Paul Ince – Owen Still World Class


Michael Owen was able to score his 5th goal of the season against Blackburn, hitting home a second-half penalty.

Paul Ince – Michael Owen still world class player

That second half goal sparked a great revival from the lads, and the crowd got behind the team magnificently as they urged them forward. We hope that final 45 minutes, sparked by a half time pep talk from Joe Kinnear, will be the start of the revival, and anything we can pick up at Everton this Sunday will be good news.

Paul Ince was pleased that his team hung on for the win but he was very quick to praise Owen after the game:

“Michael is still world class,” “I read that England boss Fabio Capello was supposed to be here today to watch him, but I cannot understand why he should need to.”

“Michael Owen is second to none and you should never doubt him.” “He is a shining light for Newcastle United. Take his goals away and there could be a problem for them.”

“What he needs is someone to muck in and help him out. But he is a credit to the club and the more games he plays the better he will get.” “I felt sorry for Michael and not just because he is a good friend of mine.”

“He is the captain of Newcastle United and he tried his heart out against us out there.” “He wants Newcastle and the team to do well for the city and their fans.”  “But if he keeps scoring goals and someone is mucking in alongside him, then Newcastle will be OK.”

“You cannot make any plans to deal with Michael Owen. His movement is unbelievable.”
“One minute you think you have got him and the next minute he is in behind you. He is just a fantastic striker.”

“Even though I was the opposing manager today, it was still great to sit in the dug-out and watch him play.”

Do you get the impression that Paul likes Owen?

A lot of what Paul Ince says is true, and Michael is trying his best to turn this around, and he’s doing precisely what he does best, he is still scoring goals for us.

What we need is for some of other top players to start showing through too – maybe Sunday at Everton.

We are hoping to see a completely different display from the lads at Everton on Sunday, at least in terms of attitude, passion and fight.  If we can do that, we may be able to pick up something from the game.
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11 comments so far

  • indian toon

    Sep 29, 2008 at 2:25 PM

    Comment #1

    owen contract is soo vital to the clubs fight.!! u never know we may come to the relegation battle.! it really would be a disaster if the clubs record signing leaves on a free transfer at the jan window.! without owen , we wouldnt have a global superstar in our ranks and that really would newcastle in this currrent situation at a very humble state.! also without owen we would fail to attract big name players to the club!!

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  • Nick

    Sep 29, 2008 at 2:28 PM

    Comment #2

    Curbishley leaves West Ham. Almost immediately he is replaced by Zola. No fuss, no commotion and they win 2 games on the spin.

    if some fans had not revolted, we could probably have got a half decent manager. Now we’ll never know.

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  • The Sloper

    Sep 29, 2008 at 2:33 PM

    Comment #3

    Michael Owen is still a top player and, if not for injuries, he would have taken the England scoring record away from the arse that is Bobby Charlton!

    What is interesting is to see Michael Owen in a relegation battle – if it comes to that – as he has never been in that position before. He has started well so far this season and it is crucial he stays in January, at least, as he has talent by the bucket-load.

    Assuming relegation is a bad thing, and not a blessing in disguise, as I have been pondering recently!

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  • Ganiyu

    Sep 29, 2008 at 2:39 PM

    Comment #4

    If owen goes i wont miss him because of this saying.IF ONE STAR IS LOST ANOTHER STAR COMES UP RISING.

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  • The Sloper

    Sep 29, 2008 at 2:42 PM

    Comment #5

    Stars are always replaced by stars. Problem is that without the stars at the club, it’s less likely for new stars to join. With Newcastle’s situation unlikely to improve until a takeover, and then the summer window, Owen is needed for at least the rest of the season. The better the finish this year, the more the takeover will be able to achieve quickly.

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  • Toon Chicken

    Sep 29, 2008 at 2:45 PM

    Comment #6

    Right on the money there Ince. I still can’t believe that some of our fans think that Martin’s is the better player. Sure I can understand why some may like his character and personality more, but it is blatantly obvious that Owen is a class apart.

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  • shaz

    Sep 29, 2008 at 2:47 PM

    Comment #7

    http://uk.youtube.com/watch?v=H6PGqMxY3D4

    thanks to whoever made video.i agree with ince ,owen still pure class.

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  • Toon Chicken

    Sep 29, 2008 at 2:52 PM

    Comment #8

    shaz you posted that video on another link and it went down like a sack of Spuds!

    We’re all up for a having a laugh on here but you’ll have to try harder than that I’m afraid love.

    You seen this one yet?

    http://uk.youtube.com/watch?v=Bx7X4cgh3qI

    Now that’s funny.

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  • PDiddy

    Sep 29, 2008 at 3:02 PM

    Comment #9

    He’s gone in January. He will probably have 12/15 goals by then and any of the top four clubs or a team challenging for Europe will snap him up! Also we will still be under the same regime with our second rate manager and a couple more of Frodos buddies hanging on.
    Happy New Year!

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  • Toon Chicken

    Sep 29, 2008 at 3:10 PM

    Comment #10

    There we go – there’s that famous Geordie optimism again 😉

    I suppose it could be worse tho diddy – you could be Biggy Smalls 🙂

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  • PDiddy

    Sep 29, 2008 at 4:23 PM

    Comment #11

    How can you be optimistic?
    The club is a joke!

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