Aston Villa goalkeeper Shay Given told the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast Show that regardless of whether he plays in the FA Cup semi-final at Wembley this weekend, the main aim for the club stays the same.
Given says he’s hopeful of being selected ahead of American number one Brad Guzan because of his consistent performances through all rounds of the competition so far.
However, he’s not about to throw his toys out of the pram if manager Tim Sherwood decides to keep him on the bench for the massive game against Liverpool.
“I’d hope to play to be honest because I’ve played in every game leading up to the semi-final and hopefully I’ll get the nod – Whoever gets the nod, it’s about getting Aston Villa to the final,” said Given.
Given is a very good option for Villa to have this weekend, because of the obvious experience he boasts.
He’s a leader and someone who can use his experience to keep the younger players in the team calm to ensure they don’t become intimidated by the atmosphere and occasion of playing at Wembley.
He’s also proven plenty of times in the past that he makes the right decisions under pressure on big games and can help the side get off to a good start.
He’s also very good in terms of organising the back four ahead of him, which is important considering the problems Tim Sherwood has had since he arrived at the club in terms of selecting a consistent backline.
Villa have a great chance to pull off something special and create some history, with Given determined to help whether he plays or not.