Michael Owen has talked to the Evening Chronicle about todayâ€™s game against Portsmouth, who of course are 2 points ahead of Newcastle in the premier league.
They are a good side and have already won their last 4 away games â€“ so it seems time for them to taste defeat on the road â€“ thatâ€™s the way we see it.
Michael Owen – very settled at Newcastle
Michael said yesterday:
â€œThis will probably be our toughest test so far in the Premier League this season.â€
There has just been loads of media reports about Michael this season with all kinds of stories about him leaving, most of which are just pure nonsense. Michael and his family seem really settled on Tyneside and Owen was in an upbeat mood as he looked forward to the 452nd game of his career.Â That’s quite a few games for an injury probe player isn’t it?
And the striker, who celebrated the birth of his third child this week, daughter Emily, has set his sights on sending Portsmouth back to the south-coast empty-handed.
Michael told the Evening Chronicle:
â€œWinning your home games is very important. If you win all your home games, youâ€™re virtually in the UEFA Cup before you even start talking about away points.â€
And asked whether St Jamesâ€™ Park could once again become a fortress, like it’s been in the past, Michael said:
â€œItâ€™s got the potential.â€ â€œThey only way to do that is to win games over a period of time.â€
â€œ Weâ€™ve started well at home, but obviously the away form needs working on.â€ â€œItâ€™s still early days, but weâ€™ve done well at St Jamesâ€™s Park so far.â€
Owen loved playing against Newcastle while at Liverpool, and that’s not surprising, because he scored enough goals against us. He grabbed that famous hat-trick for Liverpool on his third visit to St Jamesâ€™ Park.
â€œIn my experience of coming to Newcastle in the past, it was always a game you looked â€œforward to because itâ€™s such a passionate game.
â€œItâ€™s always attack after attack both ways. They were always entertaining games against Newcastle, and the fans have a large part to play in that.â€
â€œItâ€™s vitally important to have a good home record, but weâ€™d like the away one to perk up a bit as well.â€
Owenâ€™s wife Louise gave birth to a baby girl Emily in a Chester hospital on Wednesday and, asked whether he would be looking to score a goal for the new addition to his family, Michael added:
â€œDaddy needs a goal more than she does!â€ â€œBut it would definitely be nice to score a goal and celebrate on Saturday night the three points along with the birth of my child earlier in the week.â€
Owenâ€™s Newcastle contract does not expire until 2009, but it was Newcastle Owner Mike Ashley last weekend who brought the subject up, saying he hoped to get his top player on a longer deal.
This led Owen to say:
â€œI feel sorry for the fans more than myself. Itâ€™s water off a duckâ€™s back to me.â€ â€œIt must be so frustrating for them to read this or that, but Iâ€™m still here, and Iâ€™m looking forward to tomorrowâ€™s game and the rest of the season.â€
â€œNewcastle havenâ€™t approached me, and I havenâ€™t approached them, but Iâ€™m happy as can be.â€
â€œThereâ€™s no need for the boat to be rocked. Iâ€™ve still got a long time left â€“ probably more than most players.â€
Newcastle fans are coming round to Michael, since all the news in the summer about him was mostly just complete rubbish. Michael will get in the fansâ€™ good books by scoring goals for Newcastle, the more the better. The fans know that and Michael knows that â€“ a goal today would be just great for both the fans and for Michael â€“ to celebrate the birth of his little baby girl Emily.
We hope Michael can do it, but the main thing is that Newcastle capture all 3 points on offer