Owen and Given Get The Job Done Saturday


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.



Shay Given
– great penalty save turned the game for Newcastle

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.   😀

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36 comments so far

  • Bill F SPLASH THE CASH ASH

    Aug 25, 2008 at 12:56 AM

    Comment #1

    Last comment I posted, appeared to be to an unposted thread but when mine showed so did another 20. So this comment is something of an experiment. I’m not being critical Ed as I am sure you are aware there is something odd happening here but am just mentioning in case you don’t.

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  • Bill F SPLASH THE CASH ASH

    Aug 25, 2008 at 12:56 AM

    Comment #2

    No nothing still.

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  • Ed Harrison

    Aug 25, 2008 at 12:59 AM

    Comment #3

    There’s problem with the comments but it looks fine to me – but we’ve had too many comment problems today – we are having Liam take a look to try to fix it – looks like a bug – i pout this comment in at 59 mins past midnight UK time

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  • Ed Harrison

    Aug 25, 2008 at 1:00 AM

    Comment #4

    That last comment showed up immediately – and I had logged out of being the adminstrator of the blog – don’t understand ????
    We’re getting Liam to take a look.

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  • Ashton

    Aug 25, 2008 at 1:05 AM

    Comment #5

    ohh bollocks

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  • Ashton

    Aug 25, 2008 at 1:06 AM

    Comment #6

    ohh shit

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  • Ashton

    Aug 25, 2008 at 1:06 AM

    Comment #7

    ohh crap

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  • Ashton

    Aug 25, 2008 at 1:07 AM

    Comment #8

    aergtz;kg,a”lrg

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  • Bill F SPLASH THE CASH ASH

    Aug 25, 2008 at 1:10 AM

    Comment #9

    Whilst Liam is at it Ed, he might need to see if there is any connection with the RPG’s you have ads for! I have tried to have a look at them but no success as yet.

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  • ObaFan2

    Aug 25, 2008 at 1:39 AM

    Comment #10

    Given was great……. can you hear me 🙂 plz

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  • Azza Jones

    Aug 25, 2008 at 2:04 AM

    Comment #11

    test comment

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  • ziad

    Aug 25, 2008 at 2:33 AM

    Comment #12

    given is num ber 1 !!!!!!!!!!

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  • Marcus

    Aug 25, 2008 at 5:20 AM

    Comment #13

    Wor Given, I was doubting him at the end of last season, thinking ma boy Harps was the man to 1st, hope he stays because 2 outstanding keepers I’m geeked.

    The youth squad is lookin up…all you fellas bitchin need to flag…bullshit, lets get in there and back Keegan 100%. Can’t believe you’re sellin short because you think the owner is gonna sell…let’s live a dream come on!!!!

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  • Marcus

    Aug 25, 2008 at 5:22 AM

    Comment #14

    Hey I’m hingin in there hope things work out this is a great blog ED

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  • JonnyToon

    Aug 25, 2008 at 6:12 AM

    Comment #15

    Given is a legend, the 4 points we have now are basically 80% down to him alone. Possibly the best goalie in the prem right now, cant think of anyone to match him recently since hes come back. Bet Arsenal feel like they missed out.

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  • Azza Jones

    Aug 25, 2008 at 6:12 AM

    Comment #16

    Hey lads & lasses…..

    What the hell do we need Malouda for??? We have Jonas, Duff, N’zogbia and Milner who can or have all played on the left hand side……

    I think we desperately need an Central midfielder preferably an attacking one. I think Guthrie looked a little out of his depth on saturday, a few passes went astray. I mean he is definately one for the future, but we definately need another experienced player who has pace, power, good shot, and intelligence to unlock defences!

    I also think we need a specialist left back, as enrique looks like he has been frozen out of the side. I think Zog has been doing well there, and can be converted to a wing back as if anyone watched the Chelsea game last night he defends no worse than a certain Ashley Cole who has much more experience than young Zog.

    Im excited about Collo & Taylor in the middle as well, best partnership @ NUFC in a while. They look very tight together which is a crucial element of a good pairing like terry/calvalho & vidic/ferdinand…….

    Given & Owen are quality and the type of names that strike fear into opposition teams so if we have any chance we must keep them fit and playing well.

    I dont know why we cant buy arshavin. Why would he want to go to tottenham. They are the SMARTEST club, buying modric 16.5mil, Dos Santos 5mil & Arshavin 19mil (if they get) all pretty much for the same position in the hole or attacking midfielder. Lets blow 40mil + on three players who a very similar! Go spuds no wins from 2 starts and a loss on the weekend to the scum down the road!!!!

    I think the derby is going to be the best its been in years, Sunderland might actually give us a run….. Howay the lads.

