After spending a prolonged period on the bench for Manchester City, there were fears Shay Given may have gathered a rust he may not have been able shift and his growing list of injury troubles would have kept the Villa Park medical staff very busy.
Thankfully, his superb start to his Aston Villa career has demonstrated that he retains his awesome talent. The injury concerns still linger, but there’s no doubt he remains one of the Premier League’s finest goalkeepers.
He was excellent against Newcastle, making several high class saves and he was even a little unlucky not to keep Leon Best at bay from 3 yards out. This was the pick of the bunch however – a full stretch save to get to Cabaye shot that looked destined to nestle in the back of the net.