Shay Given’s first appearance in a competitive game since the Euros hasn’t gotten off to the best start.
Aston Villa trail West Ham Utd by a goal, after a very controversial decision saw referee Mark Dean award West Ham a goal, after the linesman had raised his flag to signal off-side.
The goal; which came in just 5 mins before halftime; will likely set many questioning Shay’s abilities once again, as it was the result of a set piece.
Shay’s recent and unusual announcement of his International retirement will more than likely spark fans questioning his ability at club level too, which for one of the most talented goalkeepers of recent times is grossly unfair.
Undoubtedly, Shay’s confidence is probably shaken, however skill and talent to the magnitude he possesses will win out, and he will shake off the bad memories and form alike.
The second-half between West Ham and Villa will be underway soon.
Fulltime: West Ham 1 : 0 Villa
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