Michael Owen was more than willing to play in a deeper role on Saturday, under the instructions of interim manager Joe Kinnear.
Michael Owen – it was a game to remember on Saturday
And because of that great performance we got an unexpected point in the capital, but we now have to go all out for all 3 points at Middlesbrough on Saturday, where another top defensive display will be needed.
Michael said today:
“There are those games you remember and that was one of them. It was like going into the lion’s den,” “In general we played as a team and managed to contain them. No-one was trying to get the headlines, we all worked hard and there wasn’t really anyone you could pick out. We all did well.”
“It was really more of a defensive midfield role for me.” “I was asked to sit on Obi Mikel because we thought he sets off a lot of their moves so my job was to mark him and keep him from getting away.”
“I think they probably realized that and by the end it was three on three with them trying to bomb forward. I was happy to do it – it really is a team game.”
“I’m feeling good and I’m looking to get more goals,” “It’s obviously a big game – it’s a winnable game for both teams. We think we can go there and get the points though.”
One of the many good things Joe has done in these last almost 9 weeks at the club, is to mold the players into a real team, where they all play for each other, as was witnessed last Saturday.
Even Chelsea manager Scolari, after the game, had to admit Newcastle played well and were extremely well organized, and the Tyneside club got a lot of kudos for their valiant display in London.
Now for Middlesbrough.