Michael Owen mightn’t have had a shot last week at Middlesbrough but he’s come back big time and slotted two goals past Stoke’s goalkeeper Sorensen, to put Newcastle United 2-0 up at half time.
Newcastle attacked from the off and it was clear their instructions was to attack Stoke City and after just 7 minutes Michael Owen had a shot on target, but it was a weak left-foot shot saved by Sorensen.
But a minute later he made no mistake and it was Jonas who put the ball into the six yard box for Michael Owen to slot the ball home.
Newcastle were attacking Stoke at every opportunity and would you believe after just 24 minutes Newcastle increased their lead. And it was out other top striker Oba Martins who provides a terrific left wing center for Owen to slide the ball home.
The spirit in the Newcastle side was shown as he raced over to Oba to congratulate him on a wonderful cross from the Nigerian. 2-0 up and with our defense looking decent we should be able to hold on, but you never know.
But after the second goal it was all Newcastle, and after 36 minutes Newcastle got two corners in quick succession, the first was cleared by Stoke for another corner, but N’Zogbia’s resulting corner is poor and center-back Faye cleared easily at the near post.
But the danger to Newcastle was shown when Abdoulaye Faye should have done better but headed Delap’s free-kick wide, when he should really have done better.
The half time whistle blew and it’s been a good first half for the home side, but we need the exact same thing again in the second half, and no holding back like we did against WBA, and nearly lost all 3 points several weeks back, after also leading 2-0.
Another early goal in the second half is what we need and may be give big Mark Viduka a run-out but we also need the goals for our goal difference.
Howay The Lads!!
Newcastle United: Shay Given, Habib Beye, Jose Enrique, Fabricio Coloccini, Sebastien Bassong, Geremi, Danny Guthrie, Jonas Gutierrez, Charles N’Zogbia, Michael Owen (c), Oba Martins
Subs: Steve Harper, Claudio Cacapa, Xisco, David Edgar, Mark Viduka, Andy Carroll, Steven Taylor
Stoke City: Thomas Sorensen, Andy Griffin, Danny Higginbotham, Richard Creswell, Mamady Sidibe, Danny Pugh, Salif Diao, Amdy Faye, Rory Delap, Abdoulaye Faye, Ibrahima Sonko
Subs: Steve Simonsen, Seyi Olofinjana, Leon Cort, Glenn Whealen, Ricardo Fuller, Andrew Davies, Michael Tongue
Referee: Mike Riley