Most Geordie supporters would blame Michael Owen for Newcastle United’s narrow defeat to Blackburn Rovers in the English Premier League on Saturday. After all, the England international striker was guilty of missing a plethora of chances for Newcastle in the match.
Now the culprit himself acknowledges his mistake but bleeds in optimism when he says that Newcastle wouldn’t be sucked to a relegation dogfight towards the end of the season. The former Liverpool striker says:
I was probably more worried about the situation after the Manchester United match.
That might sound stupid because we are three points nearer the relegation zone. But I am much more positive after this game than after the last couple of matches because we were conceding left, right and centre and not creating. But today we created a load of chances and I missed the majority of them.
I am used to handling pressure having played at the top level for quite a while. The missed chances were nothing to do with any pressure.
Brad Friedel made a couple of very good saves. If in a future game I got some of the chances I had on Saturday I would do the same again.
I won’t go to sleep tonight wondering if I should I have done this or that. That is the way I am. Some days you’re the hero, some days the villain. That’s what happens when you’re a striker.
We played well and it’s very disappointing to lose the game,” he said. “After the last couple of games – against Villa and United – we’ve walked off and not really had any positives to take out of it.
But today we gave ourselves something to build on. If we keep playing like that, we will definitely pick up more points than required.
Honest analysis really that confirms Michael Owen is one character who prefers to call a spade a spade. He doesn’t spare himself but also demonstrates his confidence in the team and (indirectly) in manager Kevin Keegan. It’s true that Newcastle are just too good to go down but they need to pull themselves together soon and more importantly take their chances in front of goal when they crop up.