Kevin Hails His Match-Winning Captain – Again


Michael Owen came on with just 15 minutes to go against Coventry City last night, and with the game going to extra tiume, he got a 45 minute run out.

Oh yes, and he scored the winner again in extra time.

Michael Owen – scored the winner again – in extra time

His manager, Kevin Keegan, has once again been left to praise the terrific goal instincts of his captain, as he made a match-winning appearance for the second successive game in just 4 days.

The 28-year-old – who headed the only goal of the game after coming off the subs bench against Bolton on Saturday – scored the winner last night after 13 minutes of extra time.

That came after Coventry had equalized with a goal scored a full 70 seconds after the game should have been over. There was supposed to be two minutes of injury time, but Coventry scored after 93 minutes and 10 seconds – the referee was asleep.

Kevin Keegan again paid tribute to his captain after the game, and Michael of course has still to sign a contract extension at Newcastle, but it’s hard to think Michael is going anywhere, after these last two match winning performances for the club.

Kevin told nufcTV after the game:

“He’s a special player,” “People can knock him but every time he proves himself by doing what he does best – scoring goals.”

“It was a great finish after a lovely ball by Jose and that’s the second game in a row he’s now won for us.”

“I was only going to give him the last 15 minutes or so but in the end he’s got 45 minutes because of the extra time.”

“That’s worked in our favor, and he’s getting stronger all the time now.”

There was some good performances in the team last night, and Spanish left-back Jose Enrique had a fine first game of the season, and put through a tremendous ball that left Michael Owen clear and onside, and he did the rest.

22 year-old Frenchman Sebastien Bassong had another impressive performance, and he will certainly be challenging Steven Taylor this season for the right to play alongside Coloccini at the heart of the Newcastle defense. In fact it will be interesting to see which one starts against Arsenal on Saturday.

A win is what we got last night, but it could (should) have been a lot easier, and the extra time the lads played may have an adverse affect on them for Saturday’s game at Arsenal.

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42 comments so far

  • Ryan

    Aug 27, 2008 at 12:46 AM

    Comment #1

    good performance. bet we sign someone the moraa

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  • Ryan

    Aug 27, 2008 at 12:49 AM

    Comment #2

    good game. bet we sign someone the day

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  • AndyNUFC

    Aug 27, 2008 at 12:56 AM

    Comment #3

    It’s that meeting today man Ryan, we won’t sign anyone till thursday.

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  • Spyro

    Aug 27, 2008 at 12:57 AM

    Comment #4

    good goal b the captain, even better ball by Jose

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  • Andrew

    Aug 27, 2008 at 1:05 AM

    Comment #5

    I’m pretty confident this contract issue will be resolved soon. Since the ‘showdown’ talks in May it seems the air has been cleared. Kev seems really quite relaxed and although the side does require another forward and creative midfielder in my opinion there seems to be a lot of confidence about the place. Sure we played half an hour longer than was necessary but Arsenal are playing tomorrow so we shouldn’t be anymore tired than they are on Saturday. I hope we can go to the Emirates with the same belief and professionalism shown at Old Trafford. A draw would be fine though, 5 points from 3 games and two of the seasons hardest fixtures out of the way would be very pleasing.

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  • richie

    Aug 27, 2008 at 1:26 AM

    Comment #6

    prob my fav player, no outstanding attribute s apart from movement and finishing

    hes the best in the business at it

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  • Warwick Hunt

    Aug 27, 2008 at 1:35 AM

    Comment #7

    For me Oba & Owen up front, in any formation, will scare the death out of any defence.
    They can and could play together.

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  • buddy

    Aug 27, 2008 at 1:38 AM

    Comment #8

    ed,

    love you but please sort out d comments. i had a big long rant there that didn post, u wudda loved it,haha

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  • buddy

    Aug 27, 2008 at 1:39 AM

    Comment #9

    why arents my comments posting??????

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  • ziad

    Aug 27, 2008 at 1:48 AM

    Comment #10

    go toon!

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  • Matt

    Aug 27, 2008 at 2:10 AM

    Comment #11

    Why does KK leave enrique out at EPL level? Lack of pace, wasteful on the ball? It seems fairly obvious that Zog should be pushed up the pitch either as left wing (switch Spiderman to right wing) or as attacking midfielder considering Butt and Guthrie can’t contribute in this area. Are we waiting on an AM signing, or does KK believe that the central midfield just needs to be a wall to protect the back 4 and thw wide players can do all the creative work?

