Michael Owen Worked His Socks Off For Us – Shearer

Alan Shearer has come out today and praised the effort and play of Newcastle captain Michael Owen on Monday night.


Michael Owen – worked his socks off for Newcastle on Monday night

Alan Shearer talked to the Evening Chronicle today about Michael’s contribution on Monday night:

“There were some big performances out there against Boro.” “But you can’t forget about Michael. He also put in a shift without much success.”

“He was always a threat with his pace running behind. He had a couple of half-chances and would have gone on to get something if he hadn’t have been brought down on one occasion.”

“He worked his socks off.” “The lads who got the goals will get the headlines. But there were some big performances out there.”

Michael had one great effort with a glancing header from a Mark Viuduka cross that had Middlesbrough goalkeeper Brad Jones, brilliantly tipping the ball over the bar, in the first half.  The number of times Michael gets headers in is quite amazing, given he’s not that tall.

And before the game on Monday night Newcastle had two points and just one goal in 5 games under Sharer, but then in one game we got all 3 points and 3 goals, and with a little luck near the end with Andy Carroll, we could have had even more goals.

We hope we’ll see some more goals from the lads on Saturday because out fate is till in the balance. If Hull win or draw at Bolton and we lose against Fulham we’ll be 3rd bottom again, with just one game to go. We have to remember that for Saturday’s game.

All 3 goals on Monday night for Newcastle we thought were good goals, but Alan is not worried about what they look like,as loong as they go in. Alan sounds like a former striker to us.

Alan said today:

“I’m not really bothered how they go in.” “They went in and it was a great feeling. It was a feeling that we deserved.”

“We would have been robbed if we hadn’t come away with three points after that performance.” “When you look at the amount of effort and the amount of chances it was magnificent.”

Alan’s right – and we need two more performances like that to end our season – starting with a great performance against Fulham and 3 points on Saturday – then we can really celebrate.

Where’s that Newcastle Brown Ale?

Howay The Lads!!

44 comments so far

  • boater

    May 13, 2009 at 1:36 PM

    Comment #1

    ‘Running his socks off’ or ‘Gave everything for the cause’… phrases also attributable to Smith, Guti and Butt a lot this season. It’s another way of saying – totally ineffective.

    I personally prefer the phrase ‘Scored a goal’… or ‘Set up a goal’.

  • Hugh Jorgan

    May 13, 2009 at 1:48 PM

    Comment #2

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  • Charlietoon

    May 13, 2009 at 1:49 PM

    Comment #3

    I think he did a decent job and made some good efforts on goal. Made the keeper work once and had a few crosses that could have been turned on. That being said I still don’t think we should keep him around next year unless he is willing to take a pay cut. The new contract should have better terms for us than the last one we offered him. He rejected that and has done nothing to deserve anything better.

    I’d like to see us get rid of Owen, Barton, Ameobi, Geremi, Capaca, Edgar and Smith. Viduka can stay on a pay as you play contract but should be teaching the young lads as well.

    Next year I’d think we need





    I’d like to see us make a grab for Darren Bent as I think he would be a good replacement for Owen and has similar qualities to Martins. He has proven himself in the english game and scores ten a season easy and thats generally off the bench. Carroll will be good if dukes can’t play which lets face it will be most of the time but I’d hope the two would be working together one on one in training.

    I dont know how to sort out our midfield 🙂

  • Dragonera

    May 13, 2009 at 1:50 PM

    Comment #4

    Get rid of this waster.

  • lezb

    May 13, 2009 at 1:54 PM

    Comment #5

    A “Kings new clothes”comment from Alan I fear
    M.O.redeeming feature is long gone ie his pace without his pace he struggles as was plain for all to see on Monday night.You can fool some of the people……etc etc

  • Toon Graeme

    May 13, 2009 at 2:01 PM

    Comment #6

    I still think that he was off the pace on Monday – apart from that header. He was easily muscled off the ball on numerous occassions.

    Is he trying not to get injured? Who knows.

    Look at it this way at 5pm on Saturday when the lads do their tour of the middle circle – it will be his last time on the SJP turf as our player.

  • Macas35

    May 13, 2009 at 2:06 PM

    Comment #7

    All this nonsense about Owen not trying or just avoiding injury as he already has another club lined up is pathetic. He put in a decent shift on Monday just the chances never really fell for him. He might not be the player he was but is still a good finisher, and you can’t fault his commitment. I guess he is an easy target though because of his wages.

