Owen Looks Forward to Big Derby Game

Michael Owen has talked today to the Newcastle Evening Chronicle about tomorrow’s derby game at Sunderland, which seems to be jamming up the airwaves before tomorrow’s keenly anticipated kick off at 12-45 pm local time.

One way Michael can get very quickly into the Newcastle fans’ good books, is by scoring a goal or two in tomorrow’s game, which ends up in a Newcastle victory.


Michael Owen – could do with a goal or two tomorrow

Michael told Alan Oliver today:

“Every derby’s different, whether it’s Liverpool-Everton or Newcastle Sunderland.”

“I’ve never played in a Newcastle-Sunderland derby, and I’m looking forward to sampling this one.”

Owen has had a frustrating time to his Newcastle career, being injured so much during his first 2 seasons at the club. But Michael can end a lot of that tomorrow with a few goals for Newcastle. That would do the trick.

The good thing about Michael right now is that he’s gone uninjured for a while and is getting back to something like his best. The only thing that’s been missing recently is the goals.

Michael added:

“Add it to many frustrations when you’re injured. You miss games in general.” “Every time a big club comes to St James’, you want to be out there, and every time a derby comes round, you want to be out there.”“Add it to all the other frustrations – it’s frustrating full stop being injured.” “And this is a game I’m looking forward to a lot.”

Michael has always been a big game player and in the North East region, there’s just none bigger than a Newcastle Sunderland derby. Michael remembered his last derby game when he was at Real Madrid when they beat Barcelona in the Bernabeu Stadium.

Michael added:

“ We won 4-2 at home, and we lost 3-2 away,”

“The scorers chart on the 4-2 win at home was fantastic. It was Ronaldo, Zidane, Raul and Owen, and then Ronaldinho and Eto for Barcelona, so that’s five great players!”

“That was good, but we got stuffed away.” “In a way it isn’t a derby. It’s just two successful teams – they’re miles apart. But they call it El Derby, and it’s a fantastic occasion.”

What’s this about so that’s five great players. Michael, you’re so modest, let’s make that six great players.
Comments – and goals from Michael – very welcome.

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8 comments so far

  • Bill f

    Nov 9, 2007 at 3:03 PM

    Comment #1

    Whats his goal tally in derbies.

  • indian toon

    Nov 9, 2007 at 3:05 PM

    Comment #2

    There is uneasyness among the strikers now.. we hav been linked with a number of strikers nowadays.. and the speculation of owen leaving is growing.. especially with ameobi likely to leave, viduka’s only got a year at top level, martins looks the future… but anyways hope our striker’s get this outta their mind and score some 5 goals at mackemland :} and yeah concede none…

  • Brisbane Mag

    Nov 9, 2007 at 3:20 PM

    Comment #3

    Just hope we give Owen the support to score goals and also the Newcastle defence keep a clean sheet so we don’t lose……….

    We need to improve on our previous two displays to do this, but we have the better players man for man to do this!

  • Toon Al

    Nov 9, 2007 at 4:16 PM

    Comment #4

    faye should be able to take care of kenwyne jones in the air, nd on the ground i hope taylor has one of his good days.

    hes bound to tho, with it bein the derby, either that or he’ll get to eager and could make a mistake or two. i reckon hes got a head on him to know to stay calm on a day like this tho.

    it’l probly be close but we’ll deffo take it.

  • Leo

    Nov 9, 2007 at 5:17 PM

    Comment #5

    if i was michael owen i would have just slugged oliver in the face. and stamped upon him with my footy boots on

  • Arthur Prince

    Nov 9, 2007 at 5:18 PM

    Comment #6

    I agree Brisbane Mag . You cant blame the strikers if they have no supply . If the team creates openings then Michael will score He cant do it all himself !!

  • Reb

    Nov 9, 2007 at 5:57 PM

    Comment #7

    Bill f — Owen scored once against Barca, so one for two for the Spanish “El Derby”. He’s scored four goals against Everton in his career (all of them at Goodison, I believe) but I’m not sure how many of the derby matches he played in over the course of his 7 years at Liverpool. At worst, his record is 5 for 16 (which is weak for Owen, a mere 1 in 3.2) but I reckon he missed at least one or two derby matches for Liverpool due to injury, so it’s more likely 5 in 13 or 14 derby matches (about 1 in 2.6). About his usual career pace then?

  • Bill f

    Nov 9, 2007 at 6:11 PM

    Comment #8

    Thanks Reb, Great chance for him to improve now eh. 9 or 10 tommorrow would bring him up to 1 per game. 🙂


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