Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Given Salutes United Rearguard

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Given Salutes United Rearguard

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Byline: By Lee Ryder

Shay Given has heaped praise on to his team-mates as Newcastle United head for Chelsea looking for a fourth consecutive clean sheet, (writes Lee Ryder).

Critics have never been kind to United defensively during their Premiership years but in recent weeks Graeme Souness has watched his side look watertight compared to earlier games in his tenure.

United may have been rocked by the news that Steven Taylor will be out for the rest of 2005 after dislocating his shoulder but Given still has a lot of belief in those around him in black-and-white.

And while going to face a Chelsea team that has fired in 18 goals and won six out of six in the Premiership at the Bridge is a daunting prospect, Given still has confidence going into the clash against the champions.

He said: "We do our homework on the opposition and limit their chances.

"It is great to get so many clean sheets so far but I always like to give credit to the whole team after keeping the opposition out. …

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