Owen Apologizes to Newcastle Team Mates

The game yesterday was a welcome change for Newcastle fans, in that the team played the Keegan way and attacked Blackburn from the start and should have been a couple of goals up at half time.


Michael Owen – could have had a hat trick

The main culprit with the misses was Michael Owen, of all people, who could easily have had a hat trick yesterday, but it was not to be, and Newcastle went down to their 3rd successive league defeat and 8th defeat in the last 11 league games.

Manager Kevin Keegan said after the game:

“Michael came straight into the dressing room, put his hands up and said, ‘sorry guys, I should have scored.” “But he won’t go hiding, that’s for sure. He puts himself up there, gets himself into positions and on another day he could have had a hat-trick.”

“But today (Saturday), it wasn’t to be. He is a top-quality player and a great finisher, but today, he put his hands up and said he should have scored a few goals.”

“At least today, we created chances for him, and that’s something we haven’t done,” “We created a bit more and you know on another day, it will end up in goals in the back of the net.”

“Football can be cruel. I thought we played some really good stuff.” “We should have come in at half-time at least two goals to the good, and we created another four or five chances in the second-half.”

“But amazingly, through a combination of sometimes not finishing off great moves and very good goalkeeping from Brad Friedel, they kept in it.”

“That’s bad enough, 0-0, but to go and then pinch at the end 1-0 was a real body blow for us and something I don’t think the players deserved – in fact, I know they didn’t deserve it.”

We’ve got to admit we were crushed after the game. But in retrospect there’s so many good things that we can take out of the game – if not any points, which is really what we all wanted.

The main thing is the players played with courage and conviction and attacked from the start. Yes, we missed many chances but faint heart never won fair lady – and if we continue to go out and think we can win every game from now on – strange things can happen and our luck will turn around.

We just have to keep playing like yesterday, and there are not many goalkeepers as good as Brad Friedel these days in the Premier League.

We just have to remain upbeat – however difficult that seems to be at the moment.
Comments welcome.

14 comments so far

  • Carr is shite

    Mar 2, 2008 at 10:36 AM

    Comment #1

    The best way to apologise to us is to get a hat-trick and a win in the next match against liverpool.

  • clinton martis

    Mar 2, 2008 at 10:46 AM

    Comment #2

    lol..well said steven carr..;)….

  • Graham

    Mar 2, 2008 at 10:48 AM

    Comment #3

    I didn’t see the game and only caught brief highlights while sitting in Newcastle General A&E (long story) but what I did see was something which has been missing for at least 2 seasons.

    Players (Barton excepted) who pass the ball to feet with confidence and who can create chances for the front men. And also a determination to win the ball back when lost.

    Owen should have scored at least 2 but then again he was probably the most suprised bloke in the ground when all those chances came his way!

    Give him a couple of those chances next week and he’ll score. The trouble is how many will we let in?

    But, having said that, is the Liverpool game not a perfect one to get going? Owen going back, Keegan returning….. play like they played yesterday and get at them from the off and we’ve got a chance

  • Nick C

    Mar 2, 2008 at 10:58 AM

    Comment #4

    Barton has been roundly slagged off, but if Owen had put his chances away, he would have had a couple of brilliant assists to his name.

  • Dragoner

    Mar 2, 2008 at 11:17 AM

    Comment #5

    i agree nick c, barton wasn’t consistent yesterday, but he made at least 4 or 5 key passes, and that is exactly what we need,he will come good

  • jordi

    Mar 2, 2008 at 11:26 AM

    Comment #6

    So if Owen is admitting he didn’t do his job is he going to give back this weeks wages?

    Just wondering 😉

    Barton improved on his recent performances yesterday but that wasn’t hard eh? A few good passes isn’t enough (even if they set up a goal) to justify his start. It’s not just like playing with 10 men at times (even Smith does better) its like 10 v 12!! Does he realise which side he’s on??

    Hope the ‘rest’ against Liverpool turns his season round (better late than never, eh?)

  • Ant (Smith and Barton are SHIT)

    Mar 2, 2008 at 12:04 PM

    Comment #7

    Well at least Joey ain’t getting a game against the scousers 🙂

    Maybe we could find Smith and break his legs…Then we could have 11 men on the field :O

    Imagine a Toon side with 11 football players playing for us…I’m gonna stick in the team I want(assuming they’re fit)

    Beye Faye Cacapa/Edgar Enrique
    Milner Lualua Emre N’Zogbia
    Owen/Viduka Martins

    Carroll on to partner Martins with 20-30 mins to go, if all goes well he’s in my starting 11 for our next game

  • scott9

    Mar 2, 2008 at 12:11 PM

    Comment #8

    ant i now everyone is entitle to there own opinion but emre and lua lua in cm is mad they would leave the back four with no protection they are not strong enough to play in midfiled together if u was going to play one of them in midfiled u nedd a barton geremi butt or faye in with them otherwise it wont work

  • scott9

    Mar 2, 2008 at 12:16 PM

    Comment #9

    this would be my team
    beye faye taylor enrique
    milner geremi barton nzogbia
    owen martins
    smith really needs to be dropped he just isnt good enough
    players i would like to see in the summer realisticly
    mcgeady(bit of a long shot i no but u never no)
    scott brown
    steve sidwell
    van buyten
    a top class someone like barzagli kompany mertasacker i doubt we will doubt we will be able to get one of those but we need a cb of that qaulity

  • scott9

    Mar 2, 2008 at 12:19 PM

    Comment #10

    just imagine what keegan could do with a team like
    beye van buyten kompany shorey
    milner sidwell scott brwon mcgeady
    it just weather we will be able to attract these sort of players

  • jordi

    Mar 2, 2008 at 12:26 PM

    Comment #11

    @Ant: I agree with Scott9 on this one mate Lua Lua and Emre wouldn’t cope well together in midfield.
    From your team though you rate Cacapa and Edgar as about equal so why not have them in defence, push Faye up to DM (where he’s looked good imo) and sub Emre (who fades out of games for me) for Lua Lua with 30 mins left?
    I think that would work quite well but its just my opinion. 🙂

  • Mag 4 Life

    Mar 2, 2008 at 12:43 PM

    Comment #12

    Im pleased owen is actually getting chances now but I think that the two starting up front against Liverpool should either be Martins and Owen or Carroll and Martins. Oba has to be started and to me he is the biggest threat that we have (when fit) in front of goal. I also think Emre (if fit) should be brought back in for Barton. Hopefully we will catch Liverpool on an off day 🙂

  • tims

    Mar 2, 2008 at 2:08 PM

    Comment #13

    when Friedel is in-form, no one cant beat him

  • hanzemre

    Mar 3, 2008 at 10:56 AM

    Comment #14

    Since Barton’ll no be able to play, let’s put Geremi/Emre in there along with of coz’ Butt is expected to start anyway. Lua Lua (/ even Emre if fit) must come in after 60 min.


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