't have been sure we deserved to be beaten.

"I think on reflection a draw was probably a fair result."

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