Shay Given likely to be on Villa bench tomorrow but back for FA Cup tie

Shay Given likely to be on Villa bench tomorrow but back for FA Cup tie
Shay Given was back in the Aston Villa team on Sunday in their 1-0 FA Cup third round home victory over Blackpool.

Shay Given was back in the Aston Villa team on Sunday in their 1-0 FA Cup third round home victory over Blackpool.

Christian Benteke scored the winning goal with two minutes left.

Although Villa manager Paul Lambert is expected to recall Brad Guzan in goal for Saturday’s Premier League clash with Leicester, Lifford native Given should play in the FA Cup fourth round tie against Bournemouth on January 24.

The 38-year-old goalkeeper has yet to start a Premier League fixture for Villa this season.

Meanwhile, Seamus Coleman played at right-back on Tuesday night as Everton scraped a 1-1 draw with West Ham United at Goodison Park,

Coleman’s side are on a disappointing run having gone into the contest with four defeats on the bounce and looked to be on their way out of the FA Cup as James Collins put the Hammers ahead with a powerful near-post header from Morgan Amalfitano’s corner.

Everton huffed and puffed for long spells but levelled in the last minute when Romelu Lukaku volleyed home following a Bryan Oviedo’s left-wing cross.

Now the Premier League pair will meet in a replay at Upton Park next Tuesday.

The winners will travel to League One opposition in either Doncaster or Bristol City in the fourth round later this month.

Stephen McLaughlin was a 76th minute substitute for Stuart Pearce’s Nottingham Forest in their surprise 1-0 defeat at the hands of Rochdale on Saturday.

McLaughlin , from the Isle of Doagh, Clonmany, played the last game of his three-month loan spell at neighbours Notts County at Bradford City six days beforehand.

McLaughlin excelled during his stint, which saw him become County’s leading creator with seven assists.

“It went fairly well for me at Notts County but I’m back at Forest now and that’s the priority,” McLaughlin said last week.

“We’ll see what happens now over the next few weeks. Obviously Forest is the number one for me and I want to play for Forest.

“But if the manager decides I should go out on loan again then I’ll do my best in the hope of pressing my way back into the Forest team by impressing the manager.”

Shane Duffy and Blackburn Rovers will play against Premier League Swansea City in the fourth round later this month.

Chris Taylor scored twice as Blackburn beat 10-man Charlton in a game interrupted by floodlight failure.

Duffy is a native of Derry and his father Brian is from Letterkenny.

In League Two, Carl McHugh’s Plymouth Argyle are in seventh place following their 0-0 draw at York City on Saturday.

McHugh is from Lettermacaward.

Meanwhile, Conrad Logan has returned to parent club Leicester City following a serious injury sustained whilst on loan at Rochdale.

Logan ruptured his Achilles before Christmas but is expected to be fit for pre-season in July.

Rochdale manager Keith Hill paid tributes to Ramelton native Logan.

‘He made a massive impact. He’s an unbelievable character, he’s strong, he’s rock solid and an excellent goalkeeper, who is full of self belief,” Hill said.

“It was a great signing for us and he’ll be solely missed as a friend as well as a player.

‘I know he’ll recover to be as good as he had been for us.

“Conrad goes with our best wishes and our warmest thanks for what he has done at this club so far this season and I’m sure that he’ll be back in some way, form or shape at this club.”