    I thought KK would have rested some first teamers last night but considering the very short pre-season it might be a handy practice match. Was Taylor rested due to his indiscretions on the weekend or is Bassong simply a better player needing more match time in England?

    Guthrie is a younger Butt who plays in a very similar style, perhaps without the ‘i’m going to take a chunk out of you and enjoy it’ style tackling. Will KK replace Butt with a more attacking minded midfielder before the window closes? This is surely a step in the right direction.

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  • sixo

    Aug 27, 2008 at 3:06 AM

    Comment #12

    Get this lad signed to a contract now…roll on Arsenal, howay the lads..

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  • Rocky

    Aug 27, 2008 at 3:09 AM

    Comment #13

    Just got back from the Cov game and wow, what can I say. It sure was worth the £22.50 we paid at the turnstiles.

    Was a bit worried when I saw the line up, with no recognised strikers. But Milner was fantastic today, chased every ball, made chances, scored and was in the thick of the action. This boy will only get better with age.

    Enrique looked solid at left back as did Bassong. I have been reading how everybody thinks Collocini oozes class, and yes, he did look good at Man U and little glimpses at Bolton. But he is prone to positional mistakes too. Before everyone starts ripping me, I know he is new to the country and needs time adapting and he WILL be fantastic. Beye was efficient.

    Geremi should not take our corners, they’re awful. He ca’t clear the 1st defenders. Corners are an advantage, but wee seem to give the ball str8 back to them.

    Butt was fantastic! ( I was part of the brigade that thought he was past it! lol) Guthrie was efficient. Nzogbia showed good skill but was frustrating sometimes too. Guiterrez oozed class. His touches, passes, defending, commitment was 1st class. Real gem of a player.

    There is nothing I can say about Owen that all you people don’t know!

    I counted a sequence of 32 passes at one point. A change from the Sam Allardyce days when it was hoofed up at every given opportunity.

    This was a fantastic result and a very good start to the season. My only worry is about our strikers for the game against Arsenal. Owen shoul be ok for the game, but Martins andViduka are not going to make it. I’d play Milner up front with him.

    Howay lads. AT least a point at ARsenal would be nice

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  • ToonTasTic

    Aug 27, 2008 at 3:18 AM

    Comment #14

    Owen is such a fantastic star. Bassong should be starting in the Arsenal game and so should Enrique. Let’s try Zog in the midfield.

    We still need a LB, creative CM and a Target man up front…but, it has been a good start.

    I imagine (hoping) some big team will be willing to allow a star to go on loan to Newcastle at the last minute…provided that they sign the guy they want. That might explain all the talk about a last minute signing.

    Let’s hope for a good game against assenal and some more points.

    Great start. Howay the lads.

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  • Hilly

    Aug 27, 2008 at 4:13 AM

    Comment #15

    1st! It was a good performance by the boys and showed that Milner isn’t at his best when stuck on the right side of midfield.

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  • brutooooon

    Aug 27, 2008 at 4:22 AM

    Comment #16

    berbatov transfer saga to man utd still in doubt. can ashley gave us 30 million and buy him from spurs. remember he is a newcastle united fan and he use to sleep with nufc shirt with berbatov 9 behind it…

    thats would be a WOW signing…..

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  • Charlie

    Aug 27, 2008 at 5:57 AM

    Comment #17

    If the boys cant handle an extra 30 mins football their fitness is not good enough. Here’s hoping we can get another striker in soon as poss cause dukes and Smith are going to miss more games than they playthats a certainty

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  • Toon1978

    Aug 27, 2008 at 7:06 AM

    Comment #18

    Journal reporting that KK’s hopes of signing players are waining, i hope this is not true because if M.Ashley bring nobody else in he is in for ALOT of stick we are bloody thread bare. COMON SIGN SOME PLAYERS.

