Saturday 24 February 2018

Given's latest clean sheet lifts Boro up the table

Shay Given
Shay Given
Daniel McDonnell

Daniel McDonnell

SHAY GIVEN continued his fine run of form by registering a third clean sheet on the trot as Middlesbrough moved further up the Championship table by beating Reading 3-0.

Boro are now 15th but are just six points off a play-off place following their latest win under new boss Aitor Karanka.

Given's arrival on an emergency loan has helped to inspire the upturn in their fortunes.

The 37-year-old is set to return to Aston Villa after the New Year's Day encounter with Bolton. Boro want to extend his stay for another month, but Given's preference is to secure a deal until at least the end of the campaign, and Swansea are monitoring his situation.

He still has two and a half seasons remaining on his lucrative £60,000-a-week Villa contract, which complicates his options for a permanent move.

David Forde, who finished the year as Ireland No 1, also had a good day as Millwall stopped the rot with a scoreless draw at Doncaster.

Martin O'Neill and Roy Keane were both present at stalemates yesterday.

O'Neill was at Vicarage Road where a Watford side featuring exciting U-21 midfielder Sean Murray drew with Richard Dunne's QPR.

Keane took in the 0-0 draw between Wigan and Burnley, where James McClean was introduced only as a second half sub by the hosts.

Dubliner Chris McCann did start for Wigan, however, while Keith Treacy made a rare start for the Clarets.

Elsewhere, Daryl Murphy was on target as Mick McCarthy's Ipswich drew 1-1 Bournemouth to stay within the play-off places.

Irish Independent

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