Shay Given had one of his best games of the season for the Magpies at Chelsea on Saturday and kept Newcastle in the game with some excellent saves.
Shay Given – played very well for Newcastle at Chelsea
Shay has talked to Newcastle World TV today, and says that manager Sam Allardyce has urged his players to produce their best form in every game they play. That’s the sign of true professionalism, and all good teams like Manchester United, Arsenal and the like, have a level of play they hardly ever dip below. And even when they don’t play well, those teams nearly always manage to get a result.
Shay said today:
“We’ve played very well in the second-half and we’re gutted not to have taken at least a point,” “It’s a cruel blow so late in the game after we’ve worked so hard to get the equalizer and then perhaps could’ve won it.”
“The gaffer is trying to find that level of consistency from the team no matter who we are playing.” “In that respect there are a lot of positives to take and we have to build on that.”
“We’ve got Man City at home on Wednesday and we have to roll our sleeves up and try to produce a performance as good as the Chelsea game.”
“It’s a night time match and they are always special at St.James’ Park so hopefully with the fans behind us we’ll get a win to kick-off the New Year.”
Certainly it seems consistency is the name of the game, because Newcastle have played very well in some games – like against Arsenal and Chelsea. But in other games, and unfortunately against teams below us in the league, the team has put in some terrible performances. The displays against Derby County and Wigan Athletic were just hopeless.
Newcastle deserved at least a draw in London over the weekend, although we cannot complain too much since we did win two games recently in the very last minute, and these things tend to even themselves out.
If we can produce the level of performance we gave on Saturday on a much more regular basis, and play more attacking football along with it, we should be relatively OK this season. And if we can get a few good players in during the January transfer window, that certainly will not hurt the situation.
Comments and opinions always welcomed.