Owen Delivers The Goals In England Win

Michael Owen proved again tonight that he is getting close to his world class predatory form, as he scored two first half goals to virtually win the vital European tie for England in the first 45 minutes against Gus Hiddink’s Russia.

Rio Ferdinand scored a third goal for England near the end which Russia’s third choice goalkeeper Malafeev should probably have saved, but by then the contest was over.

So England got another 3 goals and another 3 points in their European Qualifying group this evening, and showed good play and guts to deliver for their country.

A job very well done.


Michael Owen England’s best striker again with another two opportunist goals

For Owen’s first goal Gareth Barry’s corner was cleared back to him on the right, and his cross found Michael Owen in space on the edge of the six-yard box. Michael coolly trapped the ball, and picked his spot in off the post – a simple goal for Michael but so very well taken.

Michael proved once again tonight for any doubters, that he is a world-class goalscorer when fully fit. It just shows how much England have missed a fully fit Owen over the last eighteen months, and England manager Steve McClaren must be so pleased that Michael seems back to his very best.

For Michael’s second goal Emile Heskey knocked down a long clearance right into the path of Owen who seemed to create so much time before hitting a dipping volley high past goalkeeper Vyacheslav Malafeev. A great opportunist effort from Owen and excellently set up by Heskey, who played well again tonight. That’s 5 goals for Owen in his last 4 games, and 3 goals for England in the last 2 crucial internationals, as he looks to be getting razor sharp again in front of goal. Great news for England and especially good news for all Newcastle fans, who have waited almost 2 years to see Michael back to his very best.

McClaren’s decision to pick Heskey was vindicated as he again linked up well with Owen. Michael’s confidence and touch are returning with each game and he looks to be really enjoying his football again. Owen has delivered for his country during the last two crucial European qualification games with 3 goals.

The England team played well when it really mattered, and Gareth Barry had a brilliant first-half performance and looks to be an ideal partner for Gerard in central midfield. Gareth has given McClaren selection problems when Lampard comes back into the fold. But it’s now time that McClaren keeps the players in the team who have delivered for him. He shouldn’t automatically bring the stars in when they are fit again but needs to stick with the players who have produced for him over these last two games. Not only has it made England’s chances of qualification now look so much better – but they have saved Steve’s job by their excellent play, guts and determination.

You cannot ask much more of your players than that.  Comments welcome.

27 comments so far

  • big pea ov the weab

    Sep 12, 2007 at 11:04 PM

    Comment #1

    wot a striker owen is hes back to his best am glad hes gana stick around like hope he scores some like that for the toon

  • Toon Chicken

    Sep 12, 2007 at 11:07 PM

    Comment #2

    Just 5 days til Derby. Can’t come soon enough. Come on Mickey O!

    Toon Toon!!

  • big pea ov the weab

    Sep 12, 2007 at 11:15 PM

    Comment #3

    black n white army

  • big pea ov the weab

    Sep 12, 2007 at 11:15 PM

    Comment #4

    la la la lalalala geordies

  • Toon Chicken

    Sep 12, 2007 at 11:26 PM

    Comment #5

    I reckon we’ll hit 3 against Derby.

    Anyone else got a score prediction?

  • Hog

    Sep 12, 2007 at 11:40 PM

    Comment #6

    I’d settle for another 1-0. Just need to rack up points in these easy first 10 games…

  • Geno Toon

    Sep 12, 2007 at 11:40 PM

    Comment #7

    I just hope we can balance Oba and Owen…. That is not going to be easy!

    2-0 Newcastle Dominate!

  • apan

    Sep 12, 2007 at 11:55 PM

    Comment #8

    i reckon 2-0, owen and martins 🙂

  • Tripp

    Sep 13, 2007 at 12:03 AM

    Comment #9

    The goal differential could come in handy late in the season. We need all the goals we can get. Great to see MO in form. Howay the Toon!

  • perry

    Sep 13, 2007 at 1:17 AM

    Comment #10

    For the Derby game, I reckon us to win it. Doesnt matter how much is the score as long we win it. Howay to the Toons army.

  • Duncan Disorderly

    Sep 13, 2007 at 1:22 AM

    Comment #11

    I’ll settle for still being unbeaten going into December. 19 points from 9 games maybe? 😉

  • Chris F

    Sep 13, 2007 at 1:59 AM

    Comment #12

    i know many may laugh, but after these last 2 games, would anyone else like to see emile heskey in a black and white shirt?

    him and owen seem to have some sort of telepathic partnership, which they have always had in fairness. munich 2001? those two destroyed germany almost singlehandedly.

    many may mock, and god knows a while back i may have been a mocker, but now i am firmly in the mockee camp.

    i’m sure viduka can prove a similar foil (and actually score, heskeys real weakness) but if we need to batter opponents into submission, would heskey and owen be such a bad call?

    swap for ameobi, mr hutchings?

  • Chris F

    Sep 13, 2007 at 2:01 AM

    Comment #13

    as for the derby game, i think we’ll win, comfortably.

    they arent a bad side, but it’s a year too early for them to be in the top flight, their squad just doesnt look up to the challenge.

    i can see a 3-0 victory coming our way.

    just pissed i can’t go, considering i live about 30 miles from derby.

