Owen hits back at Toon fans

The 31-year-old, who spent four years on Tyneside after a club

record £16million move from Real Madrid, received a hostile

welcome as he was introduced as an 80th-minute replacement for Nani

during Tuesday night’s 0-0 Premier League draw on Tyneside.

Responding to the boos via his Twitter account, he said: “Got a

poor reception off the home fans which was disappointing. Was

desperate to score!” He added: “Knew I would get booed as that’s

what a lot of fans do, but if they knew the facts, then they may

have a different opinion.” Owen, who earned £103,000 a week

during his injury-plagued time with the Magpies, left in the wake

of the club’s relegation to the Championship at the end of the

2008-09 campaign. He defended himself amid further criticism in a

series of later posts. The striker said: “From what most of you

Newcastle fans are saying, you should be pleased I left the club!

If I had known that earlier I could have left sooner! “For the

record, I tried my best in every game for Newcastle. Under KK

[Kevin Keegan], I played well and I’ll never forget the 2 I scored

against Sunderland. “When I meet Newcastle or Liverpool fans, they

all respect what I’ve done for their clubs. In stadiums it changes,

1 boo and the rest follow. “By the way, I’m not looking for

sympathy. As long as my family don’t boo me when I walk through the

door, I couldn’t care less!!!”