Owen: One win is all Toon need to revive

February 29, 2008

Newcastle captain Michael Owen admits there is 'nervousness throughout the side' but believes one result will set Kevin Keegan's reign off and running.

Former England manager Keegan returned to St James' Park in January following Sam Allardyce's brief but unsatisfactory stint at the helm but he is winless in six matches.

And Owen, who had a mixed relationship with Keegan at international level, concedes the players are suffering from a lack of self-belief.

The 28-year-old striker knows the Magpies need to get back to winning ways soon and is sure three points against Blackburn on Saturday would go a long way to restoring some of the shattered morale.

Owen told BBC Radio Five Live: '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.'

He added: '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.'