  • perry

    Sep 13, 2007 at 2:02 AM

    Comment #14

    Agree with Chris F. Heskey for Amoebi. Newcastle must sign him to replace Amoebi.

  • Loisss

    Sep 13, 2007 at 2:11 AM

    Comment #15

    Guys… What is it with you? Yes, Heskey played well… fine for him (and actually, I have absolutely nothing against him)… but, do you know how many teams would like to be in Newcastle United’s position, having Ameobi for fourth striker? Really, just relax and enjoy you’re team… Newcastle is unbeaten, right?

    And by the way, if you remember last year… Before Ameobi got injured, he was playing well…

  • Chris F

    Sep 13, 2007 at 2:19 AM

    Comment #16

    mat, i’m not being funny, but i’ve watched ameobi since he broke into the team (hell, i PLAYED against the guy when i was at university and we had a friendly match with newcastles u18/19 side)

    he isnt a bad player, but he has 0 (thats ZERO) strength, has an utterly crap ‘shot’ and isnt a great passer.

    he’s not a bad dribbler, but as a foil for owen/martins, he wont cut it.

    i’m not seriously abdicating we flog him in a swap for heskey, i was mainly pointing out how well heskey and owen play together, but ameobi just doesnt look like striking up a similar sort of understanding with anyone at the club, and thats what you need from a strike partnership.

  • evil dick

    Sep 13, 2007 at 2:19 AM

    Comment #17

    yea i think ameobi deserves his chance under sam, he’s been injured for ages remember. Viduka is better than Heskey too.

  • malaysian youngster

    Sep 13, 2007 at 2:33 AM

    Comment #18

    i want see the goals.anybody have the link to it?

  • perry

    Sep 13, 2007 at 3:01 AM

    Comment #19

    If that is the case, then we should just bring in Heskey in the January transfer window. Competition for places is good. Dont you think? He can be a good bake up for Viduka.

  • james

    Sep 13, 2007 at 4:23 AM

    Comment #20

    Its amazing how well the English team plays when you have the show ponies absent from the team…I just hope that McClaren realizes that a good player doesn’t always make a good team player. Well done England

  • Lamesley Mag

    Sep 13, 2007 at 6:49 AM

    Comment #21

    Heskey’s done well but don’t expect him at Newcastle in the near term.

    If Owen continues his goal scoring spree, BSA, Mort and Ash will need to sit with him soon and get his contract extended. He’s only 27, with many more goals to come if he stays fit……

  • rich

    Sep 13, 2007 at 7:38 AM

    Comment #22

    people say im getting carried away because Heskey has played well over the last 2 games, but they are not looking at the facts.

    Owen & Heskey – 14 starts together – 14 Goals – all from Owen.

    Ive been watching Ameobi for so long now and im stuill not sure what his strong point is, he doesnt use his physical presence nearly enough, some games he shows a bit of skill other days he does nothing at all.

    Even Owen himself has said Heskey is the best strike partner hes ever had because they read each other like a book, which is illustrated with their England stats 14 starts, 14 goals.

    Extend Owens contract, get the clause out & sign Heskey IMO, he’ll be quite cheap.

  • rich

    Sep 13, 2007 at 7:40 AM

    Comment #23

    @ Ed Harrison:

    “Hes getting close to his world class predatory form”

    dont you think hes already reached his predatory form??

    6 goals in 5 games, 3 goals in 2 for engalnd, 2 goals from outside the box would say to me he has reached it, not just getting close.

  • Ed Harrison

    Sep 13, 2007 at 8:17 AM

    Comment #24

    rich – yes – i was trying to be a little conservative – he may get even better but this is just great for Newcastle (and England) 😀

  • Steely

    Sep 13, 2007 at 8:19 AM

    Comment #25

    Thats the best I’ve seen England play for sooooo long! I’d actually started getting really bored of International football prior to last weekend, and then all of a sudden we’re flying and it’s all rosy again! I thought Owen was superb – he was everywhere (up front and out wide…both flanks!). Barry looks like a masterstroke from McLaren and he linked up so well with Gerrard! I tell you what as well, how much do you reckon Micah Richards has gone up in price within the space of 2 weeks!
    Also, and cant believe I’m saying this, but Heskey actually looks decent as well recently! I genuinely think McLaren might have problems when Rooney is fit again because Heskey has done everything he needed to justify staying in the squad for the next Intl match.
    Here’s hoping Owen keeps up the goal rush against Derby eh?

  • Ed Harrison

    Sep 13, 2007 at 8:19 AM

    Comment #26

    Now Michael needs to get quite a few goals for Newcastle and then extend his contact out 5 years – he’s proved he’s the Michael Owen of old – he may be even better because of extra strength and experience – and hopefully less injuries under Sam – and Allardyce must be on cloud 9.

  • Steely

    Sep 13, 2007 at 8:28 AM

    Comment #27


    Top notch article on Owen and the match in general here from the Times in case anyone’s interested.


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