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By ESPN Staff
Apr 20, 2008

Owen play waiting game on new contract

Michael Owen scored both goals in Newcastle's 2-0 derby victory against local rivals Sunderland but was cagey about his future at St James' Park afterwards. The England striker headed his side in front with just four minutes gone, and then converted a 45th-minute penalty after Danny Higginbotham had been penalised for handball. Asked about his future and discussions about extending his stay at the club - which has been hampered by injuries - Owen indicated he wanted to stay but stopped short of committing himself. 'In doing my skipper's notes in the programme I stated that to the fans,' he told Sky Sports 1. 'Talks haven't begun yet, the manager has pulled me to one side and said he wanted me to stay and the club would be in touch soon and that's where we stand. 'I haven't spoken to the club yet but obviously I would think in the close season then maybe they will approach me or my advisor.' Owen admitted luck was on his side when his penalty squeezed beyond Craig Gordon, and thoroughly enjoyed his first taste of victory in the Tyne-Wear derby. 'I've only played in one (derby) before due to horrendous luck with injuries in my time here and that was a draw at the Stadium of Light, so it's great to get the victory here,' he said. As for the penalty, the England striker added: 'I was going to place it but Joey (Barton) put a seed of doubt in my mind, he said `blast it, he'll go early'. 'So I blasted it and it went a bit too low but sneaked in and when you are confident and your luck is going for you, these things happen. 'I'm obviously very happy.'