Owen – We Can Beat Anybody

Since Kevin Keegan arrived at the club in mid-January Michael Owen has stepped up and is loving his time as the Newcastle captain.


Michael Owen – an important player on Saturday

It’s an important game both for Newcastle and Michael at Anfield on Saturday and he can be a key player for us. He’s sure to want to score at his old club and after missing 5 good chances by his own admission last Saturday, luck could finally be on our side, for a change.

Newcastle captain Michael Owen told the Evening Chronicle today:

“It will be a proud moment at Liverpool. I’ve only played Liverpool once since I came here.” “It’ll be good and we often speak about it in the dressing room.”

“Nicky Butt going back to Manchester United is similar, and it’s either the best experience or the worst.” “It really is awful when you get beat and we lost 2-0 at Anfield last time.”

“If you get a result at your old club it’s always nice and then you can meet old friends and go knowing you gave them a really good game and got something out of it.”

“You don’t want to be putting your head down and sliding out a side door to get back on the coach and get up the road.”

It turns out that Newcastle have not won at Anfield in the Premier League since the season after Kevin Keegan took Newcastle into the Premier League. That’s a long time ago – so obviously we are due a win. 😀

Owen continued:

“I was an apprentice then, about 13 or 14,” “I might have even been there!”

“I used go to a lot of the games when I wasn’t playing myself at the school of excellence.”

Owen scored 118 goals in 216 appearances for Liverpool during his stint at Anfield from 1997 until he went to Real Madrid in 2004. He has scored 13 goals for Newcastle in his 37 appearances for Newcastle with 31 starts. Michael would love to add to that total on Saturday.

We’ve only scored 3 goals in our last 8 league games so we are due some goals, that’s for sure. But which of the strikers will score is an open question, with fellow striker Alan Smith still to open his account at the club.

Speaking on the Newcastle striker situation, Owen said:

“We’ve got plenty of strikers.” “We have Viduka, Smith, Martins, Carroll, Shola and myself.”

“There are six players for two positions.”

That may be true but we have nobody who can put the ball in the back of the net at the moment. Maybe that will change on Saturday – we certainly hope so and we need a change of fortunes form the last 3 months or so.

Michael continued:

“We’ve still had terrible luck with Viduka being injured and Martins with his ankle problem.” “Smithy has had to play in other positions too, and I’ve had injury problems.”

“As much as we’ve got a lot, it’s not often we’ve had everybody fit.”

“When we are firing on all cylinders we can compete with some of the best teams in the Premier League.” “But we haven’t been playing well or creating chances.”

“We’re not doing the things we should be doing.” “At the minute you wouldn’t think this group of players can do anything.”

“But when we are firing on all cylinders, we can beat anybody.”

We agree with Michael on that last sentence. Certainly if last Saturday is anything to go by, from now on we’ll fear nobody. And as Mike Ashley has requested, the team will be brave enough to go anywhere and think they can win.

That will be true on Saturday and a win at Anfield would be fantastic. We think we have a chance.

Comments welcome.

20 comments so far

  • ChrisM

    Mar 6, 2008 at 5:01 PM

    Comment #1

    Its a very interesting comment to make about us being able to beat anybody prior to our trip to Loverpool against a team whose striker has scored two consecutive hatricks and we have not won a game since december 15th.


    Mar 6, 2008 at 5:06 PM

    Comment #2

    Rodney Marsh After Dinner
    Top Player Pundit & I’m a Celeb Call High Performance: 01784 419914

    i will Just memorize that number so i dont dial it by mistake

    And another thing why are loads of ex-scouse players advertising their shitty after dinner routines around the north east ive seen Tommy Smith advertising in the Lambton Worm loads and now Case and callaghan are having a bash


    a bit off topic but it needed saying…

  • dingo

    Mar 6, 2008 at 5:14 PM

    Comment #3

    @ the moment we couldn’t beat our wife if we had drank 10 pints of Stella… I am hoping for a draw this weekend… if they score first we are in for a drubbing.

    It will all come out in the wash. Intertoto for next season!


    Mar 6, 2008 at 5:22 PM

    Comment #4

    This is worth a read and a giggle fom NUFC.COM :

    Galaxy discard defender

    Having given away a penalty within ten minutes of his debut for LA Galaxy, former Magpie Celestine Babayaro has been released by the MLS side.

    Under the League’s capped salary structure, sides can trial players in pre-season but then have to waive their rights to any that signing any that would break their budget.

    That fate has befallen Babayaro,

    Injury problems and visa difficulties had restricted the 29 year-old defender to just one 45 minute appearance for Ruud Gullit’s side – in a friendly defeat against South Korean side Seoul last weekend.

