Owen Start Should Help Newcastle at Stoke

Today’s game at Stoke will not be an easy one for Newcastle, because whether we like it or not, we are not at our best against supposedly weaker teams.


Sam Allardyce – Owen starting should be big help

Sam Allardyce, the Newcastle manager generally sets up shop to stop opponents playing, and the team are certainly not at their best when Newcastle have to take the initiative and attack.

But that view of Newcastle doesn’t sit well with Big Sam, the former Bolton manager, who talked today to the Times:

“You tell me in whose philosophy it’s not important. Was that not Manchester City’s philosophy [when they beat Newcastle 2-0 last Wednesday night]? What is said about me is fictitious nonsense, because that’s what everybody does.”

“When Sir Alex [Ferguson] comes and plays here with Manchester United, or Rafa Benitez, do they come and set out a defensive ploy to stop us playing? Yes. Always. They wait, and then open you up when they are ready, because they have more talented players than most Premier League sides.”

Stoke are a big and powerful side, although the return of Michael Owen should give Newcastle a chance to score the goals we’ve been missing out on, these last few games.

Sam said today:

“Having Michael back is critical,” “We want him to be scoring the sort of goals that Alan [Shearer] used to score on a regular basis.”

“He can win us games we don’t deserve to win, and that’s very, very important.”

We have no high hopes of this game tonight, although we think a good FA Cup run would help the team a lot this season. But in other games recently, we’ve had high hopes, so maybe the way we feel is an indication we’re going to do a lot better today.

We’ll try anything we can to get Newcastle back on their winning ways – as you can see. 😀

Comments very welcome.

11 comments so far

  • LeazesEndLoyal

    Jan 6, 2008 at 10:16 AM

    Comment #1

    Owen is not the answer to our prayers, he’s not tall enough to head a ball and he’s not strong enough to hold it up!

  • Marc Kobrin

    Jan 6, 2008 at 10:40 AM

    Comment #2

    thats right

    get ASHTON NOW

  • carl

    Jan 6, 2008 at 10:59 AM

    Comment #3

    obviously.but owen always ends up in the right place, everyone on the planet who knows about football knows owen is not a target man!

  • Graeme

    Jan 6, 2008 at 11:01 AM

    Comment #4

    Owen scoring the sort of goals Shearer used to score???? In who’s dreams?? Whats he been smoking????

    Owen isnt tall enough, strong enough or good enough, its that simple. He is a goal poacher in the Jimmy Greaves mold and a damn good one as well. He will never make a CF as long as the hole in his backside points downwards.

    Bringing in someone like Dean Ashton or Peter Crouch would do wonders for both Owen and Martins, both being hobbits in stature. They would then have someone to play off and open the chances for them. It cant happen soon enough in my view.

    Good luck for stoke, will be watching it in the pub tonight.

  • carl

    Jan 6, 2008 at 11:07 AM

    Comment #5

    crouch wouls be great, get rid of fat man viduka

  • Leo

    Jan 6, 2008 at 11:17 AM

    Comment #6

    well if we dont have the talented players that pool and man united have then why are we trying to play the same style as them (supposedly) attack attack attack

    do what reading do, work on our freekicks, we have some big lads now so that shouldnt be a problem

  • wrighty

    Jan 6, 2008 at 11:19 AM

    Comment #7

    When BSA referred to Shearer’s goals…he meant the importance of the goals he scored to decide matches – the games where we nicked games by a goal and where we had one chance all game and he buried it – thats what he was referring too ! Basically the importance of having someone up front who will score more goals than they miss.

    Not the fact that he wants Owen scroing the exact same type of goals that Shearer scored and in the same fashion !


    Jan 6, 2008 at 12:05 PM

    Comment #8

    With Duff and Owen returning hopefully this will see us reverting to 4-4-2 and goodbye to long punts upfield.

  • Steeley

    Jan 6, 2008 at 12:49 PM

    Comment #9

    Ooh Fat Sam, comparing yourself to Benitez and Fergie….wishful thinking fattie! You’ll NEVER be anywhere near either of them!!!!!!!!!

  • scott9

    Jan 6, 2008 at 2:29 PM

    Comment #10

    i think owen held it up well against man city

  • scott9

    Jan 6, 2008 at 2:32 PM

    Comment #11

    we have been missing to many chances if u miss the chances weve missed u dont deserve to win the games our finishing has been poor we cant convert good chances thats why owen could save our season if he stays fit unlikely he will stay fit i no but hopefully he will.


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