MICHAEL OWEN is hoping his 150th Premier League goal will ignite his Stoke City career… and subsequently help him make a big contribution to the Potters cause in the second-half of the campaign.
The England international forward netted City’s consolation goal in the 3-1 defeat to Swansea City last Saturday, his first strike for the Potters in only his fifth league appearance since signing on a free transfer in the autumn.
It helped him become only the seventh player in the Premier League’s history to reach the goalscoring milestone, but Owen insists he’s focussed on the future rather than the past.
“It’s obviously nice to do it, I did fear that I would never get there!” he said.
“You do worry and think that it just isn’t meant to be, but thankfully I got there and it is another good achievement for me. It was a nice way to score my first goal for the Club, in certain ways.
“It is now just a question of me doing well, training well and then taking the chance in the team when it comes along. Hopefully, the second half of the season can be a lot better for me.”
The 33-year-old admits the recent form of Kenwyne Jones, and the fact that the Potters have often opted for just one striker this season, has made it difficult for him to break into the team.
“I have slipped a little down the pecking order in many respects with Kenwyne’s recent form, and the way Peter (Crouch) started the season,” he added.
“You do worry a little bit that you won’t make the impact that you want to. As I said though, I am there now and hopefully I can build upon that.”
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