Friday 9 December 2016

'At least 14 pints' - Shay Given hopes Saturday evening kick-off will help Aviva atmosphere

Published 11/06/2015 | 17:13

Republic of Ireland goalkeeper Shay Given during squad training. Gannon Park, Malahide, Co. Dublin. Picture credit: David Maher / SPORTSFILE
Republic of Ireland goalkeeper Shay Given during squad training. Gannon Park, Malahide, Co. Dublin. Picture credit: David Maher / SPORTSFILE

Republic of Ireland netminder Shay Given believes the start time for Saturday's crucial Euro 2016 with Scotland will make for an electric atmosphere

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After the sedate atmosphere in the lunchtime goalless draw with England on Sunday, Given is hoping that the more sociable time will benefit the atmosphere at the Aviva Stadium.

Speaking on Talksport this morning, Given said: "It's a 5.30 kick-off on a Saturday evening so that will probably help (with the atmosphere).

Is that about 14 pints of Guinness on average each?, presenter Alan Brazil asked: "At least about 14 pints for the game and the Scots will probably have a few as well but I think it adds to the atmosphere.

"It's going to be electric, it sets up for the a great game."

Speaking about Ireland's 1-0 defeat to Scotland in Celtic Park in November, Given felt that Ireland got sucked into the derby atmosphere in the game and lacked big game composure.

"We probably got sucked into that in Celtic Park. We lost the game one-nil and we didn't play like we know we can play," he added.

"Maybe we got sucked into the whole talk of the local rivalry.

"The atmosphere was fantastic that night but maybe it was too helter-skelter. We didn't pass the ball well enough or take a breath when we got the ball and try to slow things down.

"In the big games, you set the tempo of the game and I don't think we did that in Glasgow.

"The first goal is important in big games and if we can get our noses in front, we can see the game out.

"A draw suits them better than ourselves, we've got to go and win the game. Hopefully a bit of brilliance from one of the Irish lads will settle the tie."

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