Michael Owen was relieved and very upbeat today, when he talked the the Newcastle Evening Chronicle.
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:
â€œI am really enjoying it. Obviously, it was tough at the start â€“ just the same as it was for the manager.â€ â€œThe 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.â€
â€œWeâ€™ve had some tough games, but the victory over Fulham was the managerâ€™s first win, and my first win as captain.â€ â€œIt 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.â€
â€œWhen you are getting beaten and lacking confidence, you tend to have more meetings.â€ â€œWhen youâ€™re winning, you donâ€™t want to touch anything. Weâ€™ve had our fair share of chats over the weeks, and weâ€™ve set some goals.â€
â€œWe 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.â€
â€œYou could sense the relief, not only among the fans, but also the players, staff and everyone.â€ â€œWhen you win like this, itâ€™s a cracking feeling. You can go home for a meal with the missus and not go to bed with a sore head.â€
â€œObviously, we had a bit of a game plan. We were at home, and we wanted to ask questions of Fulham.â€ â€œIt was similar to Birmingham away, but it was the other way around.â€ â€œFor the first 20-25 minutes I thought we were fantastic.â€ â€œWe scored a goal, created a few chances, and I should have scored with a header.â€
â€œThen they got a foothold in the game, and thatâ€™s often the way.â€ â€œThe second half was a bit better, but weâ€™re not by any means playing to our capabilities.â€
â€œTwo-nil was a great result, and we donâ€™t care how we play as long as we get results like that.â€
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.