Tim Sherwood explains what Brad Guzan must do to reclaim Aston Villa's number one spot

Brad Guzan

Shay Given started over the American for the first time in 108 Premier League games in Saturday's 3-2 win over Everton.

Aston Villa manager Tim Sherwood has told the club’s official website that Brad Guzan needs to show Shay Given’s professional to reclaim the number one jersey.

Guzan had made 108 consecutive Premier League starts prior to the 3-2 home win over Everton, having taken Given’s place between the posts at the start of the 2012-13 season.

The US international’s spot had come under increasing pressure in recent months, however, due his teammate’s impressive FA Cup performances, before a huge blunder in last Saturday’s narrow 3-2 defeat at Manchester City prompted Sherwood to make the switch many had been expecting for the Toffees clash.

Given, whose previous top-flight start was also a home game against Everton back in August 2012, had little to do over the course of the match but the Villa boss was nevertheless pleased with his performance.

The veteran shot-stopper did fail to deal with a high ball which led to Phil Jagielka’s late goal but the suggestion was that he had been fouled in the build-up, having been booked for protesting to referee Mark Clattenberg in the aftermath.

Speaking on his decision to reinstate Given, Sherwood said: “I have to make those decisions. We are fortunate to have three good goalkeepers at this football club - because Jed Steer is a very good goalkeeper too.

"You watch them train during the week and look at performances. I decided I needed to put Shay in today. I spoke to Brad. I explained my decision. I gave him the respect of that.

"He realises that he needs to conduct himself as professionally as Shay has been when he was out of the side. That's the nature of football.

"The manager makes decisions and he's not going to be able to keep everyone happy all of the time.

"It's harder for a goalkeeper because he can't play in any other position. I am delighted with Shay.”

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