Michael Owen – You Could Sense The Relief


Michael Owen was relieved and very upbeat today, when he talked the the Newcastle Evening Chronicle.

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Michael Owen – making his mark as captain

Michael was made captain by Kevin Keegan as soon as Kevin took over the club again, and Michael has played very well since scoring 4 of Newcastle’s 6 goals.

He has also turned out to be a much better captain than we thought and has set a great example to his colleagues by his phenomenal work rate on the field.

And Michael held a huddle for the team just before the kick off, and of course we’d like to know what was said, but whatever it was, it was good because the lads played well as a team, and showed good spirit and fighting qualities, and some good skill too. If they need a huddle before every game to produce the good, then so be it.

Michael told the Evening Chronicle:

“I am really enjoying it. Obviously, it was tough at the start – just the same as it was for the manager.” “The boss came in and appointed me, and we almost started new roles together. It was a tough assignment straight away with Arsenal away twice and, since then, Liverpool and Manchester United.”

“We’ve had some tough games, but the victory over Fulham was the manager’s first win, and my first win as captain.” “It is a monkey off our backs, so to speak. We had a tough start with the fixtures, but now, hopefully, we can go on a little run.”

“When you are getting beaten and lacking confidence, you tend to have more meetings.” “When you’re winning, you don’t want to touch anything. We’ve had our fair share of chats over the weeks, and we’ve set some goals.”

“We knew this was a big week. We felt we needed a minimum of four points out of our last two games, and before the game I just reminded everyone that we had got one point from Birmingham City, and got half the job done. This was a tougher job.”

“You could sense the relief, not only among the fans, but also the players, staff and everyone.” “When you win like this, it’s a cracking feeling. You can go home for a meal with the missus and not go to bed with a sore head.”

“Obviously, we had a bit of a game plan. We were at home, and we wanted to ask questions of Fulham.” “It was similar to Birmingham away, but it was the other way around.” “For the first 20-25 minutes I thought we were fantastic.” “We scored a goal, created a few chances, and I should have scored with a header.”

“Then they got a foothold in the game, and that’s often the way.” “The second half was a bit better, but we’re not by any means playing to our capabilities.”

“Two-nil was a great result, and we don’t care how we play as long as we get results like that.”

It’s very simple what Newcastle fans want to see from now until the end of the season, and that’s the lads playing more to their capabilities with some fight and heart. That’s all Newcastle fans have ever ask of their players.

But when they produce that type of performance, like on Saturday, a win is often the result, and the fans go home happy.

We just want to have more of the same, that’s all.

Comments welcome.



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47 comments so far

  • Leo

    Mar 24, 2008 at 4:05 PM

    Comment #1

    good words from owen, im hungover, anyone knw a good cure?

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  • Punk Skunk

    Mar 24, 2008 at 4:10 PM

    Comment #2

    Hair of the DOG that bit ya’!..

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  • Leo

    Mar 24, 2008 at 4:18 PM

    Comment #3

    i would try that mate but ive got to drive later. also it just delays the hangover so that when it comes it 10x worse

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  • Reb

    Mar 24, 2008 at 5:38 PM

    Comment #4

    Gatorade or some other vitamin & nutrient reinforced drink, according to the doctor in my family — a hangover is the result of dehydration and an imbalance of vitamins leftover from the body having to burn off the alcohol. Gatorade and a hamburger does it for me, most times.

    Isn’t Owen away with England currently? Wonder when he gave the interview. Speaking of England, if Owen plays — especially if it’s near 90 minutes — should Keegan risk him against Spurs? Not much recovery time, and it might not be worth risking an injury because he’s knackered. The more important matches v. Reading and Sunderland are still to come, after all.

    He’s captain, and has (touch wood) been fit and played every minute of Keegan’s current reign as manager — but I’m just not sure if Owen should play 180 minutes in 3 or 4 days time. A moot point if he’s not deployed for England, of course.

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  • ToonKing

    Mar 24, 2008 at 5:45 PM

    Comment #5

    damn, your right Reb. We shouldn’t risk him…..

    Man i hate international football so much…….

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  • Leo

    Mar 24, 2008 at 5:51 PM

    Comment #6

    gatorade. love that stuff shame we cant get it over in england.

    anyone know if its snowing in newcastle? just wanting to go thru to town and i dont wana get stuck coming home, up in alnwick its canny heavy but the sun is out

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  • Graham

    Mar 24, 2008 at 6:04 PM

    Comment #7

    Leo – the suns out in Newcastle too shining over St. James Park with no sign of snow.

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  • Leo

    Mar 24, 2008 at 6:08 PM

    Comment #8

    nice one graham cheers

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  • Cockney Magpie

    Mar 24, 2008 at 6:11 PM

    Comment #9

    Gatorade just makes me fink of The Waterboy film lol.

