Simon Mignolet praised the way Liverpool cast aside the disappointment of conceding a controversial goal against West Ham United to press on and pick up a precious 2-1 win at Upton Park on Sunday.

Steven Gerrard handed the Reds a lead in the capital after trickery from Luis Suarez forced James Tomkins into conceding a penalty in the 44th minute and the skipper stepped up to sweep home.

However, moments later, controversy was unfolding at the other end. Mignolet raced out to claim Mark Noble's corner, collided with Andy Carroll in mid-air and Guy Demel tapped home the equaliser.

The referee and linesman were locked in discussion before the former indicated a goal for the Hammers and the scores were levelled at 1-1.

Mignolet was downbeat, but not for long. Words from Brendan Rodgers at half-time and a tweak in formation revitalised the Reds, before Gerrard slotted again with 19 minutes remaining to seal the win.

"It was very important that we moved on quickly from the goal," Mignolet told "There was still 45 minutes to play to get the result we wanted.

"Sometimes these things might dwell on you personally and over the team for the rest of the game. On a personal level, it helped that I was called into action straight away after the break to regain my focus and forget what happened.

"I think everybody saw clearly that I was fouled when I collected the ball. I'll never judge a decision made by a referee because I know how difficult their job is, but I think this is a great example of why we might need to think about bringing video images into the game to help the referees out in these situations.

"I think the debate between the linesman and the referee after the incident on Sunday took longer [than video images]. Also the consequences of an illegal goal weigh up a lot more against those five extra minutes. Luckily, in this instance, it didn't change the outcome of the game.

"By drawing or even losing the game, it would have stopped our good run going, at least two points would have been dropped and it would have been a major setback mentally. Now it's only one goal more conceded and a clean sheet less."

Sam Allardyce's side, as expected, provided tough opposition on the day, but Liverpool were determined to keep their calm and maintain possession for long spells in the game.


The win moved Rodgers' men back to the Barclays Premier League summit, two points clear of Chelsea with five games remaining and a crunch clash against Manchester City at Anfield on Sunday up next.

"It's a big opportunity to look forward to," said Mignolet. "We will prepare ourselves again in the same manner we have done all season. And then we will try and do our best again at the weekend to put in a good performance.

"You know when you play away from home in the Premier League every game is difficult. Especially when you play against a team in form like West Ham, who picked up some good results in recent weeks.

"So I was very pleased after the game with the response and mentality we showed both individually and as a team to get the result.

"Every game is important at this stage of the season so with this win we can keep our good run going. Three points is the only thing that matters in these games."