Joe Kinnear cannot be far wrong when he says that Newcastle United have the best goalkeeper in the Premier League in Shay Given.
The fact that Shay is an Irishman like Joe himself, has nothing to do with it of course, but Shay has come back to his very best this season, no doubt about that, after having a torrid time with injuries in the last couple of seasons.
Shay is still to miss even a minute for Newcastle United this season, like Fabricio Coloccini, and his experience and brilliance shone through for Newcastle on Saturday, when he helped steady Newcastle’s defense and made the great saves when called upon.
Not surprisingly Joe Kinnear is quick to praise his goalkeeper who Irish manager Giovanni Trapattoni, has said is as good as Italy’s fabulous Gianluigi Buffon, to anybody who will listen to him.
Joe said today:
“He’s the best goalkeeper in the league, no doubt,” “When you need great goalkeepers you need them to react to the unexpected and that first save from Frank Lampard was excellent.”
“He’s made another couple of good saves after that and if you’re going to get a point at places like Stamford Bridge you need goalkeepers like Shay Given.”
“But we defended fantastically well as a team and I couldn’t fault anyone.”
“I’ am very proud.”
Joe can have the satisfaction of managing a Newcastle side who put up one of their best fighting performances at Chelsea on Saturday, and it wasn’t as if Chelsea missed a boatload of chances either, as the lads in front of Shay Given did their job brilliantly.
An unlikely point that has given (excuse the pun) Newcastle fans a tremendous lift, when we least expected it.