Shay Given has wanted to win trophies at Newcastle for many years, and doesnâ€™t have one at the moment. But Shay is forever hopeful that one day he will play in a Newcastle team that can win something â€“ anything.
Shay Given – taking nothing for granted on Sunday
The 31-year-old Irish goalkeeper however, is taking nothing for granted on Sunday, especially when Derby Countyâ€™s only win of the season came against the Magpies at Pride Park in mid-September.
Given told the Shields Gazette this morning:
“It’s a home game against Derby, and people will say ‘it’s an easy three points.” “But we’ve got to focus on doing the right things and playing the right football. And if we get three points next week, it’ll really push us on.â€
“We’ll be looking up the table, rather than looking over our shoulders. You’re down when the results aren’t right. Liverpool and Portsmouth at home weren’t good games, and the dressing room was extremely low.â€
“Players thrive on confidence, and the victories we’ve had and the draw against Arsenal have given us all a lift.â€ “We fought right to the death, against Fulham and Birmingham, and deserved the three points.”
Steve Harper played in goal that night at Pride Park, and had a wonder goal from Kenny Johnson fly past him after 39 minutes. But Kenny hasnâ€™t scored since then, and Shay Given was apparently watching that game from the sidelines. It was Newcastle’s very first competitive defeat under the reign of Sam Allardyce.
The 85 times capped Republic of Ireland international added:
“It was just a shocking game from everyone.â€ It was a bad performance, and we’ve got to put that right on Sunday. With Paul Jewell firing them up, it won’t be easy.”
It certainly looks like the Newcastle players who have been interviewed before tomorrow’s game understand it will not be as easy as it looks. But wouldn’t it be nice to score a couple of early goals, like we did at Bolton, and almost have the game wrapped up by half time. Then the fans can really celebrate Christmas in the second half, and go back to their homes and enjoy Christmas with their families.
We’re hoping the lads can make that happen tomorrow.
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