Michael Owen Ready For Hull City Cup Final

It looks like Michael Owen is finally on the mend and will be available for the crucial game against Hull City a week tomorrow, but we’re not sure whether he will start that game, because he will be short on match fitness.


Michael Owen – back to fitness – thank goodness

In fact the up front combination of Lovenkrands and Martins looked very good on Wednesday night, with both players showing good mobility, and of course Peter Lovenkrands also has an eye for goal, as he showed when he slotted home in the twinkle of an eye when Edwin van der Sar only blocked the shot from Gutierrez.

Michael Owen is preparing himself for the Hull City game, which he has labeled a “Cup Final” – for obvious reasons, as indeed all our ten remaining games will be in the league.

It’s do or die time at Newcastle United.

The Newcastle captain, missing since injuring his ankle at Man City in January, is set to make his comeback in next weekend’s relegation six-pointer at Hull City.

And the 29-year-old believes that the outcome of matches against fellow-strugglers such as Hull, Stoke, Portsmouth and Middlesbrough is ultimately what will determine whether Newcastle survive this season, as he told the Newcastle official site:

“The game at Hull City on Saturday week is at the moment shaping up to be our Cup Final – and the other games against teams around us, Stoke City, Portsmouth and Middlesbrough, could also be crucial,”

“We’ve got some tough games coming up, yes, but we’ve also got some very winnable games – games which, if we do win them, will put our biggest rivals in trouble.”

It was Michael Owen’s goals during last year’s run-in which went a long way to preserving our Premier League status, and we think if Michael can save Newcastle again, he may well stay at the club after the summer.

Of course if we are relegated that will be time on Michael’s career at Newcastle, whether he wants to stay ort not, becasue the club will just not be able to afford his very high wages. And he would be unlikely to reclaim his England place for the World Cup next summer in South Africa, by playing in the Championship.

But the former England striker has called on his team-mates to produce a repeat of that late-season form of last year:

“There’s no denying that we’re in the middle of the relegation scrap, but myself and the lads have no doubt in our minds that we have enough quality to pull clear,” he added.

“However, this is now the time when we have to stand up and be counted – just like we did last year, when we put together a very good seven-match unbeaten run.

“That sort of sequence is well within our capabilities, and while we have some tough home fixtures in a row, which started against Manchester United and continues with Arsenal and Chelsea.”

“It is the other games against teams around us that are going to be most significant.”

Michael has been out injured so it’s been a bit difficult for him to comment too much about what’s been happening at the club, with our rather poor results over the last 10 games – with a mere 6 points.

But now he’s back in the saddle, we’d like Michael to speak up more and show his leadership, to help the less experienced lads through this.

Of course scoring goals is what he does best, and we just hope Michael can stay fit through all 10 games remaining.

Comments welcome.

22 comments so far

  • Stevo

    Mar 6, 2009 at 11:44 AM

    Comment #1

    Micheal, its Cup Final(s)…….you’ve got 10 of them to play mate.

  • Wallsend Will

    Mar 6, 2009 at 11:46 AM

    Comment #2

    Michael Owen should play some part at Hull, but let’s start with the same team as on Wednesday Night. We must win. Get the tactics right and score early

  • LoonyToon @ graft

    Mar 6, 2009 at 11:48 AM

    Comment #3

    So are we Michael lad….

    This game reminds me of the game away to Birmingham last year when we were in trouble….

  • RyanToon

    Mar 6, 2009 at 11:48 AM

    Comment #4

    cup final?? dont think so, our premier league status will be sorted at st james, were rubbish away from home

  • RyanToon

    Mar 6, 2009 at 11:54 AM

    Comment #5
  • Toon Graeme

    Mar 6, 2009 at 12:00 PM

    Comment #6

    Dont think he deserves to start. I would say second half sub, depending on how we are going.

    As long as we dont leave it until the 80th minute again.

  • Sav

    Mar 6, 2009 at 12:00 PM

    Comment #7

    We knew that about Bassong and KK already. Just the Ashleyite nutters and Derek Llambias were chalking that one up to Wisey.

