Michael Owen had another good game at White Hart Lane yesterday, and showed just what a good player he is, as he hardly wasted a ball playing behind Oba Martins and Mark Viduka in yesterday’s rout of Tottenham Hotspur.
Michael Owen – celebrates his goal with the ecstatic Viduka and Barton
The in-form striker also got his third goal in as many games as his deeper lying role doesn’t seem to be interfere with Michael scoring goals. That’s 5 goals in the last 8 games for Michael – not too bad at all.
That win takes the Magpies a full nine points clear of the Premier League drop zone since Bolton couldn’t get anything out of their game with a 10 man Arsenal side, even though they were two goals up with just 30 minutes to play.
Michael told Newcastle World TV this morning:
“It’s a great feeling to win like that,” “I’ve said all along that one day we would hopefully look back and say ‘What was all the fuss about?’. “And, even though we’re not definitely safe, it certainly gives us some breathing space.”
“Currently we’re playing a certain way which the gaffer has decided and I’ve enjoyed it.â€ “Everyone knows I’m a striker who scores goals, but I’ve enjoyed coming off and I’m still getting into the box and scoring those goals – it’s three in three with the new system.â€
“It’s good to have a link-up and, especially away from home when you’re under the cosh, it’s nice for the lads at the back and in midfield to have an outlet and that’s my role at the moment.”
Owen’s strike to make it 3-1 was an important goal because it gave the lads some breathing room, before Oba Martins’ brilliant solo effort rounded things off on an afternoon to remember for the Newcastle faithful.
Michael talked about his ninth goal of the season:
“I just remember Oba cutting inside and the ball going into Dukes and he has just flicked it slightly.â€
“As I’ve went to hit it I’ve kicked the defender’s leg but obviously the momentum of my leg has carried through and, although I haven’t hit it with any power, the direction was good and thankfully it’s floated into the net.â€
“As everyone knows I tend to score goals in patches and I’d like to think that once I score one the confidence is up and I’ll keep on scoring.”
The one thing that was apparent with our team yesterday is that we created chances galore, and one of these games we’ll take a higher percentage of them and score a lot more than four goals. We did hit the cross-bar and the post yesterday, and Paul Robinson made at least a couple of wonderful saves.
That’s the really good thing that’s happened in the last few games because several weeks ago we weren’t creating any chances at all.
But Keegan’s coaching is starting to shine through, and our strikers must think they are in a dreamworld, playing in a Kevin Keegan team, that attacks for 90 minutes.
Where’s my boots? 😀