Owen – Team Not Happy With Birmingham Draw


Michael Owen has talked to the Newcastle Journal this morning. and has revealed a number of things, including the team was not happy with the draw at Birmingham last Monday.

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Michael Owen – ready for take-off in last 8 games?

Michael talked this morning:

“I have been an England player for several years and I am still only 28,” “Obviously there are, hopefully, plenty of years and more caps under the new manager.”“But there are many more pressing things. We are not at the European Championships this summer. Obviously everyone wants to get into the manager’s team, but I have many more important things to worry about until then.”

“My main priority is to get many more points for Newcastle and that is what I am concentrating on. We have got to put the relegation thing to bed as soon as possible. The plan is to finish the season and have everyone thinking what was the worry about.”

That’s a good point, and we were a little unlucky last Monday. However, to be brutally realistic, that means we haven’t won a league game since December 15th at Fulham. Hey, looks like we’re going to get the double over Fulham. 😀 But the Cottagers are fighting for their lives and are coming off a good 1-0 win at home Everton. We are going to have to watch Brian McBride though, who always seems to get goals against Newcastle, for some reason.

We’ve got to break this streak without a win, and surely we can take the points on Saturday to start putting the relegation worries behind us.

Michael continued:

“Hopefully we can get right out of the wrong end of the table as soon as possible and win a good few games before the end of the season. We have a game on Saturday (against Fulham) that can help us do that. We can then look back at a week and say four points from teams below us and kick on from there.”

Good words from Michael. Owen’s contract expires next summer, and there has been talk of whether it should be extended. Certainly, it looks like Keegan wants to build the attack around Michael for next season, which is hardly surprising.

Michael continued:

“The only thing I have not understood when people talk about my contract is the moment you say the club have not offered you a contract it is the club snubbing you and vice-versa, but it is not like that. The club have not offered me a new contract, I have not knocked on the door and asked for one.”

“There are more pressing things. I would think it would be sorted in the summer, but I wouldn’t even suggest asking Kevin Keegan, it is probably the chairman you need to ask. All I am concentrating on is playing for Newcastle and making sure we finish the season strongly.”

It’s also becoming clear that once Newcastle can get some good results the form of the team will increase dramatically. When all looked lost at half time last Monday, the lads didn’t drop their heads , and came storming back in the second half and were easily the better team. You could see the confidence starting to surge through a number of Newcastle’s players. And as fans it was so great to see, after the worries we had in the first 45 minutes.

And it looks like the lads were upbeat after the game, even though a win was really what we all wanted to see.

Owen continued:

“In the dressing room after the Birmingham game it was the best I have felt for a while. It was the first day off I could go home and enjoy my day off. I could smile and laugh with the kids without thinking about the stresses and strains of the football.”

“We are not pleased we have drawn with Birmingham. We are bigger and better than to be pleased with drawing at Birmingham. But the manner of what we did and what has happened over the last few weeks, you have to be pleased we have shown character.”

We have one thing to say to Michael – score a couple of goals on Saturday and have a great family weekend with wife Louise and the 3 kids.

It’s been 3 months since not only Mike Ashley could celebrate a win, but more important, the loyal Newcastle fans. A nice win on Saturday and the Bigg Market will be rocking on Saturday night, and Mike will be celebrating at some night club – somewhere – where some lucky fans will be getting free drinks. 😀

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18 comments so far

  • Egar

    Mar 20, 2008 at 9:38 AM

    Comment #1

    Aye, I’ll drink to that.

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  • Leo Kompany for the Toon

    Mar 20, 2008 at 9:45 AM

    Comment #2

    i love to hear arrogant comments from owen- it shows that the confidence is coming back, great because we need a confident team to stay up.

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  • Davies

    Mar 20, 2008 at 9:46 AM

    Comment #3

    Michael Owen is all well and good, but I read that Man City are lining up a bid for Oba.

    Surely Wor Kev wouldn’t be foolish enough to sell him, would he…………?

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  • geordie4life

    Mar 20, 2008 at 9:47 AM

    Comment #4

    saturdays game is must win, KK has got to start with martins, he is one of a few players who look like they give a shit about playin for our club.

    Smith has got to be as far away as possible, give the youth a chance, they have been blossomin in the reserves,

    if we dont beat fulham on saturday we deserve to go down

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  • Callum

    Mar 20, 2008 at 9:53 AM

    Comment #5

    If we sell Martins I, and I’m sure a number of other fans wont be happy

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  • african-kenyan-ronniezog

    Mar 20, 2008 at 9:53 AM

    Comment #6

    its good to hear owen talk sense for the first time in history,he should make sure that he’s looking more dangerous on the pitch more than martins before he makes the next comments

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  • James

    Mar 20, 2008 at 10:07 AM

    Comment #7

    The best thing KK has done since taking charge is make Owen Captain. He leds by example on and off the pitch, with very good work man like performances, and sensible comments to the media. When our backs were against the wall on Monday losing 1-0, it was Owen coming deep and making things happen that got us back into the game.

    And to think Fat Sam made Smith captain!

    As for Oba he will not be sold. Rumour has that Fat Sam wanted to sell him in January and Mort sacked him for it. Oba will get a massive bumper contract in the summer that will tie him to the club for years.

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  • Edd Case

    Mar 20, 2008 at 10:08 AM

    Comment #8

    If we sell Martins, Keegan must deliver again, like when he sold Cole and brought in Ferdinand.

