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.