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FA Carling Premiership AUGUST 30

Michael Owen

MICHAEL OWEN Hat-trick powers Liverpool over shaky Newcastle

Newcastle United (1) 1 Liverpool (4) 4
Guivarc`h 28 Owen 17, 19, 32
Berger 45

After all the highs of the past 72 hours on Tyneside and the hopes and dawn of
a new era and so on, those cliches and many others were swept aside from the
17th minute of this game as Liverpool tore the Newcastle defence apart and in
particular Micheal Owen who completed one of the quickest ever Premiership hat
trick and as far as I can recall THE quickest ever by an away player. It went
like this: 17 mins Newcastle fail to clear a free kick, Ince`s swerving shot
is kept out by Given but Owen`s volleyed follow up finds the corner despite a
fine attempt by Given to keep the rebound out. Two minutes later McManaman
feeds a superb through ball to Owen to slot past the Irish keeper. 32 mins and
one of those goals which leaves you breathless. Owen collects the ball in
midfield, runs at the defence, beats two players and scores with an arrogant
flick of the outside of his right boot for a 15 minute ha trick. On half time
Patrik Berger provided another solo goal as he beat one man before drilling
past Given. Amongst all this, Newcastle did find the net themselves, just
before Owen`s third when Babb was dis-possesed by Rob Lee who waited patiently
before finding debutant Givarc`h who scored off the post. It`s no exageration
to say Liverpool could have had double by the break, Owen could have scored
another two, Reidle flashed a header just over and Stuart Pearce made two last
ditch tackles to deny a goal attempt. Friedel was rarely in trouble at the
other end, Shearer headed over and Albert had a close range header straight at
the American keeper. The second half was unsurprisingly low key and goalless
with Newcastle creating a few oppotunities, notably a Stephen Glass header
which Freidel saved well, Dabizas was inches over with a header and late on
Guivarc`h drove high & wide after good work by the impressive Glass. Liverpool
could have added to their lead, Owen again called Given into action, Redknapp
had a shot just wide and McManaman`s deflected shot went just over. After this
game Ruud Gullit should have a better idea of what he needs to sort out

FA Carling Premiership AUGUST 29

Arsenal (0) 0     Charlton (0) 0
(Petit s/off 60)
Red card for Arsenal`s World Cup Final goal scorer as the Charlton bandwagon
rolls on. Three games, unbeaten with none conceaded, they play Man Utd next!!

Blackburn (1) 1   Leicester (0) 0
Gallagher 12
Kevin Davies left out and his replacement ended up scoring the winner.
Leicester had a last minute penalty appeal turned down.

Coventry (0) 0    West Ham (0) 0
Goalless at Highfield as Ian Wright showed he`s back to form and fitness with
a fine performance where he did everything but score.

Everton (0) 0     Spurs (1) 1
                  Ferdinand 5
Christian Gross keeps his job for another week as Walter Smith becomes the
latest boss under pressure. Les Ferdinand`s early goal eases the pressure for
Spurs as they win a fine game.

Middlesbro (0) 1  Derby (1) 1
Ricard 48         Wanchope 30
Honours even at the Riverside as the home side came from behind to grab a
point. Gazza come close to winning it with a free kick that struck the post.

Sheff Wed (0) 0   Aston Villa (1) 1
                  Joachim 37
Villa are obviously missing Yorke, two wins out of two since he left and
Julian Joachim has scored in them both. Wednesday are the latest club to be
consistantly inconsistant.

Southampton (0) 1 Nottm Forest (0) 2
Le Tissier 90 (p) Darchville 51
                  Stone 68
Good away win for Forest as Saints are now bottom with no points. A late Le
Tissier penalty was no consolation to the earlier Forest strikes.

Wimbledon (0) 1   Leeds United (0) 1
Hughes 72         Bowyer 61
Two superb goals at Selhurst as both sides remain unbeaten.

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