Owen Didn’t Start But Got The Job Done

Sam Allardyce revealed after the hard fought win against Everton today, that Michael Owen was itching to start for Newcastle.

Certainly Alan Shearer wanted to play in every game for Newcastle so it’s not unusual that these top players want to play.


Michael Owen – got the job done today for his Newcastle Club

When Michael Owen and Emre were waiting to come on after 74 minutes this afternoon, we noticed Michael looked calm and confident. Perhaps he thought he could get the job done the job for Newcastle. He did that of course, with great help from Turkish delight Emre, who hit a beautiful left foot rocket for the vital second goal with just 4 minutes to go, after being set up by Michael.

But we think Sam played it perfectly today with the substitutes, and to his credit Michael did what is getting hard for him these days – to please both Newcastle and England.

Here’s what Sam said after the game:

“Every player is disappointed when he’s not selected. But I have to be very protective – that’s why I didn’t start him. He’s got to be eased back into it.

“For me it’s about making sure that every game Newcastle United plays, he’s available to get selected.”

“It’s been a terrific recovery from one of the best surgeons in the world. Michael had a repair of the stomach and abductor muscle last Friday and Saturday.”

“At the end of the day, I’ve tried to what’s best for the football club and Michael. I will try to get a player, as always, to try to sustain his fitness for the team and if that means not starting him, or pulling him off with 20 minutes to go, then that’s an assessment that goes on.”

Owen will now report to the England camp on Tuesday and hopefully McClaren will ease him through the training this week – even though he may start on Saturday. But with Owen’s contribution to Newcastle’s win plain for all to see – both Newcastle fans and England fans will be happy tonight. There’s no doubt Michael can score goals again for both Newcastle and England, and he deserves great credit for coming on and scoring for Newcatle after his operation in Germany a short week ago.

Sam continued:

“I don’t know whether two games in such a short space of time are right, but it’s not my decision, though I will speak to Steve (McClaren) about that.”

Allardyce said that Alan Smith would report for England duty with “a slight knee problem. ” Smith got his 5th yellow card of the season so will not be available for selection for the next league game against Tottenham on 22nd October.

Comments welcome.

10 comments so far

  • Hog

    Oct 7, 2007 at 9:51 PM

    Comment #1

    I’d just like to throw it out there that if we’d won at Derby we’d be 4th right now….

  • ToonKing

    Oct 7, 2007 at 10:03 PM

    Comment #2

    Hope Smithy’s injury is not serious, anyway hes got plenty of time to recover as he’s suspended for the Tottenham game anyways 🙂 .

    PS: By the way that was not a yellow card offence.

  • Ed Harrison

    Oct 7, 2007 at 10:18 PM

    Comment #3

    Hog – yes we have to start getting all 3 points when we meet the lower level teams – whether it’s home or away.

  • JJ

    Oct 7, 2007 at 10:51 PM

    Comment #4

    People are slating Oba because Owen came on as a sub and scored when Oba didnt. It is much easier to score coming on as a sub when Everton were exhausted and he got fresh legs with loads of space to run in. Im quite sure had Owen started Oba would have come on and scored as well… Why dont we end the debate and be grateful we have two fantastic speedy strikers. Thank goodness Smith played up front unstead of Ameobi, he is miles ahead in abiltiy. Happy with the win. Now lets continue Tottenhams poor run. I reckon we need four goals to win next week. 4-3. Should be great game.

  • Aussie geordie

    Oct 7, 2007 at 10:53 PM

    Comment #5

    Smith is a hyper aggressive little twat and thats why he gets booked. He reminds me of Bellamy the who screws his face up and shouts everytime something goes wrong. Have you ever seen Smith take it on the chin?

  • ToonKing

    Oct 7, 2007 at 10:56 PM

    Comment #6

    Aussie gordie: Thats why i like him 🙂

    And he was great today, hope i never see Ameobi again now.

  • JP from The Rock of Gibraltar!

    Oct 7, 2007 at 11:06 PM

    Comment #7

    Well played today but we did fall asleep a bit in the second half. In my opinion there were far too many long balls around. When we rolled the ball around the park we played much better football. A well deserved win none the less. Howay the lads!! 🙂

  • ChrisL

    Oct 7, 2007 at 11:15 PM

    Comment #8

    In my opinion, we got all three points. Perfect.

  • Ed Harrison

    Oct 8, 2007 at 10:30 AM

    Comment #9

    Oba’s OK – he’s still young and will learn from all this experience with Owen. He just needs to learn to be more relaxed when he gets his chances. He’s fine – last week he played well and yesterday just wasn’t his day – but the squad got the job done – and that’s really what it’s all about.

  • leo

    Oct 8, 2007 at 5:13 PM

    Comment #10

    what happened to smith like? smith and oba were awesome together, they werent booing at martins, i think they were booing the fact that it was him coming off…???


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