Newcastle got off to a great start in their game at Villa Park when Newcastle Michael Owen headed home a half chance from a great Damien Duff left wing cross to put Newcastle ahead after only 5 minutes.
Owen sent a message immediately to new England coach Fabio Capello and it was a typical Owen goal, so simple and so easy. In fact it was just what he did last week against Middlesbrough but this time it was allowed, as should have been last week.
Â Michael Owen – great opportunist goal from the England Striker
Owen has looked very good in the first half with a spring in his step as had most of the other Newcastle players. The Newcastle team are playing good football and Milner, Duff, Butt and Barton are getting a lot of the ball for the team.
Beye is finding it hard sometimes to contain the impressive looking Ashely Young, but Stephen Carr is coping at left back â€“ although he keeps switching the ball to his right foot.
Given was called on to make one very good save after 41 minutes, when he stopped a Carew header, but other than that the defense ha splayed quite well.
There was a dodgy moment early on, when Cacapa allowed himself to be barged off the ball by Petrov â€“ he just cannot allow that to happen in the Premier League.
Villa will now have to attack more in the second half and the longer Newcastle can remain ahead the more chance we have of catching them short at the back, in a breakaway.
This is a very good performance from the full team, and oh by the way, we have some good subs available in Emre, Faye , Viduka and Enrique if we need to shore up things in the second half.
We expect Newcastle to keep attacking in the second half to try to get a second goal and not just defend a one goal lead – which we wouldn’t expect from Keegan in any case.
We badly need these 3 points today to give everybody associated with Newcastle a big lift.Â We need it.