It’s just a little strange that lots of our players have come out this week (Nolan, Guthrie, Harper …) and said what needs to be done tomorrow – this morning it’s the great Habib Beye – but where is our captain, Michael Owen, in all of this?
Habib Beye – would make a great captain for Shearer
We seem to have heard precious little from Michael about the situation, so it seems odd that the captain is not more vocal about what Newcastle need to achieve in their last last two vital games of the season.
Michael Owen is not the type of captain we like to see at Newcastle, but we all know he’s doing his best for the club, we know that, and we would also hope he can break his duck, and get some goals in tomorrow’s game.
If Michael scores we think you will find a relieved and happy play out there. Given the way Habib Beye has handled the situation in the last several weeks he would make a great captain, but we’ll have to see what happens to Michael Owen this summer. Michael will want to play under Alan, if Newcastle can survive.
Habib Beye believes we need the same atmosphere at St. James’ Park tomorrow we have on Monday, but Beye is right when he says that atmosphere must be generated by thye players.
“If we want to have that sort of atmosphere every week in St James’s Park it is down to us to do our best to inspire this sort of crowd,”
“They have waited to see the team play the way we did on Monday, and the atmosphere was just amazing. Since I came here two years ago it’s the best atmosphere I’ve seen.”
“The fans are always behind us but if we want this quality of atmosphere all the time, and this type of game, then it’s up to us.”
“It won’t be easy, we need to work very hard to win the game. If we win we will go to (Aston) Villa with confidence. If we don’t get a result, if we don’t get any points, there will be more pressure at Villa, and it’s never easy to play them with pressure.”
“Hull will be doing everything to win (at Bolton, also tomorrow), and save their place in the Premier League but we can’t wait on them to lose. If we win our games we will be safe. Winning on Monday was so important because it was the first time we went above Hull, with the goal difference. It was massive for us to get out of the bottom three.”
Habib is so right, because the crowd sensed the lads were really ready for the fight on Monday, and even after the own goal it was obvious they were still going for it. Just think about tomorrow, we may even score first, and if that happens watch the lads try to bury Fulham with all out attacking football, to lift the pressure on both them and the fans.
It was a really unfortunate own goal, just one of those things really, and it was the first away goal Middlesbrough have scored all this year – they have been that bad away from home.
Habib though is clear Newcastle’s work this season is far from over:
“When the own goal went in I just thought ‘Well sometimes this happens’,” “I’m 31, I’m not a young kid. When I scored an own goal at the start of my career it was really hard, I was 21. Now I’m 31 I know the game is never over and I can’t do anything about an own goal once it’s gone in.”
“You can’t be sorry for yourself after four minutes, and not play any more. Straight away I knew we had to go forward and try and get our confidence back. I didn’t think about the (own) goal for the rest of the game. It was really unlucky but I just said ‘We must come back, keep playing and win the game’.”
“I knew with the quality and the spirit we have we could do that. I don’t want to say it helped us, but when you get a setback like that it makes you come out and try to make it right.”
“We started the game really badly, giving Middlesbrough a goal. But because we kept pushing and pressing them we scored after nine minutes, and then went on to win the game.”
“But it’s not enough, it’s not the end of our season.” “We have six points to go for before then and I hope and believe we can get them.”
We noticed within a minute or so of the own goal Habib getting the ball and charging up the wing, and we thought he’s going to play even harder after the goal. Habib’s a good experienced player, and has a terrific fighting attitude, and that’s why the fans love him on Tynesdie.
You know, he’d make a terrific captain for the club.