Joe Kinnear, in his press conference yesterday, said that he sees Michael Owen score goals like the two he scored last Saturday, every day on the training pitch.
Michael Owen – impressive every day in training
And that’s probably one reason why Joe has seemed so positive about Michael’s value to the club, since he took over the massive job of managing Newcastle United.
Owen will again be partnered up front by the energetic Obafemi Martins, with Mark Viduka again set for a place on the bench as the Australian International works his way back to full fitness.
Joe talked about Michael to the Shields Gazette today:
“Like all of us, he’s looking forward to Portsmouth and picking up a good result,” “Michael was fantastic for us again when we played Stoke. He popped up and scored two goals, and proved his quality again.”
“He got an awful lot of grief after Middlesbrough and I was disappointed by it, but he has once again proved what a great striker he is, and I expect he’ll keep on doing it.
“We’ve got Michael Owen and Oba Martins as our two fully-fit strikers, whereas Mark Viduka has only made a couple of appearances as sub. He is not yet at his sharpest, but we’ve got offensive players.”
We do have some quality players in the team, there’s no doubt about that, but we need all of them to play well together. We need the opportunist goals we saw last Saturday, but we also need to see solid and consistent defending.
The two goals we conceded last Saturday were both poor, with Fabricio Coloccini being culpable for the first goal, and the way we defended the free kick that led to Stoke’s second goal was little better than you see from schoolboys. In fact it was a lot worse than that.
Consistency and resilience are what we need to see every week from the lads, and then we can pick up those wins we so desperately need.