Given’s Brilliant Save from Young Was So Vital To Win

Shay Given celebrated his 450th appearance for Newcastle United last night, with a fantastic victory over Aston Villa in a game Shay admits was massive for our club.

Shay Given – magnificent save in his 450th appearance for the club

Newcastle saw all the results go against them over the weekend, but it’s always what you do for your own survival that is the most important thing. You cannot affect the other games.  We started the game bottom of the league but finished the game in 14th position, a move of six places – going up.

Oba Martin’s magnificent first goal put us on track and then a little piece of magic from Argentine Jonas Gutierrez set up Oba’s second goal, and the clean sheet was our first since we beat Bolton 1-0 back on August 26th.

Shay talked to nufcTV this morning:

“The most important thing was the win and that was massive for us,” “We played very well as a team and deserved the three points.”

“They’re a good team and are doing well so to get the win was huge because we’d found ourselves at the bottom going into the game which wasn’t nice.”

“Credit to Oba it was a great first goal and he’s added the second which gave us that cushion we needed.”

Given was asked about his clean sheet and he continued:

“It’s been a while, I must admit, but it’s great to keep a clean sheet,” “It’s something to build on because we’d like to keep a lot more clean sheets.”

Given had made a terrific point-blank save from Ashley Young with the game still goalless in the first half, and it’s hard to under-estimate the importance of Given’s brilliant save to keep the scores level.

Shay continued:

“It was nice to keep it out because had they gone one up then it could have been different,”

“But if we do our job at the back then we know we’ve got the players to grab a goal at the other end.”

The 32-year-old Irishman has now moved within just 46 appearances of Jimmy Lawrence’s club record of 496 appearances, and with his excellent form this season, fingers crossed, he will overcome that target fairly easily next season, all being well.

Shay continued:

“It wasn’t about me playing my 450th game, it was about the club because it was a huge game to get us out of the bottom three,”

“Now we have to look to the next game at Fulham and try to make it three wins on the spin.”

Goalkeeper had never been a weakness for our team since Shay made his debut in August, 1997, when we beat Sheffield Wednesday 2-1 at St. James’ Park.

And Shay, at just 32 years old, seems to be as good as ever.

15 comments so far

  • sweendog

    Nov 4, 2008 at 12:10 PM

    Comment #1

    Great save shay .. top class keeper.

  • neeraj

    Nov 4, 2008 at 12:14 PM

    Comment #2

    over the years
    he has been our one man defense

    great game given….
    congrats on 450….
    hope u make 500 pretty soon

  • Punk Skunk

    Nov 4, 2008 at 12:21 PM

    Comment #3

    Well done to Shay for reachin’ 450 last nite & one great save, not as spectacular as some, but still very important…He did kick 29/30 times tho’, ho’way Shay, play it out to the back 4 sometimes, you know it makes sense!..

    …Again, Well done, Geordie Legend!..

  • sirjasontoon

    Nov 4, 2008 at 12:23 PM

    Comment #4

    Top Man Mr Given….you are the Daddy : )

  • Kevin Nichol

    Nov 4, 2008 at 12:37 PM

    Comment #5

    Thoroughly underated in my opinion; evrywhere other than on tyneside! If given were at a man utd or a chelsea he’d be the number one in europe! I believe Trappatoni as said as much to the italian press and even urged milan/juve to sign him!

    Hands off!!!! He is our number 1 and will be for many more years to come hopefully!

  • KK FOREVER (Ross)

    Nov 4, 2008 at 12:40 PM

    Comment #6

    punk skunk-if im honest mate, idunno if i’d trust players like enrique or taylor taking the ball at the back and trying to work it up the field, there’s a 50/50 chance they’d just hoof a long ball and lose it at the other end, or lose it on the edge of the 18 yarder!

  • A.L. 9

    Nov 4, 2008 at 12:56 PM

    Comment #7

    Punk Skunk spot on mate, I hate it when he hoofs it up field unless were on the counter, 1/2 the time you just lose possesion, both Enrique and Colo are very good and the ball and are neat passers, get it to one of them 2 (providing Enrique doesn’t dwindle on the ball) and then they can give it to the midfield, if theres nothing going on in midfield, then hoof it toward the strikers. It’s reasons like that bothe City and Stoke hammered us in possesion.

  • ToonKing

    Nov 4, 2008 at 1:14 PM

    Comment #8

    No need to talk about Shay lads……..he’s the best keeper alive…now let’s move on talk about the other players……..

  • Will

    Nov 4, 2008 at 1:55 PM

    Comment #9

    who cares about his long balls, he makes at least one world-class save a game. he has saved us so many times.


    Nov 4, 2008 at 2:57 PM

    Comment #10

    Have to say everyone played hard, midfield tracking back ran their legs off ,making it look easy for the defence, who also gave their all.
    Shea kept us in the game as usual (despite “the hoofers” criticism) and both Shola and Martins
    gave fits to the Villa defence and are finally begining to gel as an attacking force.
    Dont know what JK said to inspire them , but have`nt seen this kind of effort, well.. since the Everton game actually.
    Keep playing like this and who knows where we will end up.
    Congratulations guys for the all out effort, I am sure a majority of fans recognized it for what it was.

  • xfer

    Nov 4, 2008 at 3:46 PM

    Comment #11

    I wont trade him for anyone else.

  • reillers

    Nov 4, 2008 at 4:47 PM

    Comment #12

    Great player, one of, if not the best keepers in Europe. Great servant for Newcastle and Ireland over the years, and importantly which seems to be totally missing from the Premiership’s “stars” he’s an absolute gent, dead on. He’s been absolutely fantastic for us over the years and has kept us going for so many years and long let it continue.

    On another note, PunkSkunk, I don’t see how you don’t get it, you’ve brought it up more then a wee few times, he’s following orders, Joe’s style, it’s as clear as day that he’s a long ball manager. It’s nothing to do with what Shay or we want for that matter. He hoofs it up the field cause that’s what he’s told to do.

    He looks like he prefers to roll it out, well that’s what he tended to do in the sheer caous that was Stan’s reign, he rolled the ball out a lot to try and start attacks quickly from there, now maybe that’s because he was told to, or took initiative because of the like of direction.

    Or it could be because he trusts his Irish backs alot more then his clubs backs, which I wouldn’t blame him for.

    But he’s not just doing it on a whim. They’re not his tactics.

  • greg

    Nov 4, 2008 at 5:27 PM

    Comment #13

    anyone seen this though?

    dirty harry tapping up via the media

  • Raghav

    Nov 4, 2008 at 6:03 PM

    Comment #14

    given is newcastle .he aint going nowhere,who so ever the club may me be he ois true newcastle legend.

  • ronaldeano

    Nov 4, 2008 at 6:22 PM

    Comment #15

    That article is the biggest load of tripe i have ever read.

    It says he wants to go to a bigger and more successful team than NUFC??, and they are linking him with SPURS!!!!

    What a joke!

    Not only are spurs a smaller club than us, IMO Given would be more than happy on Tyneside where he lives happily with his wife and kids, and help the club he loves win a trophy.

    Why would Shay want to uproot and go to London and live amongst a load of mongs that stab eachother for tabs? 😀

    Shay is going nowhere!!!!!!


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