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:
â€œI did not realize it had been that long.â€ â€œItâ€™s been frustrating, and it feels like that long since weâ€™ve kept a clean sheet home or away.â€ â€œI was celebrating the clean sheet as much as the victory. I was going to do an â€˜Obafemi Martinsâ€™ across the box, but I donâ€™t think I could have managed it.â€
â€œIt was a good feeling to keep a clean sheet. Itâ€™s not just me or the defenders, the whole team should get credit for it. We defend as a team, and if we donâ€™t do that, we wonâ€™t keep clean sheets.â€
â€œWe can build on this and hopefully keep another one against Derby on Sunday.â€ â€œWe 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.â€
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.
â€œYou do question yourself sometimes.â€ Youâ€™ve got to really focus on what you do yourself, and if each player does that, the chain of the team comes together. Youâ€™ve got to keep your head sometimes.â€
â€œTo be honest, there have been a lot of screamers go past us this season.â€ â€œEven when Stevieâ€™s played, like the goal at Derby and the Portsmouth goal, when the full-back scored a screamer.â€
â€œYou work hard all week to keep clean sheets. Itâ€™s been such a long time, and weâ€™re just happy with the result.â€
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. 😀