Shay So Happy With Clean Sheet

Shay Given had a good, solid and confident game on Saturday at Craven Cottage, and he was the first goalkeeper at Newcastle to keep a clean sheet since the Wigan 1-0 win on September 1st, when Steve Harper was in goal. And it’s the first away clean sheet since November of last year.


Shay Given – very pleased to get clean sheet on Saturday

Seems like Shay was not aware of those statistics when he talked to the Evening Chronicle today:

“I did not realize it had been that long.” “It’s been frustrating, and it feels like that long since we’ve kept a clean sheet home or away.” “I was celebrating the clean sheet as much as the victory. I was going to do an ‘Obafemi Martins’ across the box, but I don’t think I could have managed it.”

“It was a good feeling to keep a clean sheet. It’s not just me or the defenders, the whole team should get credit for it. We defend as a team, and if we don’t do that, we won’t keep clean sheets.”

“We can build on this and hopefully keep another one against Derby on Sunday.” “We said at half-time, that if we could keep a clean sheet, we could sneak a goal. We got it very late on. The game lasted 93 minutes, and we played to the death.”

During the game on Saturday, the TV commentators kept pointing out the good plays Shay was making, and he is of course one of the very best goalkeepers in the Premiership. And we all know that Steve Harper is really good too.

Shay continued:

“You do question yourself sometimes.” You’ve got to really focus on what you do yourself, and if each player does that, the chain of the team comes together. You’ve got to keep your head sometimes.”

“To be honest, there have been a lot of screamers go past us this season.” “Even when Stevie’s played, like the goal at Derby and the Portsmouth goal, when the full-back scored a screamer.”

“You work hard all week to keep clean sheets. It’s been such a long time, and we’re just happy with the result.”

As we reflect more on the game on Saturday it’s so much better to be complaining about a win and a clean sheet – because we didn’t play well. It’s so much better doing that, than complaining we lost again. It’s all a matter of degree. 😀

Comments welcome.

6 comments so far

  • Graham

    Dec 17, 2007 at 2:15 PM

    Comment #1

    Yes it was great to win away from home – even better that we kept a clean sheet; but in all honesty Lemington Labour Club would have given us a sterner test than Fulham (mind you we weren’t any better)

    But its something to build on – and something we should hopefully repeat on Sunday against Derby – surely they wont do the double on us???

  • thelongshanks

    Dec 17, 2007 at 2:22 PM

    Comment #2

    I though cacapa played very well and rozenhal was solid enuf.Be happy when faye comes back and taylor.

    Even though are defense have been criticesed this season i think we have very good players at the back.That with time will become solid.Now we just need to work on our attack.

    Last to games were won by defender and a peno from midfielder.We need the strikers to step up and id like to see us win comfortably against derby,Smith due a goal.

    Up the toon!

  • yh

    Dec 17, 2007 at 2:59 PM

    Comment #3

    haha imagine if he did an Oba Martins and broke a few bones, lol.

  • Leo

    Dec 17, 2007 at 3:21 PM

    Comment #4

    it felt like we hadnt kept a clean sheet in years, but good to see it happening, lets continue that for the derby game not give a silly chance or two for them and put them under the cosh from the start

  • Johann

    Dec 17, 2007 at 10:10 PM

    Comment #5

    Yea Given had a good came. His first good performance imo, I really hope he keeps it up. We need it. Reminded us of him oldself

  • Charlie

    Dec 17, 2007 at 11:19 PM

    Comment #6

    At what point does Shola get another go over Viduka or Smith neither of which are scoring goals?


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