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  • Stami - PLAY CARROLL

    Mar 20, 2008 at 10:25 AM

    Comment #9

    good words from Owen(as usual)! he really seems to be taking his captaincy to heart, which is exactly what we need! i am a bit concerned about some of our players leaving in the summer. i dont doubt Owens commitment to the club, but it is worrying that we are not playing in Europe for yet another season! Players like Owen, Martins, Enrique, Milner and Zoggy belong on that European stage and we will not be able to offer that to them for atleast another season! The likes of Villa, Spurs or City, be they lesser/smaller clubs, may be able to poach such players with the offer of European football! look at what happened with Woodgate…! As i have no doubt that we will be in the Uefa Cup 2 seasons from now, i wonder how many of these players will be willing to wait that long!!!

    HOWAY THE LADS!

    KEEPING THE FAITH

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  • James

    Mar 20, 2008 at 10:47 AM

    Comment #10

    Sami – Villa and Man City are not in Europe next season. Only Spurs, Everton, and the winners of the FA CUP get UEFA.

    6th place does not get a UEFA cup this season

    Of the players you mentioned, only NZogbia will leave.

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  • Whumpie

    Mar 20, 2008 at 11:33 AM

    Comment #11

    Really pleased to read proper “Captain’s words” from Owen. No doubt some crappy London-based tabloid will try to take bits out of context and work up to a headline like “Owen admits he hates Newcastle and wants Capello’s babies”.

    Honestly – he gets an excellent poacher’s goal on Monday during an excellent and sharp performance, and what do the Mail have on their back page? “Is Michael Owen Past It?”

    Total scum-bags, the tabloids. But I wouldn’t be surprised if Owen ended up with a goal tally well into double figures this season in reply.

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  • Sage

    Mar 20, 2008 at 11:44 AM

    Comment #12

    Do not get too overconfident lads, we had not kept a clean sheet since Christmas and you had two players who ALWAYS score against us on the park in Owen & Viduka, to say I was pleased that only one scored against us is an overstatement, you have many, many talented players but alas you are not playing as a team, what saddened me was the way you all but kicked our two most influential players of the park in the first half, Macfadden who was reduced to hobbling about the pitch in the second half and Larsson who you managed to put out of the match entirely at half time. strange to see a footballing team such as yourselves reduced to such tactics’ anyway lads the best of luck for the rest of the season, I am sure you have far too much talent to go down, just get the lads playing as a team instead of for themselves and you have cracked it.

    Sage

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  • Leo Kompany for the Toon

    Mar 20, 2008 at 11:55 AM

    Comment #13

    what about larsson on butt??? he pushed him over and he landed in the dugout and had a big gash on his arm!!! it was 6 of one half a dozen of the other

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  • ObaFan2

    Mar 20, 2008 at 12:17 PM

    Comment #14

    Owen staying fit and not getting injured is a huge boost to any team, however

    Oba is a Geordie 🙂

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  • MattyDread

    Mar 20, 2008 at 12:19 PM

    Comment #15

    I agree with the above comments in regards to Owen’s captaincy. I’ve been pleasantly surprised with how he’s taken on the role.

    I think it’s really important that KK keeps hold of both Owen and Martins as they’re both capable of being world class and I think, given the chance, they will continue to develop as a partnership. Oba to pull shots out of nowhere and Owen to mop up the pieces. Both are deceptively good in the air too.

    If we had a midfield capable of putting the ball at Vid’s feet the front three KK picked on Monday would be devastating.

    I think this would work a treat:

    ————- Harper ————–

    Beye – Taylor – Faye – Enrique

    ————— Butt —————
    — Duff ———— N’Zogbia —

    ————– Viduka ————-
    —— Owen —— Martins ——

    It depends on how well Duff and Charlie graft tho which is a problem! So long as Butt stays in the anchor role and sticks to playing the easy pass he’s well worth his place in the team. Not sure about who’d be best in central defence…

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  • Sage

    Mar 20, 2008 at 2:41 PM

    Comment #16

    what about larsson on butt??? he pushed him over and he landed in the dugout and had a big gash on his arm!!! it was 6 of one half a dozen of the other.

    The Butt into the dugout was retribution for an earlier foul further up the touchline when Butt took Larsson over the hoardings, more a dozen of one and half a dozen of the other methinks

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  • CRAIGG

    Mar 20, 2008 at 2:44 PM

    Comment #17

    I like owen as captain his form has improved and will improve further next season with better supply from the midfield.

    He Talks sense and doesnt talk like a thick numb skull like most footballers who only speak drivel with um and aaahs lie Gerrard and Rooney and listen to Andy Johnson he says Like after every couple of words and Dont get me started on Beckham,

    I could listen to KK for hours his passion and Honesty shines through, I also liked listening to Nigel pearson who was clearly spoken and not a thick darts playing, pie man like Allardyce.

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  • Leo

    Mar 20, 2008 at 3:18 PM

    Comment #18

    blooming hell lol. i used to ridicule butt something rotten, but because he has been putting committed performances in i am going to stick up for him.

    football is a competitive sport sage mate, look at how alan hutton reacted after the match about ashley coles bad tackle. he took it as the game.

    butt normally is a tough tackler and if someone goes in rough on him, he is obviously going to go even harder than usual.

    im sick of poncey players in the premiership falling over and whinging on about tackles after the game, it does my head in… obviously larsson was injured and so i do not note him in that category, but it is getting beyond a joke…

    arsenal try and justify the falling over as because they are more skillful… (yeah more skillful at the art of falling over)

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