Newcastle United striker and captain Michael Owen’s frank confession that the players are in state of chilling anxiety and nervousness ahead of their home match against Blackburn Rovers in the Premiership is all for you to read here:
Confidence isn’t at its best. There is nervousness throughout the side. We need a win and the sooner the better. As soon as we get that I think confidence will come flooding back.We’ve got an awful lot of games left and we aren’t in the relegation zone at the moment. We’re not at panic stations but we are obviously well aware we need to get a result – and fast. This game against Blackburn on Saturday is one you look at and think Newcastle at home should be getting something out of it.
Manager Kevin Keegan took in charge in January and in the 6 matches since, he has failed to gear his side to any win. The Geordies have sunk to the relegation mire and Owen’s admission that there is nervousness is certainly a vivid portrayal of the dilapidated side lacking in confidence and self-conviction.
May God help them. Amen.