Lambert’s sacking means there are question marks over Given’s FA Cup role at Aston Villa

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Lambert’s sacking means there are question marks over Given’s FA Cup role at Aston Villa
Shay Given hopes to progress into the quarter-finals of the FA Cup with Aston Villa when they take on Leicester City on Sunday.

Shay Given hopes to progress into the quarter-finals of the FA Cup with Aston Villa when they take on Leicester City on Sunday.

The Lifford native has been keeping goal for the midlands club in the cup competitions over the last couple of seasons but with Villa sacking Paul Lambert in midweek, it remains to be seen if caretaker Scott Marshall opts for Given or regular No 1 Brad Guzan.

Shane Duffy from Derry, whose father Brian is from Letterkenny, will also face a tough challenge against Stoke City with Blackburn Rovers on Saturday afternoon.

Meanwhile, Everton’s Seamus Coleman was praised by Manchester United Legend Denis Irwin claiming that Coleman should be playing for a top four side to become world class.

Everton boss, Roberto Martinez did hit back although, saying that Coleman could realise his dreams at Everton.

“I still think that Seamus Coleman can develop and progress with Everton,” Martinez explained. “The good thing about a player such as Seamus is that he’s been growing over the years, but I still feel that now he’s got a bigger role to play in his career.

“He’s become important in a team that we want to grow in order to achieve big things as well. Sometimes that’s better than going to a club in Europe where you’re not guaranteed to play.

“At the moment, Seamus Coleman is enjoying his football. The way he’s performing, he’s becoming an important player. This is the best place for him to develop his potential.

Stephen McLaughlin, from the Isle of Doagh, will be disappointed after he wasn’t in the Nottingham Forrest squad that defeated Brighton 3-2 last week.

The former Finn Harps and Derry City winger started the week before in his unfavoured position of wing-back, and could only watch on as Ricardo Fuller scored a 95th minute winner for Millwall. Forest are taking on Blackpool this afternoon away from home.

Lettermacaward native Carl McHugh last weekend continued his impressive run of form and helped lift Plymouth Argyle into one of the play-off spots in League 1. They recorded a 2-0 win against Wycombe at the weekend and will be looking to keep up their good run with a win against Cambridge United today.