Given penalty save fails to prevent Middlesbrough loss

Alan Foley

Reporter:

Alan Foley

Given penalty save fails to prevent Middlesbrough loss
Shay Given managed to save a penalty but couldn’t prevent his Middlesbrough side going down 2-0 to Championship table toppers Leicester City on Saturday.

Shay Given managed to save a penalty but couldn’t prevent his Middlesbrough side going down 2-0 to Championship table toppers Leicester City on Saturday.

Jamie Vardy had shot Leicester - who had Ramelton native Conrad Logan as substitute goalkeeper - into a 52nd minute lead at the Walker’s Stadium and Ritchie De Laet netted with a far-post header in the 73rd minute. In between times, Given saved a David Nugent penalty.

The win moves Leicester into a commanding eight-point lead at the top of the Championship, while Middlesbrough - who had picked up 16 points from their previous six outings - are in 10th place and still in with a shout of reaching the play-offs.

Thirty-seven-year-old Given is on loan at the Riverside until the end of February from Aston Villa but as admitted he would live to stay until the end of the season.

“I’ve been delighted to come here and play after 10 months of not being involved at Villa,” the Lifford native said. “It’s nice to be part of a group. The team’s done well, the spirit has been really good and we’re all looking forward to the games ahead.

“My loan’s up at the end of February and the rules are that the deal has to be done by the end of January if I’m going to stay for the rest of the season.

“The fans really seem to have taken to me. They’ve been great. With my previous Newcastle and Sunderland connections, it could have swayed either way.

“At Boro I think these are fans who give you total support if you do it on the pitch, and that’s all I have ever done at every club I’ve been at. The fans can see that every time I play.”