  • Craigg

    May 13, 2009 at 2:07 PM

    Comment #8

    If Owen scores a hat trick against Fulham everyone will say we should keep him.

    I dont doubt his effort i cant believe people saying he doesnt try, The countless times at Stoke and Portsmouth he had to drop back into his own half to regain possesion was embarassing.

    If we sign a midfield packed with creative players who can between them pass a ball, get in the box to support the front men and cross a ball then Owen would be scoring 15-20 a season.

    He got one chance in the Boro match which he did all he could getting the pace and direction on the ball.

    He is far from finished as a player and lets not forget the end of last season and the fact that despite Oba and Viduka’s heroics on monday, Owen is still our top scorer.

  • Craigg

    May 13, 2009 at 2:12 PM

    Comment #9

    I’ll rewrite that in English:

    He got one chance in the Boro match where he did all he could to get the pace and direction on the ball and sadly for him and us the keeper make a fine stop.

    If that had gone in he would be the hero who should get a contract extension instead its Viduka and Lovenkrands and Owen should be on his bike.

  • sahota

    May 13, 2009 at 2:16 PM

    Comment #10

    Don’t yet count him out for next season if we survive. I think we just gets carried away with a win or defeat. We just need to be patient and see what happens. I think if we survive this season and Alan remains manager, he will obviously look at Owen also. But if he decided to keep him, so be it. Don’t cry if he decides to keep him.

  • cicero

    May 13, 2009 at 2:19 PM

    Comment #11

    Charlietoon I think we have the core of a half decent squad and with a few additions can start to build next year. I think we could pick up a couple of Boro players on the cheap and spend some cash on a striker. But the real money should be spent strengthening our mid-field who are grafters but pedestrian and lacking in guile. I”d love to get someone like Xabi Alonso from Liverpool but he wouldn’t come to the toon next season.

    Taylor…..Collo…..(Wheater Boro)…..(Arca Boro)

    xxxxxx…(Alonso Liv)….Butt…….LuaLua

    ……………..Carroll……..Ranger….(Bent Spurs)

  • Dragonera

    May 13, 2009 at 2:21 PM

    Comment #12

    Sick of hearing about Owen, just want him gone. We can sign a more useful striker than him over the summer relatively easily.

  • Bosck

    May 13, 2009 at 2:41 PM

    Comment #13

    cicero, i think its a miss type from you, but please tell me if we did miraculously get alonso ( which we won’t) you wouldnt have him as back up for nolan!!!

  • Toon Graeme

    May 13, 2009 at 2:49 PM

    Comment #14

    Change of topic slightly – anyone getting the new strip? 15% off if you a ST holder – which works our £1 less than sportsdirect.

  • workyticket

    May 13, 2009 at 2:51 PM

    Comment #15

    Ed, good to see that you’ve changed your tune regarding the vilification and false insinuations about the players. I’m glad that Shearer has put you straight. 🙂

  • Charlietoon

    May 13, 2009 at 2:52 PM

    Comment #16

    Actually amend that. Give Lua Lua a a chance on the right to replace Jonas

  • DevonMag

    May 13, 2009 at 2:55 PM

    Comment #17

    We FULLY have the makings of a half decent squad. 6 players (bought shrewdly) will see us in the top 6 next season. 3, in the top half.
    The 3 priorites are a lb to challenge Enrique, a creative center mid and a right wing.
    After that, the other 3 required would be a new, quality striker, a left winger and a decent understudy for beye at rb, someone with real potential.
    Jonas for me has recently proved that he is nothing but a good substitute, and as far as I’m concerned Ryan Taylor has no real place in our squad. Nolan I’m now feeling a lot more positive about. Our squad next season that could see us comfortably in the top half:

    new rb——colo———kadar———-new lb



    Obviously there could be some far better buy’s than that, they’re just off the top of my head. One player I would love to see us sign is De La Red from Madrid, huge prospect, massive work-rate and creative flair. Also very young- though could be too light weight for the prem? Apart from that I would love us to get Higuain or Bojan, though neither would happen.

  • Whumpie

    May 13, 2009 at 2:57 PM

    Comment #18

    So – the usual bashing of anyone well-known and earning a lot.


    Shearer knew that the smogs ship most goals in the last quarter, and he knew that one of Owen’s talents was as his own: knackering defences by being constantly on the move, even when the ball was nowhere near him.

    Trouble is, unless you’re there in person you don’t get to see it. It was the same with Big Al – people would ask what the fuss was all about, because on TV he was off-screen when he did the most damage.

