Significance Of The Magpie's No 9 Shirt

Last updated : 19 December 2006 By Footy Mad - Editor

All Shay Given knows is that the man has the ability to join the Newcastle No 9 Greats, whether the Nigerian knows who they are ... or not.

Shay Given: "Yes it does - and he has got number nine on his back as well. He is a young guy as well and people should not forget that.

"He is still learning his trade and has come in from a different league. The Italian league is totally different to the Premiership, so it was always going to take time for him to settle in.

"I do think these goals will give him a real boost in confidence. He is probably desperate for the next game to come along so he can get some more goals. James Milner put a great ball in for his first (against Watford) and the spring was unbelievable, and it was a great header.

"His second, I thought he was never going to hit it. He took his time and got himself into position and then he nearly ripped the net off. But as the gaffer and a few of the players have said, we have seen that a lot in training and it is nice to see it now on a match day."