Michael Owen seems determined to repay his club Newcastle United for their patience with the striker over the last two years, after he came off the bench yesterday and won the game for the Tyneside club.
Michael set up the wonder strike for Emre and then scored a headed goal from a cross by Emre to ensure a vital Newcastle victory yesterday against Everton.
Michael Owen – showed great courage last week and yesterday
It was great theater from the striker and he is looking like the Michael Owen of old. He now has 10 goals for Newcastle and is starting to show his worth and courage to the Tyneside club.
Hereâ€™s what Michael told nufc.co.uk after the game last night:
“I think coming back in eight days to play for my club shows a bit of determination.â€ “I’ve worked hard over the past week and it’s good to play a game eight days after surgery.”
Owen believes he is fitter than most people realize. He expects to play in both of England’s vital Euro 2008 qualifiers, against Estonia at Wembley and Russia on the artificial pitch in Moscow, over the next ten days. We see no reason for Michael not to start for England as long as there is no reaction from his hernia in training this week, and caution is exercised by McClaren.
“It’s feeling good and I’m available for both teams. It’s not as if I’m pushing myself just to play for England.â€ “I’m fine. I’m playing without pain and will only get better.”
“It’s only a minor thing and I’ve still got all the stitches in. I’ve put in a lot of hard work and I was actually disappointed not to start (against Everton).”
Owen is in contact with world-renowned German surgeon Dr. Ulrike Muschaweck, who performed both of the procedures on Owen in Germany last weekend, and is telling Michael he will not break down so to keep pushing on in training. Michael went on:
“And she said to push it as hard as I wanted – nothing can break down,” “I’m stronger than I was before the operation. It’s just a question of managing the discomfort.â€
“Playing against Derby I felt it pretty badly and in the following game as well. I’ve been pushing myself through a lot of pain for the last month or six weeks now.â€“But I’m feeling better for it already – I can go on the pitch now and not feel any pain.”
Then Michael was asked about the dramatic Newcastle win and he gave a wry smile and said:
“We’ve put in a decent performance. We haven’t been putting in great performances, but with this crowd behind you anything’s possible so it’s nice to get three points today.â€
“However, we need to play better away and pick up more points away from home.”
When Newcastle finally broke the deadlock with a wonderful strike from other sub Emre, the St. Jamesâ€™ Part crowd went crazy. Itâ€™s got to be said that the Newcastle fans urged their team on in the second half relentlessly, even though it looked like the Magpies had thrown it all away. Then when Michael scored the roof almost came off the stadium
Credit to Michael because we realize he much prefers to do his talking on the field and heâ€™s started to do that at Newcastle. We cannot wait for a consistently fit Michael Owen but it looks like heâ€™s getting there. Great job Michael.