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  • matthewT

    Aug 27, 2008 at 7:09 AM

    Comment #19

    well done, owen.
    seems that things are getting better for him. Hopefully he can score more in the future. 🙂

    and newcastle should have beat this lower league team within 90 mins … 😐

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  • Mark Dixon

    Aug 27, 2008 at 7:20 AM

    Comment #20

    last Night was a tale of 2 storys. Whilst in most parts we played exceptionally well, Others we were poor!!

    The defence was solid last night bar 1 or 2 costly mistakes. Beye & Enrique were immense.

    Milner never stopped running & the same could be said of The Zog, Jonas.

    Guthrie & Butt were solid as ever and we could see a good partnership there!

    Overall was a good game for us, Very surprised Coventry even got back into it, But hey……Its Newcastle United…..Things are never as simple as they could be!

    Overall great result against a tidy Coventry away from home…..The Toon Army Soldiers on.

    Howay The Lads

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  • Stevo

    Aug 27, 2008 at 7:20 AM

    Comment #21

    I agree that Jose had an impressive game.. his ability on the ball was fantastic but what really alarmed me was his lack of aerial prowess. I don’t think he won a single aerial duel , even against the Maltese midget Mifsud. If he can improve that aspect of his game he can prove to be a huge player for us. In the meantime though snapping up Marek Jankulovski from AC Milan would be fantastic.. he’s 31 and still has a fair bit to offer whilst showing Jose the way.

    We really shifted the ball around impressively yesterday and Butt and Guthrie really look like they have something going on.

    Good performance all round..just switched off a couple of times which proved to be crucial.

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  • kenneth

    Aug 27, 2008 at 7:24 AM

    Comment #22

    Pavlyutsjenko soon ready for tottenham!
    i tell ya, berbatov will be ready for newcastle by the end of week, that would SHOOK the football world 🙂 go united 😉

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  • kenneth

    Aug 27, 2008 at 7:28 AM

    Comment #23

    matthewT we did 🙂 but we could not just beat them im 93 mins… 😉

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  • jeff

    Aug 27, 2008 at 7:28 AM

    Comment #24

    I wonder if all the Owen haters are still slagging him off these days…There has been loads on here in the not to distant past wanting him out the club….Well in the last two games he’s won them both for us..and not just the last two either…….I couldnt understand how some so called fans couldnt see and didnt know what Michael Owen was all about….He is the most natural goal scorer in England…and that is a fact!!!! You just have to look at the current England team and without Owen they have struggled…..I honestly couldnt believe the stick he has been getting…….If its cos he’s injured alot then,is that really his fault?Or is it because of his big wages?? Then thats not his fault either…He’ll take the best that he is offered like you or me would……Lets remember Owen is A WORLD CLASS striker…and better still he plays for the toon……………Howay the lads

    Owen to sign in a few days and end all this speculation….

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  • jeff

    Aug 27, 2008 at 7:29 AM

    Comment #25

    whats up with this blog its not putting my posts on

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  • ed speed

    Aug 27, 2008 at 7:35 AM

    Comment #26

    what a night, but tired!

    enrique, for me, was our best player.

    great atmosphere aswell, but what i don’t get is why did they seperate us into two sections, there was plenty of room in the main stand.

    regards

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  • Bobby Ollox

    Aug 27, 2008 at 7:39 AM

    Comment #27

    Only saw it on the telly, but there were some obvious points

    – this team ( maybe all teams) relish the opportunity to play attacking adventurous football, and last night just highlights what a shocking waste of time and money the who Sam Lardarse debacle really was

    – defense looked solid most of the time, but if you let a team run at it a dozen times in a half, they are going to get through at least once. Arsenal would punish us more than Coventry. Something not quite right in midfield – we gave away possesion to cheaply, maybe as a result of trying to be too clever.
    – Milner was shown up – he got gilt edged chances in the first half, and we should have been 4 up at half time. The midfield were concentrating on supplying the front line last night, at a cost to our defence, and any decent player would have got a lot of opportunity in front of the goal. Those chances should have been put away, not deflected round the post. Lots of industy but not much to show for it – a microcosm of his career so far.
    – Corners – its like a disease, why on earth do we so rarely get it past the first man. That is something we could immediately put right, and improve our attacking play.
    – Suddenly, over last few games, we start to look like a quality side – confidence, a bit more solidity in defense, excellent passsing, more options going forward. We are close to being an excellent side – not sure that the players coming back from injury , are the missing pieces. Couple of new signings still required.