    Cup Finals…..? You have to win a few matches to make the finals and we’ve only won 6 all season. At that average, we’d only win 2 more from what is left to play. We have to buck up.

  • Toon Graeme

    Mar 6, 2009 at 12:12 PM

    Comment #8

    Aye, just read this on the NUFC website.

    Yet another were in a relegation battle, must stand up and be counted yada yada yada speech from our captain.

    Hope he was referring to himself and bags some goalage as the last few games he missed some right sitters.

    Dont get me wrong Im a MO fan but its same old same old article and content. We had it all season.

    We dont need to be told this guff every week and week out.

    Sorry for rant but just peeeed me off a bit reading it on NUFC website.

  • Stardust

    Mar 6, 2009 at 12:12 PM

    Comment #9

    Not sure why we need to be still on a witch hunt though – the run in is too important for egos and meaningless tosh.

  • Toon Graeme

    Mar 6, 2009 at 12:14 PM

    Comment #10

    Stardust – what do you mean by witch hunt?

  • Pons Aelius

    Mar 6, 2009 at 12:15 PM

    Comment #11

    It’s harsh, but for me you have to start with Owen and Martins. I’ve been impressed by Lovenkrand’s attitude and ability to be in the right place at the right time, but when you’re in the 5h1t you don’t leave a world class player out of your team.

    Owen and Lovenkrands are similar players, but IMO Owen’s ability to head the ball despite his height and his finishing ability are 2nd to none. You have to play him.

  • komfort

    Mar 6, 2009 at 12:18 PM

    Comment #12

    ed , agreed i just hope we can improve on our recent past cup final results dont you think !

  • Stardust

    Mar 6, 2009 at 12:19 PM

    Comment #13

    Graeme – just Sav and Ryan starting the Keegan Signed Bassong and all that – as far as I am concerned brownie points for signatures is a total irrelevance now. Its a peeing competition – the only thing we should all focus on are getting the best out of the lads.

  • Toon Graeme

    Mar 6, 2009 at 12:28 PM

    Comment #14

    Stardust – with you now fella.

    By the time next saturday arrives I have no doubt I will be as nervous as hell!


    Mar 6, 2009 at 12:34 PM

    Comment #15

    Tickets are on sale for this game now-obviously not in the Newcastle end-on the Hull City website. Just got 2.


    Mar 6, 2009 at 12:37 PM

    Comment #16

    Llambias stated categorically that Wise signed Bassong and Keegan signed Xisco.?

  • Stardust

    Mar 6, 2009 at 12:48 PM

    Comment #17

    The Magpie

    I thought of that when I read it this morning. HOWEVER

    I will say this – the quote given to Llambias was from NUSC’s agenda laiden message.

    NUSC WERE shown to be LIARS, in that message they said they only had one banner up advocating “change”.

    It was a lie Magpie – I saw the Ashley and Wise Oot banner facing up Blackett Street – tied to the Monument.

    Therefore if they tell one lie they tell more. I wonder how many more were in there to garner more members.

    The club have been backed up with facts from day 1 – they have not tripped over on anything.

    Therefore from all of our sides, lets simply sit on the fence on this one – we cant form a view and get behind the lads.

  • Magpieforlife

    Mar 6, 2009 at 12:50 PM

    Comment #18

    There is still hope! Barring suspensions and injuries this is a possible line up for the Chelsea game on the 21st which I fancy us to win.

    Beye Coloccini Bassong Enrique

    Duff Nolan Butt Gutierrez

    Martins Owen

    Bench:- Krul, S Taylor, R Taylor, Smith, Guthrie, Viduka, Lovenkrands.


    Mar 6, 2009 at 1:46 PM

    Comment #19

    The club print the Minutes of these Supporter panel meetings on their website-i await the February one with interest.

  • Stardust

    Mar 6, 2009 at 1:51 PM

    Comment #20

    They were on here in Full Magpie – have a look back you will find them

  • Dan4Toon

    Mar 6, 2009 at 7:57 PM

    Comment #21

    wen we play stoke we cud av our best team out with barton anarl 😀

  • Tom_Toon

    Mar 6, 2009 at 8:45 PM

    Comment #22


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