Michael Owen failed to score against Tottenham on Monday night although he did have a good opportunity in the first half when he forced a great save from stand-in goalkeeper Cerny. However, Sam Allardyce believes Michael couldn’t have been happier at the final whistle.
His strike partner on the night Obafemi Martins, scored his fifth goal of the season as he took a half chance when he beat Michael Dawson to a high through ball from Jose Enrique. Oba had the ball in the net and completed his trademark somersault, before the Spursâ€™ defense could react.
Michael Owen – no goals on Monday night but one good effort
Cacapa and James Milner also scored very good goals in a well-earned win by the Magpies. It was the impressive Cacapaâ€™s first goal ever for the TynesideÂ club, and Milnerâ€™s first goal of the season.
Sam Allardyce talked to the Shields Gazette today. We feel the Gazette is getting better and better at reporting Newcastle stories with their impressive correspondent Miles Starforth.
Sam told the Gazette this morning:
“It was a good contribution from Oba,” “And Michael probably had one chance when Geremi put him through and the goalie made a great save.â€
“Michael won’t be disappointed, because we won again and we scored three goals.â€
“Every player who is playing on the field is happy when you’ve won.â€ “If you’re a goalscorer and you haven’t got one, but your team’s still won, it’s better than you scoring and the team not winning.â€
“We’re delighted with the contribution of all the players.”
The game was the first time that Owen has started up front alongside Martins, but it was really forced on Big Sam becasue of injuries to Ameobi and Viduka, and Smith was suspended. But the two of them worked hard together and certainly together did a good job.
However, Allardyce believes Owen plays best alongside a big man and we think if Viduka is fit heâ€™ll start along side one of them on Saturday. If not we think Sam will start Smith up front – who played very well indeed against Everton in our previous game. Which one of Oba or Michael starts the game doesnâ€™t really matter, because the other one will get a chance to make a difference sometime during the game. And it seems to us, thatâ€™s all players at Newcastle really want to do this season.