    Owen probably wont get a full 90 for england anyway

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  • Nick C

    Mar 24, 2008 at 6:12 PM

    Comment #10

    Leo, next time u go out, get yourself to asda and buy some “dinks” from the pharmacy. Take 3 b4 you start drinking and make sure u take 3 b4 u kip. U will be amazed the next day!!!

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  • Reb

    Mar 24, 2008 at 6:17 PM

    Comment #11

    Forgot there’s not Gatorade in England…I’ve lived over in America too long. Any sports drink would likely do, or so I am told.

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  • Cockney Magpie

    Mar 24, 2008 at 6:19 PM

    Comment #12

    heres a little tip for future reference Leo but a little bit too late now but after a night on the lash b4 ya hit the sack take 2 paracetemols and drink a pint of water, trust me since iv been doin tht iv neva had a hangover (apart from wen ya so wrecked ya forget obviously)

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  • Graham

    Mar 24, 2008 at 6:21 PM

    Comment #13

    Leo if you’re still there i would stay where you are mate. Its just turned and Nanook of the North has just knocked at the door asking if we can put him up for the night!

    Honestly it changed from the sun splitting the skies to Ice Staion Zebra in 5 mins

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  • Leo

    Mar 24, 2008 at 6:26 PM

    Comment #14

    i think i will risk it haha. driven in worse.

    2 years ago at home to fulham when the game was called off, pretty sure it was fulham

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  • Leo

    Mar 24, 2008 at 6:27 PM

    Comment #15

    ive tried the paracetamol thing, but its the hard thing remembering to do it when uve had a skin full. i might try ‘dinks’ sounds expensive tho haha

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  • Tommyy

    Mar 24, 2008 at 7:00 PM

    Comment #16

    Is it still snowin out?

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  • CRAIGG

    Mar 24, 2008 at 8:10 PM

    Comment #17

    If KK has 50m to spend then he can have a punt at a few players

    What would Hamburg do if KK said i’ll give you £35m on the spot for Kompany and Van der vaart

    if they say shove it then you move on and try for lesser players, but if they say yes then you try and persuade the players to join

    The only reason the players would turn us down I feel is other bigger and better clubs bidding as well as both can play in a better club and league and Newcastle still have a lot of appeal despite the last couple of seasons.

    I know i keep on giving different names every day but im just so excited and i cant wait until the season ends and we can see who KK brings in, Its going to be a very interesting summer and i know we are all probably miles off anyway! but whoever he gets even if i dont like the players i will have 100% support for KKs decisions he doesnt get much wrong and He already has most of the lads playing near their best and will improve the younger lads drastically.

    LONG LIVE THE KING

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  • Charlie Bucket

    Mar 24, 2008 at 8:17 PM

    Comment #18

    Anyone reckon we could get Roque Santa Cruz?

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  • CRAIGG

    Mar 24, 2008 at 8:24 PM

    Comment #19

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  • Cockney Magpie

    Mar 24, 2008 at 8:24 PM

    Comment #20

    i think we could but probably for alot more thn the pennies Blackburn paid 4 him tho

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  • CRAIGG

    Mar 24, 2008 at 8:36 PM

    Comment #21

    —————–Given———————

    —–Beye—Taylor—Kompany—Bridge—–

    —-Bullard—–Carrick—–Van Der Vaart—-

    —-Owen——Viduka——Martins—–

    £50 to start with

    Sell Smith to Mackems for £4m, Ameobi to Boro for £1m and N’Zogbia to Spurs for £8m and Rozenhal to Lazio for £3m give Carr, Cacapa and Geremi free transfers and take what you can for Duff that would be £66 million to spend.

    £35m double deal for Kompany and Van der vaart

    £15m for Carrick

    £6m for Bridge

    £3m for Bullard

    =£58m spent so 5 million bribe to Hamburgs Board members to let the players leave and 3 million bribe to Ferguson to let Carrick leave

    And with Milner and Lua Lua in the squad we could switch to 442 easily.

    KK read this and make it happen and Wise earn your money you southern ponce.

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  • ronaldeano

    Mar 24, 2008 at 9:16 PM

    Comment #22

    lol! well said Craigg mate 🙂 i couldent agree more

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  • GP

    Mar 24, 2008 at 10:04 PM

    Comment #23

    Isn’t VDV heading off to Chelsea?

