Shay Given thinks the excellent win over Valencia last Saturday, will give the lads the confidence they need, when they go to Old Trafford next Sunday, for the start of this seasonsâ€™ Premier league.
Shay Given – confidence high in Newcastle camp
It turns out that Steve Harper was supposed to start the game on Saturday, but suffered a slight injury and so Shay stepped in and played the full game.
Weâ€™re still not sure who will start against Manchester United, since Kevin Keegan has still not played his hand on this one yet.
Given talked about last Saturdayâ€™s game:
“If you reeled off their whole team, they are all big names in Europe.â€
“They have a fantastic team, and even the ones who came off the bench are well known international players.â€
“It’s a nice boost for us. We know that pre-season games aren’t the most important thing, but it’s given us some confidence going to Manchester United next week.â€
“We had only won at Hartlepool before Valencia, but now we’re building up to Sunday.â€
“The pre-season games are about fitness and we have to be ready to rock at Old Trafford.”
Given must be delighted with the way his Irish team-mate Damien Duff is playing right now, and the Irishman is showing his best form ever at Newcastle.
Duffâ€™s great header after 78 minutes cancelled out Joaquin Sanchez’s first-half goal, and James Milner struck in injury time, to give Newcastle a hard-fought and fully deserved win.
“We’re delighted to get a win over a good team,”
“The winner was late in coming, but better late than never.â€
“We really worked hard in the game and deserved our win in the end.”
The real challenge starts on Sunday for the lads, and as we’ve said before, anything but a loss will be a win for us.
We must get a good start to the season, and make it one that really counts, because it’s so important for the Newcastle club that we do very well this season.