Allardyce Praise for both Owen and Ameobi

Michael Owen scored his first goal for Newcastle since December, 2005 – and that seems to be the major news coming out of the Hartlepool United friendly game last night at Hartlepool – Sam’s first game in charge.

Shola Ameobi scored two to see Newcastle win 3-1 in an entertaining game.

Sam Allardcye had much to say on the performances of various Newcastle’s players and as usual his comments are certainly worth looking at – it’s about the best news we get on Newcastle (and we know at least it’s the truth).


Michael Owen in Action Last Night

Of course Michael Owen had only played 14 times for Newcastle in the last two seasons so it was good to see Michael – not only playing but scoring a goal – something he has done so naturally during his great career. Shola Ameobi was back after having a hip operation last year in Vail, Colorado after at least two years of playing injured. Shola had scored many goals for Glenn Roeder over the last 18 months – and he kept it up last night – even though we have to remember this was only a friendly. But scoring goals will always give strikers the confidence they need so it was good to see both of them score last night.

Michael and Shola are essentially two new players for Newcastle this coming season and with Martins and Viduka can make up an awesome foursome for Newcastle. Even if we have injuries (which we hope Sam canfix once and for all) it looks like we’ll be able to field an effective strike force – and Andrew Carroll may also be available -unless he is shipped out on a season loan.

This is what manager Allardyce said after the game:

“It was nice to see Michael score and Shola – we should have scored a couple at least before half-time and missed those, but certainly, second half, we were very, very clinical indeed.

It’s been a long wait for Michael and Shola. He has been out with that hip injury for a long time as well.

“We just hope we keep them fit and get them fitter and stronger as pre-season goes on because they are a handful for anybody in the Premier League if they are firing on all cylinders, certainly with their finishing qualities.

“That gives us options for goals. That’s what you need to win football matches.”

Ameobi scored after 11 minutes of his half-time introduction alongside Owen, rounding goalkeeper Jan Budtz following Kieron Dyer’s pass. By that time Hartlepool had actually taken the lead through James Brown’s excellent 49th-minute opener.

Michael Owen needed just two minutes after Shola’s goal to find the net, tapping in from James Troisi’s cross after Dyer had once again set up the opening. Well it’s good to see Kieron setting up the goals – maybe he’s just a little worried about those Opta statistics that Sam will be studying after each game – good. Shola scored his second 17 minutes from time when Budtz spilled his long-range effort.

It’s certainly nice to see both Shola and Michael back and looking as fit as they’ve been for a while. If we can get Michael operating on all cylinders and keep him fit – and have Shola taking the physical pressure from the defense – their partnership can be prosperous for us next season and be worth a good few goals.

Oh, and we almost forgot – we also have Mark Viduka and Oba Martins available. 😀

Comments welcome.

18 comments so far

  • Callum

    Jul 18, 2007 at 8:36 AM

    Comment #1

    I read that the Hartlepool goal was through a mistake from the Newcastle defence showing the old times of Bramble. :-

    “Hartlepool then took the lead after 49 minutes as James Brown seized on a frighteningly familiar mix-up in the Magpies defence.”

    – Sky Sports.

    Apart from that this friendly seem to be good for Newcastle and its players.

  • Shaun

    Jul 18, 2007 at 8:37 AM

    Comment #2

    Lets just hope Man U sign Teves, it may make the little one have a change of heart if they come sniffing. Anyway well done to the lads.


    Jul 18, 2007 at 8:52 AM

    Comment #3

    It was good to see shola score. He has to do well this season now he is finaly over his injury problems. He must make the most of the clubs fresh start under big sam otherwise he might be on his way out. Having supposedly been unfit for the last 2 seasons he’s got no excuses this yaer and hopefuly we will see the real shola ameobi and he’ll be able to fulfill his massive potential

  • Howie

    Jul 18, 2007 at 8:54 AM

    Comment #4

    Does anyone knowwhy Babayaro and Emre were not playing?

