Villa Park

Next Game

A Villa v Leyton Or

Wednesday, 27 August 2014, 19:45

Capital One Cup Second Round

Villa Park

Last Game

A Villa 0 - 0 Newcastle

Saturday, 23 August 2014, 12:45

Barclays Prem

Given: Survival the priority

Shay Given insists Aston Villa staying in the Premier League remains the priority during his ongoing battle to reclaim his place in the team.

Last Updated: 27/03/13 at 17:54 Post Comment

Shay Given: Aston Villa goalkeeper waiting for a chance

Shay Given: Aston Villa goalkeeper waiting for a chance

The veteran goalkeeper has started only two league games this season after losing his spot to Brad Guzan and has been waiting for a chance to get back into the side.

However, with Villa just three points outside the relegation zone with eight games left to play, Given stressed everyone is focused on the fight for top-flight survival.

"My fitness is fine," said Given in the Birmingham Mail. "I'm just keeping my head down and hoping to get a chance. To be fair to Brad he's been playing some great stuff and doing really well.

"It is a tough one for the manager to pick one of us. He has gone with Brad this season and it has been difficult for me at times because when you work hard all week and come match day you are not playing, it is hard.

"But the most important thing is Villa being in the Premier League next season. We're all pulling in the same direction."

Meanwhile, Villa midfielder Gary Gardner is aiming to push on after returning to training following seven months on the sidelines due to a knee injury.

"It's not a good experience, it's a bad one and it's just the time length," said Gardner.

"Once it's healed, you do that much leg strengthening and fitness work that you're stronger than ever. Injuries make you stronger and this one has definitely, 100 per cent, made me stronger.

"It's been a hard time and there's been days when I've been coming home and it's been tough. It brings back memories of when I was out with my left knee and what I did to help my mind.

"Being out for so long that frustrates you but you've got to leave it all behind you - it's a hazard of the game.

"I'm happy that I'm back in training now and hopefully I can kick on."

Related News

Most Commented

Readers' Comments

E

ven if United were to sign CR7 & Messi to play upfront, the fact remains Fletcher and Cleverly are playing in midfield. That's where the problem is. Fletcher is too slow with an awful pass, while Cleverly is simply rubbish

mrunited4life
Di Maria - A Signing of Necessity, or Opportunity?

T

hese days, these days, you can't say something racist without somebody saying that you're a racist.

tk421
'Wrong' Views Not Silenced By Shouting...

D

rop Rooney (he's so disappointing, overrated and overpaid), and play Di Maria and RVP upfront, much like the set up at the Netherlands team with Roben and RVP...

eric bush3
Di Maria - A Signing of Necessity, or Opportunity?

Footer 365

Fernando Torres: AC Milan open talks with Chelsea over possible transfer

AC Milan have held talks with Chelsea over the transfer of Fernando Torres, according to Sky sources.

Transfer news: Bayern Munich sign defender Mehdi Benatia from Roma

Mehdi Benatia has completed his move to Bayern Munich by signing a five-year contract after a successful medical.

Indian Super League: Ex-Juventus star David Trezeguet eyes Alessandro Del Piero reunion

David Trezeguet welcomes the impending arrival of ex Juventus team-mate Alessandro Del Piero in the Indian Super League

Mail Box

Should Kagawa Play Ahead Of Mata?

That's one question posed in the afternoon mailbox, although it looks like the Japanese playmaker could soon be on his way. Plus, tipping Palace to go down under Warnock...

Well, This Isn't Going That Well Is It?

Plenty of fall out from Manchester United's shambolic 4-0 League Cup defeat, plus thoughts on Van Persie, Arsenal strikers, Benik Afobe, Celtic and Astroturf...

© 2014 British Sky Broadcasting Ltd. All Rights Reserved A Sky Sports Digital Media property