Michael Owen is obviously concerned about the form being shown by his Newcastle colleagues.
Michael Owen – worried about poor form of the side
The first half on Saturday was nothing more than a continuation of the terrible form the team showed in losing to Tottenham, who every other team seems to be able to beat.
Michael said today:
“Everything in life snowballs.” “If you win it becomes a habit and if you lose it becomes a habit.” “You can see people curling up and shrinking in a way and vice-versa when you play well – you see people wanting the ball and making angles.”
“It’s never been any different. I’ve been in teams that are low on confidence and in teams that are flying high and feeling invincible.” “Once confidence goes it’s hard to get out of that rut.” “We need some confidence – it is lower than a snake’s belly at the moment.”
“In the game as a whole there wasn’t enough quality.” “We gave it a go in the second half and the fans got right behind us, they really did back us.” “But you can’t play as badly as we did in the first half and expect to get anything.”
Of course there has been a lot of indecision at the club since Kevin Keegan walked out over 3 weeks ago, but the players should not be using that any more as any excuse for their poor performances. They are still getting paid the big bucks to perform, which they are simply not doing.
The Newcastle captain continued:
“We can use that as an excuse if we want but it’s not a good enough excuse.” “With all due respect to teams like Blackburn, Tottenham and West Ham, we should be picking up wins, especially at home.”
“Our performances haven’t merited that, though, so far.”
Michael Owen scored again, which was his 5th goal of the season, from a penalty, and indeed Newcastle could have had another one if referee Steve Tanner had not missed Martin Olsson’s handball.
Michael however defended the referee and said:
“I was just in front of Geremi so I didn’t see the first penalty incident, but there was a big appeal.” “In general, the ref had a good game so we can’t use that as an excuse. But when Charles N’Zogbia was brought down, that was definitely a foul.”
“I asked the ref why and he said somebody was in front of him just before the incident and he couldn’t see it, so he couldn’t give it.” “They were probably a bit lucky to still have 11 men at the end.”
Don’t be surprised if after the new owners come in, and a new top class manager is appointed, that Michael Owen commits the next 4 years or so to the club.
We think he’s becoming attached to Tyneside, and he’s certainly doing his very best in this crisis, and to score 5 goals for an under-performing team like we’ve been this season, is just excellent.
But Owen is one player who has to stand up and be counted, with the other experienced players like Butt, Given and Geremi to get us out of the current mess we are in.