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  • steve

    Aug 27, 2008 at 7:51 AM

    Comment #28

    @Ed – the 2 mins extra time is a minimum and the ref is well within his rights to extend it to whatever he sees fit – we fell asleep for both Cov goals.

    Nice to see Enrique put in a good shift, bizarre that people on here have been saying he didnt have a good game, he’s by far the best left back we have (actually the only LB) N’Zogbia wouldn’t have been in position half the time and no doubt cov would have created a lot more chances down that side

    Not to worried about being tired on Sat – surely it’s to early in the season to be worried about being tired ffs they’ve only played 3 games and about 100 minutes of last nights was a passing exercise – Beye hasn’t been up to standard so far this year alhough as others have mentioned no pre season hasn’t done him any favours

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  • ToonTasTic

    Aug 27, 2008 at 7:56 AM

    Comment #29

    I think that another striker is the real priority now because of a couple reasons.

    First is that it is almost impossible to win hardware in the prem without four quality strikers. Even though we aren’t in Europe, going deep in either (hopefully) both of the domestic cups will stretch our squad.

    Secondly, I think it is a stretch to think that Viduka will manage 20 games this year. It’s possible, but he breaks down so easily and will struggle for fitness even when his injuries have fully healed.

    Next for me is some cover at LB. Enrique looked the part last night for sure. I would prefer a solid defensive minded LB to be able to throw in in a pinch. That would move Zog to the midfield, which he is so much better in. He is just not a FB.

    Berbatov would be the first choice if for some reason we got him as a ‘sod off’ to ManUre. If not though, maybe we could prise Ashton from West Ham; apparently they need to shed salary. He is great in the air, has a nose for scoring, can hold up play and is young.

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  • Toon Graeme

    Aug 27, 2008 at 8:25 AM

    Comment #30

    Once again MO saved our bacon!

    It was another case of typical toon and loose the lead. You cant take that first half goal from Cov as it was a beaut shot.

    Colliccini was very good considering its only his third match for us. Bassong showed strength. Zog had a better match. Guthrie made some good passing and some bad but there is space to improve.

    Then came MO. What can you say. We need more strikers and we need to GET him signed.

    Lets hope we hear something soon.

    Anyone know when the next match in the CC will be played? Lets hope its at SJP.

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  • nobbys trumpet

    Aug 27, 2008 at 8:36 AM

    Comment #31

    Enrique with a fine performance? he was a bit nervous sometimes and a few basic errors we were lucky not to get punish,however hats off to the pass to owen.geremi needs to be sold after last night…he isnt quick enough.

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  • Steve

    Aug 27, 2008 at 9:19 AM

    Comment #32

    I see no comments, depsite 4 apparently being made…. Possibly may appear after I type this message as I’ve heard others have had similar issues…

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  • Steve

    Aug 27, 2008 at 9:20 AM

    Comment #33

    wow.. a cool 32 comments..PC may be on the fritz…

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  • t-g-w

    Aug 27, 2008 at 9:43 AM

    Comment #34

    Arsenal are playing in the Champions League tonight so we have an entire day more to recover before our game on Saturday.

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  • ian

    Aug 27, 2008 at 10:02 AM

    Comment #35

    Brilliant our £100k per week striker scored the same number of goals as our midfielders against Coventry.

    We need another striker, injury free record top of his CV then performance second.

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  • ian

    Aug 27, 2008 at 10:04 AM

    Comment #36

    Steve re comments same with me!!

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  • NotAGhostToon

    Aug 27, 2008 at 10:40 AM

    Comment #37

    ian, 9 in 11 all comps, shut it

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  • ian

    Aug 27, 2008 at 11:13 AM

    Comment #38

    Owen is a World class striker of that there is no doubt………………….when he plays.

    It is the ‘when’ which is a problem. We need either one additional striker or to sell Owen after bringing in Huntelaar and another.

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  • Ganiyu

    Aug 27, 2008 at 11:30 AM

    Comment #39

    Newcastle will struggle 4 a 6th position cos goals keep coming even in d absence of strikers

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  • Ganiyu

    Aug 27, 2008 at 11:34 AM

    Comment #40

    Ameobi out milner use d door duff escort him n close d door

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