We like the way Michael Owen is stepping up in his role as captain of Newcastle.
Owen – we want to see a few of these from Michael tonight
Michael talked today to the Evening Chronicle about our crucial game with Birmingham tonight, which kicks off in less than 90 minutes time.
â€œIt was at Birmingham when I made my comeback at the end of the 2005-06 season after I had suffered that metatarsal injury against Spurs at White Hart Lane on the New Yearâ€™s Eve.â€ â€œThis was an important match for me when I came on for the last half-hour, but tonightâ€™s game is a lot more important.â€
â€œCertainly we are going to St Andrews tonight in different circumstances to the last time we went there.â€ â€œNobody need tell us how important it is for us to get three points tonight as it would take us up the table.â€ â€œBut we have got to go to St Andrews with cool heads and not panic.â€ â€œWe have had difficult games against the likes of Manchester United, Liverpool and Arsenal, and few people expected us to pick anything up from them.â€
â€œIf we had, it would have been a bonus.â€ â€œBut we have enough ability in the side to win tonight and thatâ€™s what we are looking to do.â€ â€œI can remember scoring for Liverpool at Birmingham and it would be great if I could keep that run going.â€ â€œBut I have to have the right service. I am not the sort of striker like Thierry Henry who can go deep and provide a goal for himself.â€
â€œConsidering I have had a couple of nasty injuries since I came to Newcastle, and also had a spell in Spain with Real Madrid, I am quite happy with my 129 goals.â€ â€œI donâ€™t think myself or anyone else for that matter will get anywhere near Alan Shearerâ€™s record of 260 goals. But when I was a kid I would have settled for my scoring record.â€
â€œBut having said this I am only 28 and I feel I have plenty of years of football left in me. And I also hope I have plenty of goals still in me, starting in tonightâ€™s game at Birmingham.â€
Good words as usual from Michael, who always seems so sensible and truthful.
But make no mistake, itâ€™s time to deliver on the field, not only for Michael, but whoever gets the opportunity to play tonight.
We donâ€™t take too much notice of the words being said by the players, because they mean nothing if we go out in the next game and wave the white flag.
We really hope we can get 3 points tonight and register our first league win in 3 months, and only our second overall win in those 3 months.
Itâ€™s almost unbelievable thatâ€™s our record, not to mention the disgraceful goals for and goals against record, which now has us with the worst goal difference in the league apart from bottom placed Derby County.
But itâ€™s time to break it all open and get 3 points on the board, and then weâ€™ll be very happy to hear Michael talking again after game, or any other of our players. We’ve been so starved of success it’s 3 months since that last happened, and 3 months since we improved our goal difference in a game. Incredible but true.
But we need to win. Make no mistake, this is a very very important game for Newcastle United and our season tonight.
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