    I think that was the plan – send out Owen, if he gets one or two, great – but if not, get the quick boys on with some time to go, and they can get past the people Owen and co have knackered out with their constant darting about. And it worked beautifully.

    One more thing: I like Andy Carroll. But if Owen had missed two sitters like that, what would you all be saying about him??

  • DevonMag

    May 13, 2009 at 2:58 PM

    Comment #19

    I entirely forgot to include Lua Lua as back up on the right, or even centre. He is overlooked far too often in my opinion. Him, ranger and Vuckic are our most exciting youth prospects, as well as Krul.

  • hitman

    May 13, 2009 at 3:16 PM

    Comment #20

    owen has no legs

  • workyticket

    May 13, 2009 at 3:17 PM

    Comment #21

    Whumpie // May 13, 2009 at 2:57 PM

    “Shearer knew that the smogs ship most goals in the last quarter, and he knew that one of Owen’s talents was as his own: knackering defences by being constantly on the move, even when the ball was nowhere near him.”

    That’s very perceptive and astute Whumpie, and it’s one of the two main reasons why I was impressed with Shearer’s performance the other night, in contrast with his other games so far. It could also be said that Martins has similar qualities in that respect, ie at his best he can knacker his opponents by being a right little runaround. I can see you point exactly though, and why Shearer did it the way he did too. Well put.

  • hitman

    May 13, 2009 at 3:18 PM

    Comment #22


  • Little Willie

    May 13, 2009 at 3:18 PM

    Comment #23

    Give Lua Lua a a chance on the right to replace Jonas


    So give the youngster that couldn’t even get a regular start at Doncaster a run instead of a regular starter for one of the best teams in international football?

    Got to love the logic of some Newcastle fans.

  • Stuart79

    May 13, 2009 at 3:19 PM

    Comment #24


    Carroll did well to control the ball for one of his chances as it was a simple ball played poorly by Martins. He did to get a shot away!

  • Whumpie

    May 13, 2009 at 3:31 PM

    Comment #25

    Stuart – to be honest by that point I was reaching a respectable level of tankedness and singing a lot, so perhaps those two chances weren’t quite as good as they looked.

    He did well to be there to take the shot, though, I remember that much. Great player to put on late when the last thing defenders want is a six-foot-six goliath with young, strong legs coming at them.

    I actually think Shearer should do exactly the same on Saturday – same starters, same subs – but perhaps subbing a bit earlier.

  • cupiddstunt

    May 13, 2009 at 3:36 PM

    Comment #26

    Ahh c’mon hitman I know MO is not very tall but to say he has no legs is a little bit below the belt don’t you think 😉

  • Jamesthefirst

    May 13, 2009 at 3:37 PM

    Comment #27

    Shearer’s team for Fulham:


    Subs: Krul, Coloccini, Martins, Jonas, Lua Lua

  • Toon Graeme

    May 13, 2009 at 3:42 PM

    Comment #28

    James – looking good mate

  • cupiddstunt

    May 13, 2009 at 3:43 PM

    Comment #29

    Well spotted Whumpie most so called football fans spend most of their time ball watching and don’t see the game beyond that. Like as you said unless you are there in person you miss most of what’s happening at a game.

    There were loads of time when MO was dropping into midfield to help out and link up and his goals per game is still up there with the best of them.

  • Bosck

    May 13, 2009 at 3:53 PM

    Comment #30

    the only thing i think shearer really needs to wipe out from the smog game before the fulham game for me was the few times we messed about with the ball in defence in our own half and nearly played ourselves in to trouble, i know its not constructive but at the moment with the need to not concede a goal if there is any opposition near we should just wallop the ball downfield. if theres time then obviously play to feet but safety first.

  • Isaac Hunt

    May 13, 2009 at 4:00 PM

    Comment #31

    Don’t care what anyone says about him. He’s still a little waster!

  • boater

    May 13, 2009 at 4:10 PM

    Comment #32

    Whumpie… your report on Owen’s shift on Monday has to be the most elaborate smokescreen for an ineffectual performance I have ever witnessed. You forgot to mention that by being off the pace and reliably shoddy with his first touch he lulled the smogs into a false sense of security for when the more mobile strikers came on.

    He isn’t a bad player, even now still, but he is a finisher as opposed to the forager he was when we signed him… not much use to a team that produces so little meaningful creative attacking play.

    I agree Shearer will probably go with the same line up – and yes bring on the subs a bit earlier.

