Tim Sherwood discusses Aston Villa's goalkeeping battle

Benteke Scores Past Brad Guzan

After the under-pressure Brad Guzan's blunder at Manchester City, the Villa boss has had to address Shay Given's starting chances for the weekend's clash with Everton.

Aston Villa manager Tim Sherwood has revealed at his pre-match press conference that Brad Guzan is likely to retain his place in goal for Saturday’s visit of Everton.

Guzan’s performances in recent seasons have proved crucial to helping Villa avoid the drop but this term has been a somewhat testing one for the US international, as mistakes have started to creep into his game.

Backup Shay Given, meanwhile, has been given the chance to start throughout the club’s successful run to the FA Cup final and, having performed well, now looks to be in contention to reclaim the number one job he lost to his teammate at the start of the 2012-13 campaign.

Calls for him to come into the side were amplified following last weekend’s 3-2 defeat at Manchester City, when Guzan’s sliced clearance allowed Sergio Aguero to open the scoring within the first three minutes of the match.

The mistake was the American custodian’s fourth error leading to a goal this season but Sherwood has since rushed to his defence, insisting that he is under no more pressure than before his blunder at the Etihad Stadium.

Speaking on Given’s starting chances, the Villa said: "Is Shay Given in contention more this week? No. He’s just as in contention as he’s always been.

“It was an obviously an error from Brad and he recognises that. It probably wasn’t the first mistake that Brad has made and it won’t be the last. That’s the nature of being a goalkeeper.

“When you’re a goalkeeper, you’re in the firing line and invariably when you make a mistake it ends up in the back of the net,” Sherwood added. “That’s what it did on this occasion.

“I’ve always got decisions to make about the goalkeepers. I’ve said that about all the players. There are a lot of players competing for places. Everyone has got a right and an opportunity to start.”

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