Date: 4th November 2008 at 8:24pm
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Having kept his first clean sheet since August, Shay Given laid the praise firmly at the feet of one person – Joe Kinnear. With the interim manager having claimed two wins and two draws in his last five games, the blemish against the mackems is slowly being forgotten. Shay said:

“Joe’s come in and given us belief that we can go out there and get results. He says it how it is and I think the players respect him for that. You don’t know what’s round the corner, whether managers want to keep you or sell you, but it’s nice.

I’ve been here 11-and-a-half years now so I’d like to make a few more appearances. It’s a great club and a fantastic place to play football and I’m delighted to have made so many appearances. After the last couple of years I’ve had with injuries I don’t like to look too far ahead but you can’t take anything for granted.’