Owen Goal Drought Doesn’t Worry Joe Kinnear


Joe Kinnear has come out today and said he is less than worried about Michael Owen’s goal drought right now.

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Michael Owen – hasn’t scored  in his last 4 games

The Newcastle United striker has gone four games without scoring, but in the first 20- minutes at the KC Stadium last Saturday, he could so easily have had a couple of goals, and put Newcastle in a great position to go through to the next round.

He was there for the chances, but only just missed in both cases, and on another day he would have converted both of them.

However , Joe Kinnear is not worried at all about Michael’s lack of goals, and is convinced the 29-year-old will soon start putting the ball in the back of the net again for the Magpies.

Newcastle have another important 6 pointer in the league on Saturday, when we take on West Ham, who are 3 points above us, and who have gone 5 games away from home without defeat – so that record is obviously due to be broken on Saturday.   😀

Joe said today:

“Michael did very well for us at Hull in a game that we could have won,”

“He got into some great positions and linked up well with Andy Carroll in our attack.”

“That’s all you can ask from your strikers – that they get into those positions.”

“Michael is a world-class striker – some weeks strikers score, and some weeks they don’t.”

Owen is top scorer with 9 goals this season, but with Martins and Viduka both out, the goal scoring is really down to Michael, although it wouldn’t surprise us  in the least if 20 year-old local lad Andy Carroll gets his first senior goal for Newcastle on Saturday.

In fact the form of Andy will be one of the things that will be important for us against the Hammers, and the youngster, who is an England Under-19 regular, now has an excellent opportunity to show us just what he can do for his home town side.

We don’t think he will let himself or the fans down on Saturday, after his more than encouraging display last week.

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53 comments so far

  • The Entertainers

    Jan 8, 2009 at 12:56 PM

    Comment #1

    It wouldnt worry me either, if we had Oba or Viduka to play along side him but we dont !!

    With Owen not scoring we have no strikers of note!

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  • sweendog

    Jan 8, 2009 at 1:01 PM

    Comment #2

    The Entertainers .. agreed .. I seem to be isolated in this opinion but I reckon we desperately need a striker .. of the mould of derdiyok, Pandev etc.

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  • craig chisholm

    Jan 8, 2009 at 1:02 PM

    Comment #3

    we have no goals in our team alas. nothing from the midfield and carroll has never scored for the senior team in 20 odd attempts now. its all on owens shoulders as usual. we need martins back bad and also joey barton too. i just hope that barton stays. he is our only decent midfielder.

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  • Partizan

    Jan 8, 2009 at 1:02 PM

    Comment #4

    JK is losing his authority by sucking up to everyone’s ars.s……..play Xisco god damn it.

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  • If your only fit striker aint performing then you are knackered…how can you expect to win games?
    More utter Tosh from JK,I would rather he shut up completely as he talks a load of tripe 99.9% of the time.

    Owen should be stripped of the captaincy anyway as he has no loyalty to Newcastle United.

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  • Sir Erec

    Jan 8, 2009 at 1:04 PM

    Comment #6

    if you look at how many chances we create in most games, then i think you see why we dont score so much.l also for people who keep saying to play xisco- has there been a thot in your mind that maybe theres a logical reason that he isnt being played?

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  • craig chisholm

    Jan 8, 2009 at 1:07 PM

    Comment #7

    sirjason, you are right, i would love owen to stay but as he wont then we need to bench him as soon as martins is fit enough to take owens place. owen will not be going in the the hard stuff now as he is preotecting his asset -himself ready for a big bay day with another club – i think its chelski before the window shuts for 2 million. he came to us when we were 19th in the prem, we were good enough for him then – as no-one else came in with the right money. now we are needing him more than ever – he is off. i would give the captaincy to barton once he is back.

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  • Rem

    Jan 8, 2009 at 1:07 PM

    Comment #8

    craig chisholm

    wat you talking about. he has only ever had one start. the rest are 3 substitues this season and two of them very late one.

    and the other appeances have alwasy been in the last 3-5 mins when were winning and winding the game down. who would score then?!

    He started against juventus and scored, against Buffon.

    not saying he will score loads, but he hasnt had a proper chance, dont see wher the no goals in 2o came from.

    If you mean chances, you can get 50 in one game and score or one in a game and score

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  • LP_6

    Jan 8, 2009 at 1:08 PM

    Comment #9

    craig chosholm – ‘andy carrolls 20 odd attempts’ of those he has only started 3 and the others have only been 10-15 minute runouts. hardly much playing time is it? but i think xisco should get a go at it!

