Newcastle's Owen puts hands up to scattergun performance

Michael Owen put his hands up for his prolificacy after Newcastle United's defeat to Blackburn Rovers on Saturday.

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He said: "It was a cruel end. We had plenty of chances, myself being the main culprit.

"I probably had more chances in that game then I have in the last 10, so it is frustrating not to get one and frustrating not to get at least a draw. We deserved to win.

"But there are positives even though we are nearer the relegation zone now and we have lost another game.

"Everyone was far happier after this game than they have been after the last couple of games.

"After Manchester United and Aston Villa, there really was little to take out of the game, but on Saturday, we played really well and I blame myself for not converting any."

Owen added: "We have played well under the new manager is spells, but that is the first game where we have really played well for the whole game, so we will take the positives out of that."

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