Michael Owen – Real Buzz in Newcastle Squad

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.”

“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.”

“We just hope he stays clear of injury. He got us off the mark against Barnsley, and he got us off the mark today.”

“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 – he missed some chances – but how many strikers would have been where Michael was to create the chances in the first place – precious few.

Owen also talked after the game:

“There’s a real buzz around the squad,”

“There’s lots of competition for places which is good. I think we’ve got as much competition as any of the big boys.”

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 – but we have always done well against Arsenal in the past.

Sam was philosophical about the draw as he said:

“Sometimes in life you get some luck, other times you don’t and this is a classic case,”

You win some , you lose some – but we need to win the game at Arsenal  😀

Comments welcome.

6 comments so far

  • rich

    Sep 3, 2007 at 10:40 AM

    Comment #1

    Look at Big Sams record against the Gooners aswell Ed, i dont think Arsenal have beaten him for a while.

    Noticed Owens celebration looked VERY familiar, not the first time weve seen a single finger pointing towards the heavens!

    I cant wait for the Derby gae, i hate international breaks! 😀

  • valle

    Sep 3, 2007 at 11:10 AM

    Comment #2

    Agree, that look like Big Al’s celebration… Btw u could also read Sams comments as if he think we have been lucky with the gooner draw 😉

  • Lew Davies

    Sep 3, 2007 at 12:35 PM

    Comment #3

    Quite happy with the Arsenal draw actually.
    If we have any desires to win this cup then we have to overcome teams like this somewhere. I’d rather have them sooner than later.
    If we lose then so be it, move on. But if we win then other teams will be more worried about us.
    Personally I think it will be a good game, and one we will win in the end:) Just hope it doesn’t go to penalties.

  • Toon Chicken

    Sep 3, 2007 at 1:31 PM

    Comment #4

    Arsenal in the League Cup and Arsenal in the Premiership are two very different prospects. People should not forget this. If we can’t beat Wenger’s kids with a full strength team out, even away from home, then maybe we haven’t made as much progression this season as we’d like to think.

  • Soren

    Sep 3, 2007 at 4:29 PM

    Comment #5

    Great to have Owen back this season. He will bring goals, vision, good runs and more goals to the attack.

  • Steve K

    Sep 4, 2007 at 11:03 AM

    Comment #6

    It will be good to get a tough draw and get some match practice against the tougher sides. The sooner we can see the big flaws in our side the quicker we can fix them. The League Cup would be nice to win but to be honest, being knocked out of it at any stage won’t be a disaster. Better to get beaten in the cup than in the league – with UEFA Cup qualification being the most important aim for this season.


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