Before the game against Aston Villa on Monday night, Newcastle were bottom of the league, with just 9 points from our first 11 league games, and we were 11 points adrift of 6th place, held by newly promoted Hull City. We mention that because 6th place usually qualifies the team for European competition in the UEFA Cup.
Michael Owen – we can make it into Europe
But Newcastle captain Michael Owen still thinks Newcastle have a decent shot at European qualification this season.
Michael Owen said today:
“We know we’re a decent team and we were in a temporary position,” “If we have a decent run to the end of the season, and we’d expect that with the players we have, then fifth, sixth or seventh is by no means impossible.”
“With our back-to-back wins we’re going there thinking we’re capable of taking something from the game.” “It’s still early in the season and a couple of wins shoots you up the table, the last two results have shown that.”
“And we are confident we can continue to climb. It’s still early in the season and a couple of wins shoots you up the table, the last two results have shown that. And we are confident we can continue to climb.”
And Michael Owen has also sang the praises of Newcastle’s courageous interim manager Joe Kinnear, who has the chance of getting Newcastle their 3rd successive league win at Craven Cottage on Sunday, and wins is what we need desperately to go up that league table.
“He has steadied the ship,” “In every form of life you need to answer to one person – just to get a focal figure and know where the buck stops.”
“Now we’ve got that and now we’ve had some good results as well.”
We probably shouldn’t get ahead of ourselves, but Owen as captain is right to point out there are not many points between a lot of the teams in the Premier league right now.
We are now just 8 points off 6th place, and there are still 27 games to play in the league, so if we can continue our good form, and strengthen the squad in quality and numbers in January, we could still have a good season.
And with Joe able to inspire Newcastle to some great fighting form, and some great results, like the 2-2 draw with just 10 men against Man City, has anybody dared to think we may gave a good run in the FA Cup this season?
Yes, it’s the audacity of hope, but if you don’t hope you don’t get anything, and we’ve already seen this week here in the US, that miracles are still possible, and great things can happen, if only you are willing to believe. 😀
Howay The Lads!
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