Milner – Owen Responsible for Goal

Newcastle United had just 4 points from their first 5 away games this season before the derby game on Saturday, so some will see the draw at Sunderland as a good result, even though Newcastle were second best on the day.

A defeat would have been a catastrophic result for Newcastle on the back of the defeats against Reading and Portsmouth.


James Milner – scored equalizing goal on Saturday

It’s true that after Sunderland scored their goal, Newcastle could easily have collapsed under the pressure exerted by Sunderland, who were desperate to beat their rivals at the Stadium of Light. But James Milner got his second goal of the season for the Magpies after 65 minutes out of nowhere, to save us.  Although it was a lucky goal, we’re sure Newcastle will take anything they can get right now.

James Milner talked to the Newcastle Journal this morning:

“It was going to be tough for us after they scored, their fans were right behind them,” “The important thing was we didn’t crumble. If anything, we played better after they scored. It was about grit, determination and team spirit.”

“This game was about how we reacted to the Portsmouth game. It was how we reacted to going a goal behind. We have shown resilience. We didn’t hide and we battled on and hopefully that shows the team spirit and character we are building here.”

“After last week against Portsmouth, when we did not have a great result, we could have caved in. It was important we came here and got something, not just because of last week, but because our away form has been poor.”

“It’s nice to stop the rot away from home, especially in a game like this. Hopefully it will be a springboard for better things away from. What we want to do away from home is play like we did after they scored from the start. If we can do that our away form will improve.”

Milner has every right to be proud of his first goal in a North-East derby at the Stadium of Light, but he was also keen to highlight the role played by Michael Owen in the goal. The England striker has not scored for club or country in his last seven games but, captain for the day, Owen battled well from the limited service provided by Newcastle’s midfield.

“It was great to score in a game of this magnitude,” “It was one of those where I aimed to hit it towards the far post, if someone had got a touch, great, but it was even better for me they didn’t and it sneaks in.

“It’s all credit to Michael because he made the goal and he made the keeper hesitate. It’s because of Michael it went in, all world-class strikers have those instincts. He may not have had the touch, but he was just as important in getting the goal as I was.”

“Sometimes work like that by strikers goes unnoticed. They are under pressure to score every week and Michael has not scored for a couple, but he will score wherever he plays, he is a world-class player.”

“We know how much he is contributing, whether he is scoring or not. The run he made for the goal is a perfect example of that.”

“I don’t care if people think it was a cross or a shot. I was just putting it into a dangerous area and we work on that the whole time in training.”

Michael Owen did work hard to try to make an impact on the game, but he didn’t. He had two half chances, one in each half, but couldn’t put either chance away. Michael hasn’t scored now for a while and needs a goal or two. Those goals need to be for Newcastle because goals for England don’t count, and that’s not the reason we pay Michael over £100K/week. We pay him to score goals for Newcastle and we really hope he can start doing that before the end of the year. We are going to need those goals, that’s for sure.

Comments welcome.

16 comments so far

  • yemozone

    Nov 12, 2007 at 1:04 PM

    Comment #1

    I hope martins moves on to a better club this january because we are wasting him on the bench.There are so many clubs this summer interested in the chap but he turned them down just to be with nufc.He has done everything right to be in the first team(including being the highest goal scorer for the club) but still sitting on the bench.

    If u notice SA is making it compulsory to field these players
    anytime ,anyday :smith,butt and owen which is unfair.

  • Toon Chicken

    Nov 12, 2007 at 1:27 PM

    Comment #2

    I hope you go with him.

    We’re called NUFC not OMFC!!!!!!!!

  • yemozone

    Nov 12, 2007 at 1:30 PM

    Comment #3

    yeah i know you will say that

  • indian toon

    Nov 12, 2007 at 1:37 PM

    Comment #4

    yes michael played well yesterday but we hav to feed the ball to his feet.. thats a big disadvantage especially the form which we are in.. oba creates his own chances.. and brings something to a game.. sam is tryin to keep all his players happy’ but why bring them when u r not playin them… sam forget u r favourites and start oba in the next match . anyways he’s gonna leave leave to the cup of nations in jan.. then owen can start as much as u and he wants..

  • cam_toon

    Nov 12, 2007 at 2:08 PM

    Comment #5

    Oi Yemo… Shut up man. Ne time or Boo Boys.

  • cam_toon

    Nov 12, 2007 at 2:17 PM

    Comment #6

    But look at the squad

    Jose and Beye are up to BSA standards yet. Capaca is injured.