    JamesThefirst… I like that side. Anything which puts Jonas the passenger on the bench is OK with me… I would STILL go for the 4-3-3 though – with loverboy coming off the bench.

    beye/ taylor/ bassong/ duff

  • Doocey

    May 13, 2009 at 4:23 PM

    Comment #33

    Lads, we’re not safe yet!!

  • AndyNUFC

    May 13, 2009 at 4:24 PM

    Comment #34

    As much as I have slagged, still slag, and will continue to slag Owen off, in a top 4 team he would get a fair few goals. His style of play isn’t suitable for us though, we need runners, powerful players, unpredictable, young exciting prospects.

  • DrNewcastle

    May 13, 2009 at 4:32 PM

    Comment #35

    I think we need to get rid off some dead weight in the summer!!

    players out: Owen, geremi, butt, barton, collo,viduka(yes he was good on monday, but getting rusty),duff and smith( i like smith but im fed up giving him more chance)!!

    Players in: we need fullbacks, 2 central defender, some wingers and one striker, and one creative midfielder

    maybe we should raid Middlesboro if they go down and we stay up? Huth and Tuncay sound good, maybe downing??

    What do you think?

  • Dragonera

    May 13, 2009 at 4:35 PM

    Comment #36

    I don’t even think Owen would get much goals for the top four anymore. His finishing has declined heavily. He is no RVN.

  • beyethegreat

    May 13, 2009 at 4:37 PM

    Comment #37


    agreed i have noticed he isnt taking chances like he used to

    hopefully that will change against fullham

    btw when do we play fullham

  • JJJ

    May 13, 2009 at 4:38 PM

    Comment #38

    Craigg // May 13, 2009 at 2:07 PM

    “If Owen scores a hat trick against Fulham everyone will say we should keep him.”

    Personally Craig, if Owen scores a hatrick against Fulham, I’ll be delighted because we won, but I’d be devastated if we gave him a new contract.


    Owen knackers the defenders out? Um no, there are players like Johnson and Bellamy etc whose movement off the ball may do this, but unfortunately good defenders know Owen no longer has the pace to get in behind them so they just keep a high line.
    So then Owen drops deep and the just nudge him off the ball because he is weak.
    Yes, I still think he can finish as a poacher, but there are strikers out there who would offer a lot more for 100k a week.
    Ps. Shearer cant even be compared to Owen, he was a class apart (scored, hold up play, strength, passing, crossing, heading (although Owen has improved here he’s nowhere near Shearer), and most of all… leadership. Owen just doesnt have it in him…
    Look if Owen was on 60k a week I’d say keep him (maybe), but he wont take a wage cut and so he should be sold.

    Its no good saying if we had a fantastic creative midfield he’d score 15-20 a season.
    Firstly – Owen has NEVER got 20 in a season – even in his prime with a great midfield at Liverpool – so why would he do it now with lost pace.
    Besides, on his wages he should be scoring 20-30 a season at least.

    Anyway, sick Owen, cant wait for him to leave.


    May 13, 2009 at 4:40 PM

    Comment #39

    if we get past the reslt of mondays game, we had everything in spades apart from skill. blood guts and passion, but we lost possession a hell of a lot in the middle of the park and we were always under the cosh when boro came forward.

    it will not help us just by hoofin the ball upfield… it’ll come straight back for our opponents to have another opportunity. if we’ve got the ball, we have to learn to keep it, control the pace of the game and try not to be put on the back foot.

    skillwise on monday, very little difference, butt gives it his all but he gives the ball away as soon as he wins it. guthrie did well with his set pieces granted, and nolan battled harder than we’ve seen before, but we need to start controlling the middle of the park, most/all teams walk straight through our midfield its shocking.

    our defence was nothing to get too excited about. the amount of times boro’s front man got between or on the wrong side of our CB’s, thats nothing to be proud of.

    NUFC is clearly lacking in quality and skill and the few players we have that show glimpses of it are no where near enough to cover the mighty cracks that appear as soon as we run out onto the park.

    anyone who thinks just a coupla chnages in the close season will be enough to see us top half is deluded.

    as for the remainder of the season, i’m starting to feel that blood guts and passion of mondays calibre might be enough to see us through, but we’ll be going through the same crap next season if some serious shake ups dont happen IMO

  • beyethegreat

    May 13, 2009 at 4:43 PM

    Comment #40

    also if we get rid of owen we can get 3 playersthat would make much more of a difference which would please us shearer/kinnear and ma would do summersaulsts


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