Aston Villa’s Shay Given: I was gutted to lose my first-team place
Aston Villa goalkeeper Shay Given admits he was "gutted" to lose his first-team place to United States international Brad Guzan
Shay Given admits he was “gutted” to lose his spot in Aston Villa’s first-team but has vowed to fight to earn back his place after the goalkeeper has found himself out-of-favour under Paul Lambert.
The Villa manager opted to drop the former Republic of Ireland shot-stopper after the 36-year-old endured a difficult start to the season, including an error in the 3-1 loss to Everton.
United States international Brad Guzan has featured in Birmingham outfit’s last five Premier League games, but Given is determined to work his way back into contention at Villa Park.
“Frustration can sometimes boil over if you’re not playing, but for me it’s important that I keep my head down and work hard every day,” Given told the Express and Star.
“I am gutted that I am not playing in the team, that’s natural, and hopefully if I work hard I’ll get back in the side. He [Lambert] is not scared to leave people out, including me.”
Meanwhile, Christian Benteke is relishing life under Lambert after the 21-year-completed his summer switch from Genk to Villa, scoring on his debut in a 2-0 victory over Swansea City.
“On a personal level, Paul Lambert is the perfect manager for me. He has taken me from Genk and given me a lot of confidence so I enjoy working for him,” said Benteke.
“He didn’t mention me playing against Scotland but when I get back to Villa, I hope I’ll be the one doing all the shouting!”