Shay Given knows as well as anybody that Newcastle just have to start keeping more clean sheets.
Itâ€™s now 7 games since we kept our last clean sheet and we have only two of them in the first 10 games in the league.
Thatâ€™s just not good enough â€“ and everybody knows that. But Shay also said we could have grabbed all 3 points – after we equalized on Saturday – and he’s so right about that.
Shay Given – we had chance to win the game after the equalizer – he’s so right!
Shay Given talked to the Newcastle Evening Chronicle yesterday about the disappointing Reading display:
â€œIf you get a clean sheet away from home, youâ€™ve always got a chance to win the game.â€
â€œWeâ€™ve not been able to do that for such a long time. Itâ€™s very disappointing for the keepers â€“ both Steve Harper and I â€“ that we havenâ€™t been able to do that.â€
â€œWe are working on it, even after the Tottenham game. We still need to improve, and weâ€™re working hard to try and climb the table.â€
It couldnâ€™t have been a good day for Shay since his young Irish colleague Shane Long grabbed the Reading winner literally within seconds of coming on. Also Givenâ€™s international colleague Kevin Doyle had an excellent game up front for Reading all afternoon.
â€œWe didnâ€™t play very well, but looking at the game as a whole â€“ going 1-0 down and getting back into it â€“ sometimes you donâ€™t play well, but you think â€˜weâ€™ll take a pointâ€™.â€
â€œIt looked like we were going to go on to win the game, as they were backing off, and we were coming into the game.â€ â€œWeâ€™re extremely disappointed with the second goal â€“ it was just a long ball.â€
â€œWe should have cleared it on the edge of the box, and for the second ball, the guyâ€™s just come off the bench and heâ€™s free in the middle of the goal.â€
â€œTo be fair, we didnâ€™t play that well, and having got back into the game it was disappointing to concede with five or six minutes to go.â€
Heâ€™s right about possibly winning the game. Once Duberry gave us a goal it looked like there was only one team that could win it â€“ and that was the Magpies. But stupid goals kill teams and once we let that second goal in, that was it â€“ a possible 3 points thrown away â€“ even if we didnâ€™t deserve even one.