Given admits frustration with Villa bench role

Aston Villa goalkeeper Shay Given admits he's struggled mentally being benched this season.

Aston Villa goalkeeper Shay Given admits he's struggled mentally being benched this season.

Given, 36, hasn’t played a ­Premier League game since boss Paul Lambert axed him to ­promote Brad Guzan two games into the season.

The keeper said: “You miss the buzz of playing games. I don’t know what the manager’s thoughts are, but hopefully I will play at Bradford.

“It is the manager who picks the team and for me, when I get the chance, it’s important I ­remind him that there is still plenty of life left in me and still plenty of years left ahead of me.

“It’s a tough one but the ­manager has gone with Brad this season.

“When you work hard all week and come match day you are not playing it can be soul-­destroying.

“These games have been good for me, the League Cup and ­looking forward to the FA Cup, as I knew earlier in the week that I’d be playing against Ipswich."

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