Thursday 18 January 2018

Given gets nod to start by Sherwood

SHAY Given has been promised a starting role in Aston Villa's FA Cup clash with Liverpool tomorrow, a decision which is a boost for Martin O'Neill and his plans for the June Euro 2016 qualifier at home to Scotland.

Villa boss Tim Sherwood has used Given for the club's FA Cup run this season and Sherwood will persist with Given in goal for the Liverpool game despite having the option of starting No. 1 Brad Guzan.

"Shay plays. Absolutely. He's done nothing wrong Shay, he's a large part of the reason we're in this semi-final," Sherwood said.

"The saves he made against Leicester were fantastic and at the right time.

He trains fantastically well and he's pushing Brad all the way for that No.1 spot."

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