Michael Owen has given a long interview today and he talked about tomorrow’s important game at Middlesbrough.
Michael Owen said today:
“It’ll be a totally different game,” “We’re not going to be sitting back like we did at Chelsea – we’ve got to try and get a win.”“Hopefully we’ll give our fans something to shout about.” “Our away support has been great this season. It was nice to send them away from Chelsea with something to cheer.”
“You always have a special relationship with away supporters. They put that special effort in to travel everywhere, and invariably it’s a long journey home for them. You want to send them home happy.”
“Results like that bring everyone together – players, supporters and staff. You need everyone performing at their best to get anything at Stamford Bridge, and fans have got a big part to play urging the team on.”
“It was a great result, but a lot of us have been in the game long enough to realize even if you get a result at Stamford Bridge, you’ll have to put in an equal amount of work, or even play better.”
“Every game’s big, but this has got that added spice of being a reasonably local game. They’ve got some good players, and so have we.”
“The atmosphere will be big, as I suppose for Middlesbrough they see it as their local derby, whereas for us we’ve got the small matter of Sunderland.”
“Liverpool-Everton was always a big derby, and to be honest it always felt bigger at Goodison. When we played there you were going into the lion’s den. At Anfield we were often favorites, so maybe the fans weren’t as up for it as they were when we were playing away.”
“Up here anything can happen. There’s been home wins, away wins and anything, even in my short time here. You take nothing for granted.”
“Obviously we had a good result at Chelsea. (Going into that game) we only got a point from two games, and you thought we’ve got Chelsea next, and a tough run to come, but we got a point.”
“You can never count your chickens in a way. I suppose Middlesbrough will be looking at this as an opportunity to get three points, and we certainly are as well.”
“It’s an evenly poised game. I wouldn’t swap our squad for their squad, but they’ve got home advantage.”
And of course the league is still very close for the bottom 10 or so sides, although it’s starting to sort itself out a little bit now, and we just cannot afford to linger at the bottom for too long.
“I said in my program notes a while back it was an August/September league table,” “It probably still is – one or two good results and you’re in the top half.”
“It’s really strange. We’ve got a couple of games now, and if we got four points from the next two games, then that would be a great return going into another couple of tricky fixtures.”
Of course there is probably another reason why the Newcastle players will be up for the Newcastle’s game tomorrow, and that is they know Joe Kinnear will now be at the club until the end of the season.
That’s a good reason to give Joe some cheer, but while the club is more stable we don’t even now have the stability we need. We are quite pleased that Joe is the manager for the season, because if nothing else it gives us more stability.
But captain Michael Owen could add to that increased stability by agreeing to stay at the club as our captain, even though the future of the club is still uncertain, at best.
It would be a great gesture by Michael and would prove once and for all he is committed to Newcastle United. We hope Michael will do just that, and sooner rather than later.
We also have some news that Michael has actually started to discuss a new contract at the club.