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  • Graham

    Aug 25, 2008 at 8:46 AM

    Comment #17

    Average game, but for 2 pieces of magic from Shay & Owen. Do NUFC need any more reason to get his contract sorted ASAP. His illness over the summer will have weakend his body, but I think he may be over his injury nightmare.

    How much would it cost NUFC today to buy a player like Owen – he’s a far better finisher than Berbatov and look what he’s apparebtly going for… get him signed up Mike

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  • dick

    Aug 25, 2008 at 9:27 AM

    Comment #18

    some comments appear when you post them others there’s big delay or they dont appear at all , posted 9.26

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  • Irish John

    Aug 25, 2008 at 9:27 AM

    Comment #19

    test comment

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  • whats happend ed

    Aug 25, 2008 at 9:34 AM

    Comment #20

    swp is available
    sell milner get swp

    the promise ov a wow player is just to sell the last of the season tickets

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  • Spuggy

    Aug 25, 2008 at 9:35 AM

    Comment #21

    Ed, the comments sometimes are not coming up either. For instance in the Oqen all praise… article says 21 but when you go in no comments.

    The box doesnt come up anymore after you post comments when you used to be able to go in and change them.

    It’s now 09:35 UK time (GMT+1).

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  • ed_speed

    Aug 25, 2008 at 9:36 AM

    Comment #22

    how was the opera singer on saterday?

    didn’t make it to the game was it good again or had the novalty value warn off?

    regards, ed speed

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  • Spuggy

    Aug 25, 2008 at 9:36 AM

    Comment #23

    Ed – the comment just dissapear when you post, but some turn up a while later???? Hence the low numbers of posters – lots will be going missing?

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  • ed_speed

    Aug 25, 2008 at 9:38 AM

    Comment #24

    how was the opera singer on saterday? was he good again or had the novalty value warn off?

    didn’t make it to the game so i wouldn’t know which is why i am asking.

    regards, ed speed

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  • Mac

    Aug 25, 2008 at 10:01 AM

    Comment #25

    We don’t need Malouda or Saviola. We do need a left back,a midfielder (creative) and a big strong fast forward

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  • Mac

    Aug 25, 2008 at 10:03 AM

    Comment #26

    My comments came on instantly and brought a whole load more with them

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  • chris_toon

    Aug 25, 2008 at 10:06 AM

    Comment #27

    No matter what anyone says about Owen give him the chance and he will take it 5 crosses like that and i reckon he will put at least 3 or 4 in the back of the net 🙂

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  • Isaac Hunt

    Aug 25, 2008 at 10:19 AM

    Comment #28

    Apart from Shay’s penalty save and the Little Waster’s goal it was an average sort of game. Having said that, we did look well-organised, so well done to the coaches.

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  • Tommy

    Aug 25, 2008 at 10:19 AM

    Comment #29

    Let’s just wait and see.. If we don’t at least bring another good signing in before the window shuts, then I’ll lose a bit of trust in Ashley..

    He knows the majority of the fans want to see a trophy (wow) signing, and has quite shamelessly played on that once he saw how fewer people were willing to renew their season tickets..

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  • Tommy

    Aug 25, 2008 at 10:20 AM

    Comment #30

    Oh well, my last comment didn’t come up..

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  • magpie6699

    Aug 25, 2008 at 10:23 AM

    Comment #31

    I also thought Given had lost “it” a bit last season and that Steve Harper did brilliantly – now we’re back to the old “problem” I’m glad to say – can we keep Harps happy?
    MO is just a natural finisher – he gets into the right positions with his movement and scores headers against the biggest defenders (e.g. smoggies last season).
    Jonas – terrific. Agree with Azza about Guthrie – not quite top-drawer yet – but a useful squad member and should improve.
    As I said yesterday, seeing Kevin “lean and push” Davies just makes me realise we DO need the option of a strong target man, not as the only route to rely on (unlike Bolton, or sometimes us when we had big Al and would forget how to play other ways) – but just to change things, bring others into play, give an escape route for the defence etc.
    Is Derdiyok that sort of player and is he still available?

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  • Dan13

    Aug 25, 2008 at 10:55 AM

    Comment #32

    awww man, Owen just stay!

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  • tommy

    Aug 25, 2008 at 3:44 PM

    Comment #33

    Whats happening here?

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  • Punk Skunk

    Aug 25, 2008 at 3:54 PM

    Comment #34

    Testing, testing…1, 2…

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  • Punk Skunk

    Aug 25, 2008 at 5:31 PM

    Comment #35

    Testes, testes…1. 2,…3?..

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  • Punk Skunk

    Aug 25, 2008 at 5:33 PM

    Comment #36

    Geremi chips the ball into the box…OWEN HEADS…GOALLLLLLLLLLLLL!..

    …1-0…3 points!..

    …’Nuff said!..

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