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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