Padawan Becomes the Master, Circle Is Complete
In his never ending bid to break into England’s World Cup squad, Michael Owen has turned to Wayne Rooney for advice. Owen is attempting to discover what exactly Fabio Capello expects of a striker whilst playing for England.
Now I’m not sure what exactly Roo-naldo told him, but anything along the lines of play a match each week and score a goal or two every now and then should be sufficient advice for Michael Owen. Rooney certainly has it covered, as evidenced by his quadruple against a hapless Hull.
It doesn’t take a mathematician to tell you why Owen isn’t in Fabio’s squad thus far. The veteran has only scored twice this season from 15 appearances, most of them from the bench.
It says a lot when David Beckham can confidently say he’s had more first team action than you, and unless Sir Alex gives his diminutive World Cup-aspiring star a place on the first team sheet a bit more frequently, expect Owen to be joining Bobby Zamora for a summer vacation in Bora Bora.
Sir Alex the Second
Ferguson of the Darren variety took charge for his first match at Deepdale since he was appointed manager of Preston. In an ironic twist of fate, Fergie Jr’s opponents were Chelsea, Fergie Sr’s least favourite team.
The newly deposed league leaders battered Preston for much of the first half before sitting on their two goal lead. With Preston knocked out, Fergie Jr showed the press just how UN-Fergie he is.
Darren Fergie: “It’s disappointing to go out of the cup."
Now we know Alex Fergie was not too upset to get booted out of the Race to Wembley (the Carling Cup is more of a sprint). Since Preston are not home and dry on the relegation front, Darren would do well to listen to Daddy and turn the wrath of his hairdryer upon the League.
Just to confirm, Preston do not get any Fergie Time. Just normal added-on time.
Brian Laws’ Burnely emulated Liverpool as they got knocked out of the Cup by Reading. He is only two games into his reign, but losing to a Championship team when you’re busy trying to prevent your club from becoming one is not a good start.
To be fair, Brian Laws put up his hand and admitted his side underperformed. However, he then went on to say something utterly perplexing.
Brian Laws: “The disappointing thing is that we were only three minutes from getting our first clean sheet in quite a while.”
Burnley fans, you heard it here first. Your Premier League manager went to a club struggling in the Championship, aiming to prevent his opponents from scoring. That’s like Manchester United saying they would be happy with a 0-0 draw at Hull.
Helpless Harry, Tottenham Fail Again
After a morale crushing defeat at Anfield only days ago, Tottenham hosted giant-killers Leeds United, hoping to get some satisfaction from ripping apart a League One side. Manager Harry Redknapp named his best 11, but even with the likes of Jermain Defoe (who had a penalty saved) and Peter Crouch, Leeds kept Spurs at bay.
Inexplicably, the 14 million pound substitute, the man who hated Spurs the most, Roman Pavyluchenko came off the bench to smash Tottenham into the lead. He had Harry jumping off his bench, though Harry did quickly calm down after realizing who scored the goal.
Despite that, a late penalty from Jermaine Beckford confirmed Robbie Keane will have to take his team to Elland Road, where I’m sure Keane will receive a warm welcome.
So after the match, what did Harry have to say about his Russian superstar who wants to leave?
Harry Redknapp: "Pav is here, he's part of the squad and if he plays like he did when he came on every week he will be in the team every week. There's nothing in the offing.”
Translation: No one’s willing to pay 14 million for him, so he’ll be sticking around.
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