Keegan – Owen Has Led Newcastle Fantastically

Michael Owen scored his second goal in as many games for Newcastle United this afternoon, and is just starting to look like the world-class striker he can be.

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Michael Owen – another vital goal today

It seems that Kevin has been delighted with Michael Owen, in many ways, since he came back to Newcastle in mid-January. Certainly we’ve noticed Michael’s work rate go up significantly and he’s worked his tail off for the team again today. He certainly sets a good example on the field for the rest of the lads.

But the really good thing about today’s display is that every single player turned up and put in a good shift this afternoon. It was an excellent team performance and we proved too good for Fulham.

The reward was all the 3 points the side thoroughly deserved.

This is what Kevin Keegan said after the game this afternoon:

“People keep questioning all sorts of things with these great players, but they can answer them,” “Michael probably answered a few critics again today – and there are plenty out there, from what I am seeing.”

“But the players always get the chance to do that on the football field. People can write what they want, but as a journalist, you have got to sit there and write what you see and today, you saw someone totally committed.”

“He has led this team fantastically. He is a great skipper, not because of all the things he shouts, but because of the example he shows.” “I have said all the time what I think of Michael Owen. He would certainly be in most people’s England side.”

“He is definitely in form. This idea that Michael is not as sharp as he was has been dispelled this week with his finish at Birmingham, where the one thing you think of when he scored that goal is sharpness, and today again against another committed side.”

“Michael will just keep doing what he does. By all means criticize when they are not doing well, but praise them when they are.”

Good words from Kevin as usual and it’s really looking like Michael is starting to earn his spurs with the Newcastle United faithful.

His goal today was from a set piece, worked out on the training field many times no doubt, and it put the game away for Newcastle.

At just 1-0 up in the second half, the game was anything but over, even though Newcastle were clearly the better side.

That goal now puts Michael on 8 goals this season, one more than Oba Martins, and Mark Viduka improves to 6 goals. Mark’s goal was a fantastic individual effort after just 8 minutes. If only we can get this guy playing more games for us.

It seems Mark just loves playing for Kevin Keegan, and today’s performance, coupled with his play last Monday at Birmingham are not bad at all. He’s been out a few weeks, but since he’s come back he’s made a huge difference in the team.

It’s interesting our top 3 goal-scorers are all starting in the front three positions in Kevin’s new 4-3-3 formation. Good thinking Kevin, but not rocket science. :D.

The formation worked well again today, and the players seemed comfortable with 4-3-3, which they never did under Big Sam.

However, we played very narrowly today and 4-4-2 does give us a lot more penetration down the wings. However, we don’t expect the formation to change anytime soon. What’s that saying – “if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it”

Comments welcome.