It seems that Michael Owen has given up trying to predict how many points Newcastle will get in their upcoming games.
Michael Owen – given up predicting number of points
Michael told the club’s official website, www.nufc.co.uk today:
“Listen, we sat in the dressing room thinking, ‘We have just won two back-to-back games and if we win on Saturday against Fulham, we will be top half, and then we have got Wigan at home – if we can get six points, we will be in the top six’.”
“Then it doesn’t work like that. We lost at Fulham and we only drew with Wigan and you think, ‘Oh no, now we have got Chelsea away and Spurs and Liverpool coming up’, and all of a sudden, it looks hard.”
“And then we go and get a draw at Chelsea, so gone are the days where we are looking at fixtures.” “It is obviously a big game and a winnable game for both teams. I suppose they will be thinking the same thing – they are on their home patch.”
“But hopefully, we can go there and get the points.”
Owen has made just 12 appearances to date this season after suffering from mumps and a calf problem during the summer, but he still has six goals to his name, and is leading scorer with Oba Martins.
“In general, when I have played, I have felt good.” “Unfortunately, a lot of my goals have come as consolation goals. I scored three, four, five goals on the spin in successive games, and most of them were consolation goals.”
“It is always nice to come on and score and it to be important in a 1-0 win, so let’s hope we can get a few of those important goals in the coming weeks.”
Owen was asked to hold back and mark John Mikel Obi at Stamford Bridge on Saturday in an excellent defensive display by the team, when nobody gave them any chance at all.
Michael seemed only too willing to play a part in a great team performance, and he continued:
“It was a great afternoon. Some afternoons, you really remember.” “It was going into the lion’s den, in a way, and we did really well.”
Let’s hope Michael can get back on the goal trail again on Saturday, and this time hopefully scoring when we actually win a game. We have no idea either what Michael is thinking about his career at the Newcastle club, because other clubs can start talking to him on January 1st, and he will become a free agent – available for no transfer fee – in the summer.
But first things first, and we definitely need all 3 points on Saturday to lift us out of the relegation zone.