  • ken from jarrow

    Mar 6, 2008 at 5:26 PM

    Comment #5

    Come on lads lets support the team instead of being so negative. Owen and co are all good players, they have been elsewhere so is up to us give them our full support and hopefully they will pay us back with a good performance.


    Mar 6, 2008 at 5:32 PM

    Comment #6

    Ken you are spot on mate.

    I know this team wont start but this should be our Team

    Beye Edgar Taylor Enrique
    Milner Faye Emre N’Zogbia
    Owen Martins

    Subs: Forster, Cacapa, Butt, Duff, Carroll

    Duff in on left wing for Emre if he is unavailable and Zog would move inside, Lua Lua on the bench if Duff plays.

  • CJ

    Mar 6, 2008 at 5:38 PM

    Comment #7

    I see Owen is now a comedian we can beat anybody if you make them where a blindfold he had missed out.

  • nasher

    Mar 6, 2008 at 5:39 PM

    Comment #8

    DINGO- how will there be intertoto you muppett?

    you need to finish 7th not the championship!

  • Ashton

    Mar 6, 2008 at 5:42 PM

    Comment #9

    Good line up CRAIGG but i cant see it happening

  • Edd Case

    Mar 6, 2008 at 6:00 PM

    Comment #10

    Should’nt the title be??;

    Owen – We ‘Can’t’ Beat Anybody

  • GP

    Mar 6, 2008 at 6:14 PM

    Comment #11

    nasher – It’s not 7th, it’s the highest placed team who’s applied for the intertoto. Besides, how the hell can you finish “the championship”? We could finish 18th if that’s what you mean.

  • Mighty Mouse

    Mar 6, 2008 at 6:14 PM

    Comment #12

    Owen has really impressed me recently with his attitude. I think giving him the armband was a master stroke!

    I really hope he gets himself on the score sheet soon. I am expecting a hard game against the scousers and taking into account Gerrard and Torres’ form we will struggle to take a point but from then on to the end of the season we should be free scoring and picking up points.

  • Graham

    Mar 6, 2008 at 6:17 PM

    Comment #13

    “But when we are firing on all cylinders, we can beat anybody.”

    so exactly how many cylinders we got burning at the minute?

  • Davies

    Mar 6, 2008 at 6:18 PM

    Comment #14

    Very funny, 10 pints of Stella. I’ll have to remember that one.

    Still, howay the lads etc….

  • hanzemre

    Mar 6, 2008 at 7:17 PM

    Comment #15

    good positive thinking from the captain again so let’s now on put some good performances & being able to finish any those scoring chances only then we’d sing happliy after a surprise/welcome win which we don’t really deserve it. Though another heavy bashing is more likely to happen. Hope not this time. Stand up & be counted!

  • Pete

    Mar 6, 2008 at 7:18 PM

    Comment #16

    Dunno if it’s just me, but I’m thinking more along the lines that we can’t beat anyone…

  • Scott Hodge

    Mar 6, 2008 at 8:34 PM

    Comment #17

    Not with Steven Taylor in defence we wont. Someone on this forum wants him to play for us for the next 15 years, well if thats the case we’ll end up in the 2nd division because he hasnt developed as I thought he would and i was a great fan of his. He wont be a top flight Premiership defender but because he obviously kisses the right arses and says the right things he’s beyond critiscism. He will destroy any chances of Newcastle ever winning anything. Dont forget Titus Bramble played for the England -21 and look what happened to him. I pay almost £1000 a season for my ticket in the Milburn Stand and I’ve almost had enough of whats going on at this club. Why did Keegan, known runner, take this job in the first place? Because he’s skint, thats why and I like the guy but it has to be said. I’m really pissed off with it all !!

  • ObaFan2

    Mar 6, 2008 at 8:46 PM

    Comment #18

    We-can-beat-someone……… but I hate to say it i doubt it will be Liverpool this Saturday.

    If we study their fa cup loss maybe we could pick up some tips, I’d love 3 points Saturday but it wont be the end of the world if we don’t get them.

  • leavy

    Mar 6, 2008 at 11:19 PM

    Comment #19

    we are going to die torres in the form of his life gerrard all guns blazing who do we have! smith and butt!!! this looks good

  • Bosck

    Mar 7, 2008 at 11:12 AM

    Comment #20

    torres and gerrard may well not play, as they have the champions league games a couple of days late, and benitez may well rotate to keep them fresh for that.

    at least thats what i’m hoping!!!


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