  • Steve B

    Jul 18, 2007 at 9:06 AM

    Comment #5

    Yer because there S**T

  • Howie

    Jul 18, 2007 at 9:13 AM

    Comment #6

    I agree with you Steve on Babayaro but does that mean he is planning on offloading him if anyone is willing to take him. It must mean Sam is after 2 left backs and not just one which is a relief.

  • Lew Davies

    Jul 18, 2007 at 9:25 AM

    Comment #7

    The first goal was the fault of steven carr!!!!!
    It wont take Big Sam too long to realise how crap he really is, and hopefully get rid of him once and for all.

  • Josh

    Jul 18, 2007 at 9:48 AM

    Comment #8

    Does anyone know if Martins played??

    There was nothing mentioned about him in any of the match reports?

    and if he wasn’t why not?

  • Josh

    Jul 18, 2007 at 9:51 AM

    Comment #9

    Ignore last comment, just read that he Oba was a first half striker along with carroll, would of been nice to see him on the score sheet.

    Cant wait for start of new season just keep waking up each morning hopin and then being disapointed when there is no new player on his way

  • big pea ov the weab

    Jul 18, 2007 at 9:53 AM

    Comment #10

    i agree stephen carr is absolutly bo**ocks get rid to save wages

  • Josh

    Jul 18, 2007 at 10:14 AM

    Comment #11

    I agree that Carr it NOT good, SO many times last year he would run out to meet the ball, miss it by a mile and leave a HUGE gap, we def need a NEW RB, are we not looking and shorey or luke young???? but i think Emre is worth the wages great backup got some skill just not a regular in my eyes, especailly with barton and dyer up and running.

    We need someone SOON! what is peoples view on Queudrue???????

    DEAL or NO DEAL! havent really seen him enough to have an opinion on him but when a player comes from fulham makes me question

  • Cockney Magpie

    Jul 18, 2007 at 11:01 AM

    Comment #12

    josh i no how ya feel! every mornin as soon as i open my eyes im straight on here hoping to see a headline about somebody joining newcastle! it killing me the anxiety is mad!!!

  • Ed Harrison

    Jul 18, 2007 at 11:24 AM

    Comment #13

    STEPHEN – we suspect that Shola may have an outstanding season next year – but he has to score the goals – so it was good for him to get a couple last night. He may be a big pleasant surprise for us next season – hope so. As you say he has no excuses now.

  • WelshWizard

    Jul 18, 2007 at 11:24 AM

    Comment #14

    Thank god for that… i thought it was just me that was straight on here when i got out of bed, this waiting for the next new defender is driving me mad too. de-listed this morning so hopefully now we’ll start moving for our targets again….come on the toon…..

  • Ed Harrison

    Jul 18, 2007 at 11:26 AM

    Comment #15

    Josh – think Queudrue would be a good squad player for us – though not a starter – i’d like to see us sign him – if the fee is right. If we have injuries he can do the job because of his vast experience. That’s what squad building is all about (isn’t it?).

  • Ed Harrison

    Jul 18, 2007 at 12:59 PM

    Comment #16

    Josh – Martins played the first half with Carroll up front with him – according to the team list – here it is.

    Newcastle United: Given (Harper), Carr (Lough), Rozehnal (Solano), Barton (Lua Lua), Martins (Owen), N’Zogbia (Bertram), Ramage (Francis), Carroll (Ameobi), Dyer (Pattison), Butt (Triosi), Huntington.

    Attendance: 6030.

  • Ed Harrison

    Jul 18, 2007 at 1:00 PM

    Comment #17

    WelshWizard – we want to have that headline on one of our stories too 😀

  • colin

    Jul 18, 2007 at 4:44 PM

    Comment #18

    Unfortunately I live in Calgary (alberta Canada) and really get nothing of the news hear. I just found this site but have been black and white since birth (gosforth). If anyone want’s to send me up to the date links and gossip and info it would be massively appreciated. I agree we did a good job of holding off pools for the win and barton, dyer, owen and ameobi sound right but if I am not mistaken it was steve harper who let in an easy tap (maybe Carr’s fault) but it is realistically time we searched for a real back up to shea ‘the rock of the north’ given. he can’t be #1 forever –mores the pity!!!


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