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.
Shay Given – Newcastle goalkeeper relieved after Wednesday’s great display
Let’s take a look at what our experienced goalkeeper has been saying:
â€œThe performance against Arsenal proved that everyone is united, that weâ€™re sticking together and that weâ€™re all behind the manager,â€ â€œThatâ€™s what has to happen to get this club moving forward again.â€
â€œThere 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 thatâ€™s the case.â€
â€œThereâ€™s so much speculation, but there always is here. Itâ€™s the same at all big clubs. But everyone showed that weâ€™re behind him and that we all want to move the club forward.â€
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 didnâ€™t beat Arsenal he would be fired. Well, we didnâ€™t beat Arsenal and Sanâ€™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 theyâ€™ll run the same stories again. It really is a bit of a pain to have to keep reading this rubbish.
â€œWeâ€™re relieved to have stopped the losing sequence at home,â€ â€œThe 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.â€
â€œTheir reaction is a positive thing. Iâ€™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.â€
â€œThe pressure is always there at big clubs,â€ â€œWe need to do the same against Birmingham because itâ€™s a massive game. We have to ensure we get the same work rate and the same attitude from everyone. Weâ€™ve shown what we can do and how we can play, we canâ€™t duck below that at the weekend. We have to have the same performance from everyone.â€
â€œThe feeling is a lot different. Everyone was much happier after the game. There was disappointment that we didnâ€™t beat Arsenal. But we can take great heart from the fact that we were the better team.â€ â€œAfter the huge disappointment there has been in the last couple of home games, we all went home happier. Weâ€™ve been going home as disappointed as the supporters but this was better.â€
â€œEveryone 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.â€ â€œWeâ€™ve got to give the fans credit. They were magnificent. Weâ€™ve been booed recently, and the fans had every right to do that, but we got a standing ovation, which is great for us.â€ â€œIt just gives the lads more confidence and belief, which is what we need.â€
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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