Thereâ€™s a reality that great players play great when the chips are down and the game is really important.
Michael Owen – stepped up big time yesterday
Step up Michael Owen, now captain of Newcastle, who ran all of 20 yards to get on the end of a perfect right wing cross from Geremi and head powerfully beyond Sunderland goalkeeper Craig Gordon for a classic goal.
And that was after just 4 minutes yesterday.
It’s the type of goal that can be shown in training films of how to create something out of nothing as Geremi had the vision to put in a beautiful right wing cross and Michael got on the end of it brilliantly. It’ll not be the last time that players score from Geremi’s crosses, which seem to be getting better and better.
In our vote for man of the match 65% think Michael was our best player yesterday, and he added to his goal tally just before half time, when he dispatched a penalty past Gordon. It was hardly a good penalty in truth â€“ but it was a goal.
Not only did Michael score the goals yesterday, but he played extremely well and seems to have found a new lease on life in his new role at the club as both captain and playing slightly behind Martins and Viduka up front. He still scores the goals, that’s for sure, with 8 goals in his last 11 games.
And donâ€™t say heâ€™s lost his quickness, there were a couple of times yesterday when he flashed past Sunderland players â€“ and that was even noticed by the TV commentators.
Thereâ€™s no doubt Michael has come good on Tyneside, ever since Kevin Keegan arrived.
Now all we have to do is sign him up for at least another 4 years â€“ this week would be good to get those loose ends tied up.
Onward and upward.