    So Straight Away that Zog and Taylor out of position.

    Geremi’s been c_rap of late so he’s benched.

    Emre and Barton are not really match Fit.

    Butt Suspended.

    Plus Martins had the Flu, Owen and Viduka need games.

    So we got…

    Taylor , Roz, Faye, Zog[/b] (No choice on the back four)

    which leaves one Winger in Milner, Emre and Barton who are 80% (to be fair) Smith who doesn’t know who he is.

    [b]So Barton / Smith, Barton / Smith, Emre, Milner[/b]

    and two CF’s that need matches up front.

    [b]Owen, Viduka[/b]

    What would u like Sam to do???

  • Ross

    Nov 12, 2007 at 2:31 PM

    Comment #7

    i hope to god martins doesnt move on in jan.
    look at saturday, he was on for 10 mins or so, but everytime he got the ball at the edge of the box or thereabouts, he’d run at their defence and they looked like they didnt really have anyone to deal with his pace.
    had he been given 20 even 30 minutes, who knows what would have happened.

  • ToonKing

    Nov 12, 2007 at 2:38 PM

    Comment #8

    To be rally honest i wouldn’t mind cashing in on Martins in january, we would get quite a few quid for him, possibly in 15 million area and then we could bring in a more complete striker like Crouch, Defoe, Anelka, Ashton.

  • Bill F

    Nov 12, 2007 at 2:44 PM

    Comment #9

    Total agree with your sentiment Toon Chicken, Iv’e heard some negative comments in the last few days (including some from me) but wishing away Oba has to come top of the list. And correct me if I’m wrong but I don’t think the three mentioned by yemozone have started every game. Even if he is getting it wrong I believe Sam is picking what he thinks is the right team on the day.

  • toonmadtom

    Nov 12, 2007 at 3:08 PM

    Comment #10

    i hope martins stays with us. hes not BSA`s first choice with him being short but he goes out every game and gives 100%. he should be playin every game

  • jeff

    Nov 12, 2007 at 3:11 PM

    Comment #11

    All Im going to say is why didnt sam put martins on just after we scored our goal,cos we were up for it and for the first time in the match we were on top and attacking the mackems…If martins had of came on then who knows…..

  • Chris M

    Nov 12, 2007 at 4:07 PM

    Comment #12

    Toonmadtom – ”…..but he goes out every game and gives 100%”

    Thats horseshit big lad. Oba is a confidence player. At the moment he has none cos ‘Fatty’ isnt putting all his faith in him and playing him.

    As a result he is often far too static when he should be busting a gut to get down the wings and run onto balls. We need him to do what that little turd Bellamy did for us. To run off the ball and give movement and then run at paleyers. I hate to say this but we have missed the movement since the welsh git headed off, and no-one has repalced that yet.

    Love Oba, keep Oba, and for gods sake play Oba to get the best of him! But also tell him there is an assassin chasing him wanting to shoot the windows in of his car or summit to get his ares in gear!

  • Chris M

    Nov 12, 2007 at 4:10 PM

    Comment #13

    I hope i stressed enough there that i hate that little spunk-bubble Bellamy……..but he did do a lot of movement off the ball (although agood chunk made him offside).

  • Leo

    Nov 12, 2007 at 4:57 PM

    Comment #14

    toonchicken im not having a go but, you say the team is not called OMFC, well similarly it is not called MOFC or NBFC or ASFC

    sam has to play the in form players and play them in position

    we do that i really think we will be singing

  • Alex

    Nov 12, 2007 at 7:46 PM

    Comment #15

    Chris M-so your a fan of Bellamys then? ; )

  • Toon Al

    Nov 12, 2007 at 9:43 PM

    Comment #16

    toonking, you’d have crouch or defoe over martins?

    he’s 23 still got a year or 2 of developin his game, has the pace to scare any defence and can hit a ball like a rocket. yet u’d prefere defoe who is essentially someone like martins but with weaker centre of gravity less pace and a softer shot, or crouch; totally different player, he’s massive but better with his feet than his head and is WAY over valued, i’d chose oba over crouch or defoe in a shot. even in the last 10 minutes of the mackem game wen he got the ball he looked threatening. he’s one of our best striking prospects – he should have ben given at least a half hour on saturday, not nessicarily for owen, but we needed some indivudual brilliance. with pace like his he will create too many chances. his finishing will come in time.

    its not even really that bad at the moment


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