Owen Success With New Role!

Last updated : 25 March 2008 By Footy Mad - Editor
Owen: "I am really enjoying it. Obviously, it was tough at the start - just the same as it was for the manager.

"The boss came in and appointed me, and we almost started new roles together. It was a tough assignment straight away with Arsenal away twice and, since then, Liverpool and Manchester United.

"We've had some tough games, but the victory over Fulham was the manager's first win, and my first win as captain.

"It is a monkey off our backs, so to speak. We had a tough start with the fixtures, but now, hopefully, we can go on a little run.

"When you are getting beaten and lacking confidence, you tend to have more meetings.

"When you're winning, you don't want to touch anything. We've had our fair share of chats over the weeks, and we've set some goals.

"We knew this was a big week. We felt we needed a minimum of four points out of our last two games, and before the game I just reminded everyone that we had got one point from Birmingham City, and got half the job done. This was a tougher job.

"You could sense the relief, not only among the fans, but also the players, staff and everyone.

"When you win like this, it's a cracking feeling. You can go home for a meal with the missus and not go to bed with a sore head.

"Obviously, we had a bit of a game plan. We were at home, and we wanted to ask questions of Fulham.

"It was similar to Birmingham away, but it was the other way around.

"For the first 20-25 minutes I thought we were fantastic.

"We scored a goal, created a few chances, and I should have scored with a header.

"Then they got a foothold in the game, and that's often the way.

"The second half was a bit better, but we're not by any means playing to our capabilities.

"Two-nil was a great result, and we don't care how we play as long as we get results like that."