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  • craig chisholm

    Jan 8, 2009 at 1:10 PM

    Comment #10

    rem – he has made 20 appearances for the senior level from november 2006 – 18 from bench and 2 from startg – no goals as of yet.

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  • Spyro

    Jan 8, 2009 at 1:11 PM

    Comment #11

    shut up JK and play Xisco you stupid tw*t

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  • fostino

    Jan 8, 2009 at 1:13 PM

    Comment #12

    carroll dosent appear to be clinical, just a hard worker who throw’s himself around, id prefer xisco to get the nod, but all the best to carroll, hopefully he’ll prove me wrong!!

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  • Partizan

    Jan 8, 2009 at 1:14 PM

    Comment #13

    Sir Erec-Yes……stupidity!!!

    Owen will leave and you can bet you ”sir”title on it.Viduka will leave aswell together with Smith.
    Carroll is shite,a complete tractor.

    I’ll tell you something,i was quite suprised when we signed Xisco actually and though why the hell he chose us.We are simply a suicidal club for future talents.

    Scored a goal on his debut,that tells us something.What he needs is…..a good run in games alongside Owen.I’m sure he’d be a better choice than Carroll.

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  • AO

    Jan 8, 2009 at 1:16 PM

    Comment #14

    sirjasontoon, comment 5- I would listen to your own words of wisdom but add that you do it 100% of the time.

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  • Rem

    Jan 8, 2009 at 1:20 PM

    Comment #15

    yeah and them 18 have been two minute run outs, which doesnt even add up to one match. whre are you getting 20 from anyway?

    he has only started one competitive match, if you include the friendlies he has scored.

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  • Ian

    Jan 8, 2009 at 1:24 PM

    Comment #16

    Have always said it, Martins is our top striker, Martins scores, runs brilliant decoys taking away defenders allowing the other players to score more easily and provides assists, a reasonable striker alongside Martins can score, someone like Cisse would be knocking in more than Owen alongside Martins.

    Owen is good with good support, but then how much better would Martins be with the support Owen needs??

    I hope the Mido- Smith rumour has an element of truth, bring another decent striker in to the mix and we might find we are better off with Mido and Martins.

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  • Sir Erec

    Jan 8, 2009 at 1:26 PM

    Comment #17

    partizan, xisco’s debut goal was a tap in, dont forget that. as for people slating on andy carrol for missing chances, uh excuse me but owen misses quite a few chances a game as well. martins misses a shit load of close range shots as well and yet i and know one else needs or feels the need to slate him as he is still a good player.

    sometimes i get the feeling that some fans are just looking for a reason to whine.

    come on lads, lets have some faith

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  • talk on tyne

    Jan 8, 2009 at 1:28 PM

    Comment #18

    guys im afraid some bad news city have just bid 9 mil for shay given newcastle are rejecting the bid and will accept 12 mil which they fully accept city to match. this is def right i live in newcastle and am family friends wit someone who works for the club sorry guys oh and despite speculation there is goin to be no replacement harper will step in who i think is almost as good anyway.

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  • AO

    Jan 8, 2009 at 1:31 PM

    Comment #19

    talkontyne- thats rubbish. newcastle accepted 9 mill this morning.

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  • Spyro

    Jan 8, 2009 at 1:34 PM

    Comment #20

    talk on tyne

    Why so depressed? If true, then that isn’t bad news at all. That would be the 12million we need for strengthening other areas.

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  • talk on tyne

    Jan 8, 2009 at 1:34 PM

    Comment #21

    ao u will see i am def right

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  • talk on tyne

    Jan 8, 2009 at 1:36 PM

    Comment #22

    i know not depressed just cant decide whether good or bad lol will be able to spend 12 mil in other areas though?

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  • AO

    Jan 8, 2009 at 1:39 PM

    Comment #23

    Is kinnear not going to recieve any money from the player sales. I thought Ashley was now staying so all this asset stripping doesnt make sense.

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  • Sir Erec

    Jan 8, 2009 at 1:41 PM

    Comment #24

    wow tottenham parading defoe around before he is even officially their player. poor portsmouth, i would be pretty mad if i was them

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  • talk on tyne

    Jan 8, 2009 at 1:42 PM

    Comment #25

    ao i think they truly believe nufc cant get relegated and are goin to do the bare minimum in this window and wait till the summer basically write this season off great isnt it.

