Sunday 19 November 2017

Shay Given: It'll only take one moment to win Saturday's crunch clash with Scotland

Something special will be needed to seperate these teams says Given

Republic of Ireland goalkeeper Shay Given, during squad training
Republic of Ireland goalkeeper Shay Given, during squad training

SHAY GIVEN reckons it will take a moment of magic for Ireland or Scotland to win Saturday's crucial Euro 2016 qualifier in Dublin.

Two weeks after his FA Cup dream with Aston Villa ended with defeat in Wembley, Given is likely to get the nod and start for Ireland in goal in that must-win game at home to the Scots.

David Forde started when Ireland played Scotland in November, where a Shaun Maloney wonder goal

14 minutes from time earned Scotland the win but boss Martin O'Neill is likely to opt for Given on Saturday and Given knows what it will take to get the edge over the Scots, currently two points ahead of Ireland in the Group D table.

"It was a moment of magic that won the game for them in Glasgow, these are the small margins that win and lose you the big games. Hopefully it will be us with the moment of magic on Saturday," Given told The Herald.

"The two teams are fairly equal and it will be a case of who plays best on the night. "It's a 50/50 game, both teams are capable of winning it, we just have to make sure it's us but I certainly don't think they have a better squad than us."

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