Big Sam watched Michael Owen on Saturday score his second Newcastle goal in three days to finally beat Wigan at St. James’ Park in Newcastle’s first home league win of the season.
You could tell Michael was ecstatic after the goal as he raced across the field left hand raised in the air.
Only one of many more Michael Owen goals for Newcastle United
Michael Owen - scores winner against Wigan for all 3 points
Big Sam said after the game:
“I think Steve McClaren can look forward to him playing for England and I hope he gets a couple of goals in the qualifiers.â€
“Steve, who was here today, and was here last Wednesday, will be feeling confident that Michael’s match-fitness is improving immensely with the games he has now played in.â€
“We just hope he stays clear of injury. He got us off the mark against Barnsley, and he got us off the mark today.â€
“Michael’s goals are important goals – he’s scoring the ones that win games.”
Michael certainly looked back to his sharpest on Saturday and yes â€“ he missed some chances â€“ but how many strikers would have been where Michael was to create the chances in the first place â€“ precious few.
Owen also talked after the game:
â€œThereâ€™s a real buzz around the squad,â€
â€œThereâ€™s lots of competition for places which is good. I think weâ€™ve got as much competition as any of the big boys.â€
Newcastle will have a stern test in the next round of the Carling Cup against Arsenal at the Emirates Stadium. Arsenal looked superb yesterday in easily defeating Portsmouth 3-1, even after having Senderos sent off in the 49th minute. They will be a huge test for us â€“ but we have always done well against Arsenal in the past.
Sam was philosophical about the draw as he said:
â€œSometimes in life you get some luck, other times you donâ€™t and this is a classic case,â€
You win some , you lose some – but we need to win the game at ArsenalÂ