Given Thinks Newcastle Defense Improving

Shay Given has come out today, and says he thinks the Newcastle defense is improving because of some hard work on the training field.

Shay Given – defense is improving because of hard work in training

Well we hope so because if we are to continue to win games like last Monday night, we have to be very tight at the back against teams such as Fulham and Wigan, who we face in our next two league games.

Shay made his 450th Newcastle appearance against Villa last Monday, a fantastic achievement, for one of the very best goalkeepers in the Premier League.

Given thinks the hard work the defense has been doing with Joe Kinnear and the Newcastle coaching staff, small though it is, on the training field, is starting to pay off.

Shay talked to nufcTV today:

“We’ve been working on things at the back and it certainly showed against Villa,”  “I thought the defenders were fantastic and limited the chances they had.”

“Young, Carew and Agbonlahor are a real handful and they dealt with the threat brilliantly.”

“But there’s still a lot of work to be done and we have to start keeping a lot more clean sheets, starting with Fulham.”

Given has been very impressed with our new Argentine center-back Fabricio Coloccini, as he talked about the Argentine International:

“I thought Colo was outstanding against Villa,” “He’s been very good for this season and I’ve been impressed.”

“He’s a top player and will only get better and better as well.”

Let’s have another strong performance on Sunday afternoon, and maybe even another clean sheet, because that has to be out first item of business, if we are to beat a hard fighting Fulham side at Craven Cottage.

Howay The Lads!

10 comments so far

  • bruTOOOON

    Nov 7, 2008 at 1:29 PM

    Comment #1

    if we can keep more clean sheet than last season then i would be happy

  • skin d

    Nov 7, 2008 at 2:04 PM

    Comment #2

    shay a hope yiz divvent let in 3 the morra after taalking wi up.

  • skin d

    Nov 7, 2008 at 2:05 PM

    Comment #3

    oops sorry sunday.

  • reillers

    Nov 7, 2008 at 2:34 PM

    Comment #4

    Given as any keeper does LOVES keeping clean sheets, the last time he did he was jumping around the dressing room like he was 5 years old on Christmas.
    Something we should have more of, clean sheets that is, and it has nothing to do with his abilities but the stupid goals we concede over and over again.

    I agree with him though the defence, *touch wood* has improven slightly, he didn’t have to roar at them half as much as he usually does.
    Taylor managed to keep an ear drum intact for once.

  • save the toon

    Nov 7, 2008 at 3:30 PM

    Comment #5

    i dont think you can blame the deence only

    let face it we give the ball away too much in cm
    witch put our defence under attack

    we beat villa because jonas helps defence
    barton passes ball nice
    duff has improved

    why we were getting beat

  • Turkish Magpie

    Nov 7, 2008 at 4:00 PM

    Comment #6

    Jonas is all we need!


    Nov 7, 2008 at 4:44 PM

    Comment #7

    I would expect so, what with two pretty decent ex defenders as coach and manager.
    Dont forget Colocinni is still adjusting to a different game, as is Enrique.
    I would also give some credit to the midfield, even the forwards, who have both tracked back and attacked high, forcing the defenders and goalie to play the long ball (a 50-50 ball) often conceeding possession.
    Its certainly a while since I have seen a Newcastle team put out the effort this team has lately.
    Which begs the question, Is Joe some motivator?

  • Bob

    Nov 7, 2008 at 6:00 PM

    Comment #8

    Apparently Joe Kinnear lives near Arsene Wenger and used to visit Arsenal training sessions regularly and pick up tips etc.

    He became known as an excellent talent spotter and was actually about to be taken on as a scout for Arsenal.

    –> in this week’s Football Weekly podcast (from the Guardian).

  • Leo

    Nov 7, 2008 at 6:09 PM

    Comment #9

    i just hope that colo doesnt get bought in the summer and we can get some more people like him in


    Nov 7, 2008 at 7:31 PM

    Comment #10

    Prehaps D. wise should make the trip to Hampden Park, check out the rest of the Argentinos, could come up with another


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