Newcastle captain Michael Owen may be the only fit first team striker we have for tonight’s replay against Hull City at St. James’ Park, with Ameobi, Martins, Carroll, Smith and Viduka all out injured.
Michael Owen – cup run is up to us
With 22 year-old Xisco being rumored to be on his way out of Newcastle this month, it will be interesting to see if Kinnear will risk starting the Spaniard tonight, although not sure who else we have to start up front, unless he gives one of the youngsters a run out, like young Nile Ranger, even though the lad is just 17 years old.
Certainly we know quite a few fans would love to see this youngster in action, after he’s scored a ton of goals in the Reserves (4 goals) and the Youth team (14 goals), since arriving in the summer from Southampton.
Michael Owen admits the club are pleased with the draw for the next round, which is now Milwall at home, and the 10-goal leading scorer for the club knows we cannot be complacent when Hull City come to town tonight.
Michael talked to nufcTV about the game:
“Hull away in the Third Round was tough but we did well to get the replay,” “We would’ve definitely taken a draw before the match and it was a very good game.”
“Nil-nil suggests it wasn’t but there were quite a lot of chances. We had a couple in the first-half and they came close later in the game.”
“But I thought we didn’t deserve to lose and now we’ve got a great chance to win the tie at St. James’.”
“We will always pay our respects to whoever we’re playing and hopefully we do get through.”
“But when you get a drawn at home it’s all you can ask for and if it’s not against one of the big boys then even better.” “It’s about time we had a half-decent draw.”
“And it’s not like we’ve got a fixture pile-up like teams in Europe so it’s fine for us having a replay and hopefully a good cup run.”
We’re still hoping Michael will decide to stay at the club in the summer, but we know that will be an outside chance. He looked class on Saturday and the reports that he’s well past his best are just not true.
Do we have any petitions going that are asking Michael to stay on Tyneside? – if we do can someone please send me a note through the comments form – and we’ll put that on the site.
But if the club is going to move forward we need a few things that just have to happen before next September:
- Bring in 5-6 good players in January through hell or high water so we are still in the Premiership
- Get our injury problems sorted out right now, and try to ascertain why we always have so many of them every season
- Buy the players who were targets but not available in January
- Bring in 2-3 more top youngsters to the club
- Have Michael Owen and Shay Given still at the club in September
If those things happen we’ll be in a lot better shape for next season, that’s for sure.
What do you think?