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Shay Given backs Aston Villa to cause upset against Man City

Shay Given is confident Aston Villa can secure an unlikely victory against first-place Manchester City at Villa Park on Sunday

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Shay Given believes Aston Villa can turn around their recent run of results and secure an unlikely victory against Manchester City at Villa Park on Sunday.

Villa have won just once in their last five games, and Alex McLeish’s side are currently languishing in 13th place in the Premier League.

But Given insists Villa have been unlucky in recent matches, and pointed to their last league outing against Queens Park Rangers, which saw the Birmingham side come from two goals down to secure a point, as a reason to be positive.

“I’m sure there are all sorts of stats and records that can be broken I suppose if you look back at various things,” Given told Villa’s website.

“But for us it is not about what has happened in the past, it is what happens on Sunday against Manchester City that matters.

“To be fair to us as a team I know we have been getting a bit of stick and rightly so because of what has happened at home and the points we have dropped at home.

“But it would be more of a concern if we hadn’t been playing well and creating the chances – then it would be a bit more of a worry.

“In the last two games I’ve personally probably touched the ball four times and that has been to take the ball out of the net.

“Maybe in the first half against QPR we were not so great but we still had a lot of possession of the ball but we created a lot of chances.

“If you were a neutral you might look back and think ‘Villa were unlucky not to win both games’. There are positives to take on that front.”

The 35-year-old goalkeeper will be facing his former employers City fresh from another sentimental encounter against Newcastle United, where he spent 12 years, last weekend.

“Last week going back to Newcastle was pretty special for me because I was there so long and the reception I got was very special,” he added.

“But apart from that it was about getting a result for Villa and not conceding two goals.

“We were disappointed after the game because on the balance of the play we felt we deserved at least a draw and maybe even a win on chances alone.

“I’m not overly bothered about Manchester City to be honest because I’m a Villa player and I want to win the game for obvious reasons.

“It is all about trying to get a win for Villa and get on a run again because we have dropped too many points.”

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