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  • talk on tyne

    Jan 8, 2009 at 1:44 PM

    Comment #26

    id really love to see craig bellamy back at the club the only doubt over him would be injury problems and plus city could out bid us any day lol

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  • Toon Graeme

    Jan 8, 2009 at 1:45 PM

    Comment #27

    Bulls locks re given and you know it. Even Highes told the world no offer had been made.

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  • talk on tyne

    Jan 8, 2009 at 1:48 PM

    Comment #28

    toon graeme that was this mornin this is the afternoon he didnt exactly dismiss it did he. he said there has been no bid and very quickly got off the subject. city will move quick as they have the money and do not need to be cautious with there money.

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  • Ian

    Jan 8, 2009 at 1:54 PM

    Comment #29

    If Owen is so good and better then Martins why is Owen not scoring the same amount of goals with out Martins on the pitch??

    Watch Martins do dummy runs to free up other players and the assists are brilliant.

    As for missing chances static players tend to miss less chances and faster players who cover a lot of the pitch hit a percentage, but who gives more to the team in a game?

    I would love to see Mido in a swap with Smith so Martins and Mido could be on the pitch together to show what I mean, two mobile strikers in this team would make all of the difference.

    I couldnt see us buying Bellamy, they wouldnt spend the cash and West Ham couldnt afford to let him go, a mobile striker who provides a lot of assists such as bellamy is the type of player I would like to see alongside Martins, I dont like the old fashioned stationary Owen type striker, I do not think the modern game has room for them except in teams like Chelsea or Manchester United.

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  • toonmadtom

    Jan 8, 2009 at 1:57 PM

    Comment #30

    im not really bothered if Given leaves, he has been outstand for years and Harper is just as good in my eyes

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  • toonmadtom

    Jan 8, 2009 at 2:00 PM

    Comment #31

    i would hate to see Mido come like, give Smith a chance

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  • craig chisholm

    Jan 8, 2009 at 2:00 PM

    Comment #32

    ian, i agree, i would bench owen now nad have martins as number 1 and give xisco a try out. , i think that 20 run outs for newcastle (ok, 18 as a sub) means that carroll should be a sqyuad player. peopel say give him time but i think that xisco scored in first game, his ratio works out at 1 goal per 49 minutes or something – as he ahs not played since. i think that he should go up front with martins. one has the height and one has the speed. this has to be better than owen/ameobi or carroll.

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  • Partizan

    Jan 8, 2009 at 2:01 PM

    Comment #33

    I think 10 mill will be the fee for Given.

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  • Partizan

    Jan 8, 2009 at 2:02 PM

    Comment #34

    Craig Crisholm…..Spot on for that coment

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  • beyethegreat

    Jan 8, 2009 at 2:03 PM

    Comment #35

    23 AO // Jan 8, 2009 at 13:39

    Is kinnear not going to recieve any money from the player sales. I thought Ashley was now staying so all this asset stripping doesnt make sense.

    when has anything made sense with us

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  • toonmadtom

    Jan 8, 2009 at 2:06 PM

    Comment #36

    8 million and Onouha would be a good deal,

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  • Ian

    Jan 8, 2009 at 2:13 PM

    Comment #37

    Agreed Craig, Martins also said Carroll was decent to play alongside so that is worth a try too, Mido would be better though, we have to try a few things while Owen is still here, so we know what we need when he leaves, rather than think we know what we need, then after we have the player it doesnt work. Owen cant complain if he sits out part of or all of the odd game he hasnt signed so it would be common sense.

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  • TROJAN 69

    Jan 8, 2009 at 2:15 PM

    Comment #38

    given leaving says it all,for me it,s not about the money,it,s what it signifies to us as a club.
    shay given is newcastle through and through,it,s a sad day if this is true.
    even if we get good money for given,we wont see it thats for sure.

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  • G

    Jan 8, 2009 at 2:16 PM

    Comment #39

    I would personnaly love to have the luxary of giving both Carrol and Xisco a good run in the first team, but with our precarious possition in the league we have to give the nod to experience of the prem. In an ideal world, we will beat Hull and give the kids a run out together against the next cup opponent.

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  • craig chisholm

    Jan 8, 2009 at 2:16 PM

    Comment #40

    yeah ian, the botton line is that owen has only just got firnign on all cylinders, he is not going to risk another injury when he wants the big money move to a better club. to me, this translates into him bottling out on many 50/50 stuff now and not risking anything. plus, why have martins on bench pissing him off jsut to keep owen happy? owen is gone, its finished, we dont want martins banging in a request too. off topic, when is martins contract up – i hope that our shit club learn from the owen fiasco and tie matins up when he still has well over a year to go on his current deal, otherwise there is another class act walking out the door.

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