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Michael Owen posted his highest score of the season in the Actim Index, the official player ratings system of the Barclays Premier League, by helping Newcastle United to a derby victory over Sunderland.

The 28-year-old England international took his tally for the season to 12 with a fine double as the Magpies finally ended their fears of being dragged into the closing stages of the relegation dogfight.

Owen also contributed 15 passes and two dribbles in registering 46 points, which was the second-highest individual score of the round and enough to be in the Team of the Week.

Owen is the leading Newcastle player in the Index, sitting 62nd with 338 points while Steven Taylor (321) and Nicky Butt (296) are also in the top 100, sitting 74th and 90th respectively.

Analysis of all Premier League games is taking place throughout the season and the players in the Actim Index Team of the Week are:

Name Team Position Weekly Score

Jose Reina, Liverpool, Goalkeeper, 24
Gary Cahill, Bolton Wanderers, Defender, 36
Andy O`Brien, Bolton Wanderers, Defender, 25
Tyrone Mears, Derby County, Defender, 22
Kolo Toure, Arsenal, Defender, 21
Jermaine Pennant, Liverpool, Midfielder, 44
Gilberto Silva, Arsenal, Midfielder, 32
Gavin McCann, Bolton Wanderers, Midfielder, 31
Michael Essien, Chelsea, Midfielder, 30
Ashley Young, Aston Villa, Striker, 67
Michael Owen, Newcastle United, Striker, 46

The Actim Index is calculated using a unique mathematical formula that rates each player`s contribution be it goals, shots, passes, dribbles, tackles, crosses, saves, clearances, blocks, interceptions, assists, clean sheets, time on the pitch or number of points gained by the team with marks deducted for red and yellow cards.

Writer:Site Staff
Date:Tuesday April 22 2008
Time: 5:36PM

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