Michael Owen is learning very fast from his new mentor Kevin Keegan, and he was full of praise for both Geremi and goalkeeper Shay Given after yesterday’s 1-0 win against Bolton Wanderers.
Michael Owen – full of praise for his team-mates
Owen said after the game:
“Geremi is a fantastic crosser of the ball. As soon as he gets the ball, I come alive.”“There are certain players who maybe look for through balls or look for this or for that.”
“Geremi is the type of player that likes getting it out of his feet and crossing it quickly, and when players do that, it is delightful for strikers.”
“I try to get half a yard and spring, and I did.”
And we remember very well, the fantastic goal Owen headed in, during the first half against Sunderland at St. James’ Park, earlier in the year, when Geremi put a beautiful cross in for Owen from the right.
Michael must have had to run about 20 yards before thumping the ball in with his head, and don’t tell us Michael is not a good header of a ball, even if he is just 5’8″ tall.
It was another vital goal by captain Owen yesterday, and he got a warm welcome from the crowd, when he replaced the injured Oba Martins just after half time. Oba looked all busy and action again yesterday – we love the guy.
And Owen’s goal came after a fabulous penalty save by our goalkeeper, Shay Given, who is obviously back to his brilliant best once again.
The penalty by Nolan was well struck low to Shay’s left, but the keeper was down in a flash to make the save, and then just as quickly kicked the ball away from the incoming Barton.
But it was a bad miss for Bolton at a crucial stage in the game.
Owen talked about Given:
“He has had a few injuries, but there is no doubting he is a top keeper. We are blessed with two fantastic keepers here, everyone knows that.”
“That was even more pivotal than my goal. He was fantastic and he is the hero.”
Good words from Michael, and he seems to have finally taken to the Toon, and we hope he signs his contract, sooner rather than later.
Next up for Newcastle is a tough Carling Cup tie on Tuesday evening at Coventry – anything but a defeat would be acceptable then – but we must progress in this Cup this season – and we can do that against Coventry.