Joe Kinnear came to the rescue of his captain today for the Saturday’s performance of Michael Owen against Middlesbrough, where it looked like Michael had an almost invisible performance.
Michael Owen – criticism of Michael way over the top
Kinnear told the Newcastle Evening Chronicle today:
“I thought some of the comments about Michael Owen’s display on Saturday were a bit out of order and well over the top.”
“Yes, Michael had a quiet game by his high standards, but the coaching staff on the bench could see how hard he was working, and we felt he did a lot of unselfish running for the team.”
“This was backed up when we had a look at the video after the game and studied each individual performance and saw what Owen had done.”
“Our big regret at Middlesbrough on Saturday was that none of the chances we created came Michael’s way, but this was not necessarily his fault.”
“He kept running into goalscoring positions, but he just never got the ball – and this is something we have to work on.”
We did review the game for a second time yesterday, and although he was not in the game much, Michael didn’t give the ball away, and he was making runs as Joe suggested. The Newcastle side looked very well organized although Middlebrough were closest to winning the game in the second half.
We think there were a couple of things about why Michael got criticized following the game:
- He didn’t score and didn’t look like scoring, and didn’t even have a shot on goal
- Fans were annoyed that Oba was taken off rather than Michael, when Mark Viduka came on, since Oba was having the better game and looked like he may be able to get a goal
It’s hardly a big deal, and we know that players need a few games to get back their sharpness, and that’s probably why Joe kept the England striker on for the whole game.
A goal from Michael against Stoke City on Saturday, and we’ll all soon forget this poor game, and maybe we’ll get one from Oba too. 😀