Given – Newcastle Fans Were Magnificent


Shay Given has given an extremely long interview to the Newcastle Journal, but it looks like he’s really relieved that Newcastle were able to put in a good performance on Wednesday night, but is aware Newcastle must continue that good form against Birmingham City tomorrow. He also acknowledges the great Newcastle fans, who were just magnificent against Arsenal.

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Shay Given – Newcastle goalkeeper relieved after Wednesday’s great display


Let’s take a look at what our experienced goalkeeper has been saying:

“The performance against Arsenal proved that everyone is united, that we’re sticking together and that we’re all behind the manager,” “That’s what has to happen to get this club moving forward again.”

“There have been some bad results and when you are a big club like Newcastle, the pressure mounts on the team and on the manager. The gaffer understands that, he knows that’s the case.”

“There’s so much speculation, but there always is here. It’s the same at all big clubs. But everyone showed that we’re behind him and that we all want to move the club forward.”

Of course the popular press have had a field day in the papers with news that Sam would be sacked. Some even suggested that if Newcastle didn’t beat Arsenal he would be fired. Well, we didn’t beat Arsenal and San’s still here, and everyone seems pleased at Newcastle right now.

The tabloid press will be waiting for any slip ups from Newcastle, and then they’ll run the same stories again. It really is a bit of a pain to have to keep reading this rubbish.

Shay continued:

“We’re relieved to have stopped the losing sequence at home,” “The previous two home games were disappointing. This was a big game for us in front of a full house and it was important to put the previous two games behind us and give a real response to those two poor performances. We did that.”

“Their reaction is a positive thing. I’ve been here a long time and I understand them. Our supporters want every player to give their all and when that happens, they can see it from the stands. We worked hard for each other and gave it a good go. The fans appreciate that.”

“The pressure is always there at big clubs,” “We need to do the same against Birmingham because it’s a massive game. We have to ensure we get the same work rate and the same attitude from everyone. We’ve shown what we can do and how we can play, we can’t duck below that at the weekend. We have to have the same performance from everyone.”

“The feeling is a lot different. Everyone was much happier after the game. There was disappointment that we didn’t beat Arsenal. But we can take great heart from the fact that we were the better team.” “After the huge disappointment there has been in the last couple of home games, we all went home happier. We’ve been going home as disappointed as the supporters but this was better.”

“Everyone had written us off, and it was good to put in a great performance for the fans. The main thing was to get in amongst them, and I felt we did that.” “We’ve got to give the fans credit. They were magnificent. We’ve been booed recently, and the fans had every right to do that, but we got a standing ovation, which is great for us.” “It just gives the lads more confidence and belief, which is what we need.”

Shay Given is very ambitious and while he’s enjoyed his 10 years at the club, he has always talked of being successful with Newcastle United, and winning things. We think we are getting close to that, but we’ll know better in the next few games.

We’ll be able to see the reaction to the Arsenal result. But we expect to start winning games, and if we can do that we should be in a reasonable position in the league come January. And then we can bring in some fresh reinforcements for a continued push up the league. But wins are absolutely crucial before the end of the year – that’s for sure.
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9 comments so far

  • KudatuaFC

    Dec 7, 2007 at 11:42 AM

    Comment #1

    as long as given is playing then i am happy..

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  • Indian toon

    Dec 7, 2007 at 1:38 PM

    Comment #2

    it would be wonderful if we i’e us fans could buy player’s for the club. like each registered fan contributing money to buy a player shortlisted by the fan through the polls.

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  • aaron d

    Dec 7, 2007 at 1:54 PM

    Comment #3

    good idea but who would do that even if every 50,000 people agreed to that which is unlikely and gave £10 each thats only £500,000 and what sort of player would you get for that.

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  • Graham

    Dec 7, 2007 at 2:12 PM

    Comment #4

    Shola Ameobi!!! and we’d have enough cash left over for a scoreboard!

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  • Leo

    Dec 7, 2007 at 3:15 PM

    Comment #5

    we dont need a scoreboard, surely if your at the game u can remember the score? although the pompey game was difficult haha, well difficult to believe not count. as for people that leave early at half time, i dont think they deserve a score board, just because they want to know the socre if they cant show enough commitment to stay at watch the team till the end.

    also fans polls on who we get, and putting money towards it is a really bad idea, because then the management wouldnt have got their own choice on who we got, and they may not fit into their plans.

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  • Hadrian

    Dec 7, 2007 at 3:40 PM

    Comment #6

    we already buy the players , ive just forked out a small fortune on the son’s and my away strips , add that to sky subs , match tickets when i can . and all the other clobber .
    we are the clubs money

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  • Ross

    Dec 7, 2007 at 4:43 PM

    Comment #7

    well said hadrian.
    the fans are the club. the ridiculous prices for shirts etc, that we will all buy through the love of the club, buys the players and everything else!

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  • Graham

    Dec 7, 2007 at 5:52 PM

    Comment #8

    Calm down Leo – believe it or not it was meant to be tongue in cheek. I’m sure most Newcastle fans can count to a decent number. And if people didnt go and get their pies before the half time whistle, people like me would still be standing waiting for mine well into the 2nd half! Long may those good samaritans continue their charitable work!!

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  • Leo

    Dec 7, 2007 at 10:04 PM

    Comment #9

    to be fair graham the catering in the sports bar is really desasterous. ive sat in the normal seats and they get served soo quickly. but where i sit the people behind the bar are ok, but they must take people from pre-school special classes to work behind the tills. they are thick, if they worked efficiently then it wouldnt be needed for people to go down early and infuriating the good fans

    rant over

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