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  • CRAIGG

    Mar 24, 2008 at 10:05 PM

    Comment #24

    This Would be our A team:

    —————–Given———————

    —–Beye—Taylor—Kompany—Bridge—–

    —-Bullard—–Carrick—–Van Der Vaart—-

    —-Owen——Viduka——Martins—–

    And we could change systems to 442 or play a similar 433 to Chelsea or Man Utd with two wingers instead of three Central Strikers

    This would be our B team:

    —————–Harper———————

    —–Ramage—Faye—Edgar—Enrique—–

    —-Barton—–Butt—–Emre—-

    —-Lua Lua——Carroll—–Milner—

    Top Side and lots of Different players who could rotate depending on the opposition

    What do you lot think??

    Tom_Toon that Chikaoui to boro rumour is gathering pace!!

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  • CRAIGG

    Mar 24, 2008 at 10:06 PM

    Comment #25

    Probably but Grant is going so we could try and nick him before they make an offer

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  • CJ

    Mar 24, 2008 at 10:08 PM

    Comment #26

    I would go for Huddlestone Pandev Brown and would personally pay for Carr and Smith’s flight tickets to a Tibetin protest.

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  • CRAIGG

    Mar 24, 2008 at 10:11 PM

    Comment #27

    I would piss myself into an early grave if Sunderland sign Smith and Carr

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  • CJ

    Mar 24, 2008 at 10:13 PM

    Comment #28

    Craigg it would be our best bit of transfer business since Big Al signed.

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  • Punk Skunk

    Mar 24, 2008 at 10:14 PM

    Comment #29

    I’d go for Arshavin & Pandev, & have Harper in goal!..Defo have VDV & Bridge…Not sure about Carrick…Bullard’s butt ugly, he is good tho'(Ha!)…But have a go for Ribery!..Oh yea, he’s butt ugly, he is good tho'(Ha!)…

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  • CRAIGG

    Mar 24, 2008 at 10:15 PM

    Comment #30

    I think there would be more people gather outside SJP than when Shearer signed if it did happen!

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  • CJ

    Mar 24, 2008 at 10:16 PM

    Comment #31

    I am not having a go at KK but only 10 days or so ago KK was in the paper saying nobody’s contract will be getting sorted out until the summer but today he is in the paper saying Owen should be giving a contract immediately i wonder what Martins and Taylor think of this.

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  • Punk Skunk

    Mar 24, 2008 at 10:20 PM

    Comment #32

    Yea cj, but y’gotta take anything printed in the rags with a sack full of salt mate!..

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  • CRAIGG

    Mar 24, 2008 at 10:23 PM

    Comment #33

    CJ i thought exactly the Same thing when i first saw it as well

    What happened to looking after your own Taylor and Ramage are academy boys and both are out of contract in the foreseeable future and KK told them both to wait until the end of the season. We need to get Oba a new long term contract without a buy out clause and most importantly:

    I dont know if anyone has noticed but we are risking Stephen Carr going on a free transfer this summer, Ive heard Real Madrid, Barcelona and Inter are all monitoring the situation closely.

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  • Reading Mag

    Mar 24, 2008 at 11:03 PM

    Comment #34

    Leo, you can get Gatorade e in the UK under Britvic, only know as taking on their business.

    My god thought I was going to have a heart attack sat at 4:30, until Micky popped up. Seriously I was so stressed.

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  • Tom_Toon

    Mar 24, 2008 at 11:05 PM

    Comment #35

    A good cm would instantly transform our team.

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  • Premiership Vids

    Mar 24, 2008 at 11:08 PM

    Comment #36

    Owen still seems to be missing a lot of sitters, like the free header against Fulham, but I guess we can expect them to be in the back of the net once his confidence is restored, also the lack of quality service is a facture.

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  • Punk Skunk

    Mar 24, 2008 at 11:13 PM

    Comment #37

    Ed…Thanx for putting plenty of articles up mate…It’s getting so i don’t even have to bother goin’ to other media sites at all, which i like, a lot!..They haven’t got a good word to say about us between them!..So, thanx again man, keep up the great work!..

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  • Tom_Toon

    Mar 24, 2008 at 11:15 PM

    Comment #38

    Ed – You need sponsors and i know a few people wont be happy, but me personally and i expect the majority of others would be happy to pay a smallish subscription fee if you are short of funds.

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  • Punk Skunk

    Mar 24, 2008 at 11:18 PM

    Comment #39

    P vids, tbh man, that ‘sitter’ Owen missed was hard to finish, it came from a really steep angle…Very difficult to convert…But i think y’right about confidence tho’, the more it grows, the better we get!..
    …Ho’way the Lads!..

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  • CJ

    Mar 24, 2008 at 11:23 PM

    Comment #40

    Ed i would help you out but i bet i am more skint than you get Mike Ashley’s number from someone at the club he surely cannot be skint and would help you out when i see Ashley i am tempted to ask him for a few quid myself.

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