Newcastle captain Michael Owen is under no illusions that Newcastle didn’t deserve to win yesterday, because he says the team didn’t play well.
Michael Owen – we didn’t play well
Michael Owen said following the game:
“We were disappointed, really disappointed, because we didn’t play well.” “We had patches in the first half where we did all right, but we were probably fortunate to be 2-0 up, in my opinion anyway, at half-time.”
“You think you are comfortable at 2-0, but all it takes is one goal and then they have got half an hour or however long left to try to snatch one.”
“We thought we had done it. It was getting into injury-time and we thought we had held on, and if we had held on, we would have been quite relieved to have not played well, but got three points.”
“But as it is, we are really disappointed and we are going to have to pick up some good results away from home now to make up for it.”
We thought we were much the better side in the first half, but if anything our tactics cost us all 3 points in the second half. We’ve just got to stop giving the initiative away to the other team, when we go ahead, especially when we play at St. James’ Park.
Joe needs to take a page out of Kevin Keegan’s book, and when we do get ahead, demand more goals and keep attacking the opposition – none of this containing nonsense.
If we had done that in our 5 home games under Joe Kinnear we could have maybe won them all. There’s more truth to that than meets the eye, because of the 3 games we haven’t won under Joe at home (all 2-2 draws with Man City, Wigan and Stoke) the opposition have equalized in the last 5 minutes of those games.
Just look where we would have been with those extra 6 points – don’t look – we’ll tell you – 9th place just behind Everton on goal difference.
Whether we can manage to win at Portsmouth next week or not, we need to have a game plan that goes after all 3 points. Fortune always favors the brave, and we need to start thinking we can win these games against lesser opposition, and go into them with the confidence that we can indeed secure all 3 points.
If we don’t think we can win, we won’t.