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Cup run gives Given reason to keep pushing on

Shay Given is relishing Aston Villa's twin pursuit of a Wembley place as it has given him something to remember a difficult season by.

Given has been a virtual bystander in the club's Premier League survival battle and questions have been raised about his future in the west Midlands, but he says that his full part in a Capital One Cup journey, which continues at the semi-final stage at Bradford on Tuesday night, has given him a much-needed fillip.

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