Michael is still working a deal with Newcastle on the contract side of things, but the Newcastle United captain didn’t let those things interfere with him scoring a poacher’s goal, to take all 3 points for Newcastle on Saturday at home against Bolton Wanderers.
After the game Michael talked about his illness over the summer, which caused him to miss the England games:
“I had a bad illness over the summer and it took at lot out of me. I was weak for pre-season and have had to build up.”
“I need to get used to the rigors of the game now. It will take a couple of matches but I couldn’t have wished for a better comeback.”
“As long as I can get through the next couple of games, my body becomes hardened and I’m off and away.”
There were two pieces of magic for Newcastle on Saturday that turned the game in their favor.
Both came in the second half and the first was a wonderful instinctive penalty save by goalkeeper Shay Giv, en who got down quickly to his left to block Nolan’s penalty, which was well struck, and then quickly booted the ball clear as Nolan came in.
We heard the commentators say it was a lucky save, but if you talk to Shay and Steve Harper – they work on these things in training all the time, and luck usually comes with a lot of hard work, and you cannot say Shay hasn’t worked his socks off over the summer to get super-fit again.
Well, that hard work is showing through, and that save was the turning point for Newcastle in Saturday’s game.
Geremi, who put in some great crosses into the box in the second half, then found Owen, at the near post, after 71 minutes, and the England striker made the headed goal look easy, when it was anything but.
That’s the class of Michael Owen, and Kevin seems right, when he says he’s a really key man at the club, and he’s certainly scored a bundle since Kevin took over last January.
And after the game a disappointed Gary Megson, the Bolton manager, was still quick to give Michael credit, as he said:
“We gave him a chance and he took it. He is not without equal in the Premier League but there’s no one any better at it.”
“That’s the quality he’s got.”
It wasn’t a great game, and the lads didn’t play as well as last week at Old Trafford, but they still managed to find a way to win, and that’s what good teams always do. 😀