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Our Republic of Ireland number one Shay Given was absolutely outstanding in his Manchester City debut against Boro, putting in a match winning performance…
Mark Hughes’ pursuit of Given’s wealth of experience was absolutely justified inside the players first 90 minutes behind the sky blue line.
His distribution was exemplary and his constant communication with our young defenders delivered a calming effect.
We can go into the tough challenges our last 14 league fixtures represent reassured at the back and knowing our excellent young ‘keepers Joe Hart and Kasper Schmeichel can learn a lot from Given’s approach to the game.
MOTM City v Middlesbrough
FA Premier League
37. Shay Given 70%
39. Craig Bellamy 7%
7. Stephen Ireland 5%
5. Pablo Zabaleta 4%
34. Nigel De Jong 4%
4. Nedum Onuoha 3%
10. De Souza Robinho 3%
33. Vincent Kompany 1%
25. Wayne Bridge 1%
8. Shaun Wright-Phillips 1%
20. Felipe Caicedo 1%
2. Micah Richards 0%
The Story So Far….
(FA Premier League unless stated)
Ireland, 8 (Portsmouth H, Brighton, League Cup R2 A, Omonia Nicosia, UEFA Cup R1 H, FC Twente, UEFA Cup Group Stage H, Hull A, Arsenal H, Schalke, UEFA Cup Group Stage A, Hull H)
Wright-Phillips, 8 (Sunderland A, Chelsea H Liverpool H, Newcastle A, Spurs H, united H, Everton H, West Brom A)
Zabaleta, 5 (Wigan A, Bolton A, Fulham A, Wigan H, Newcastle H)
Kompany, 3 (West Ham United, H, Middlesbrough A, PSG, UEFA Cup Group Stage H)
Richards, 2 (FC Midtjylland, UEFA Cup Q2 H, Aston Villa, A)
Given, 1 (Middlesbrough H)
Elano, 1 (Stoke A)
Sturridge, 1 (Blackburn A)
Caicedo, 1 (Racing Santander, UEFA Cup Group Stage, A)
Robinho, 1 (Stoke City H)
Jo, 1 (Omonia Nicosia, UEFA Cup R1 A)
Hart, 1 (FC Midtjylland, UEFA Cup Q2 A)
Nottingham Forest FAC R3 – No Votes.
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