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Last Updated: Monday, 19 September 2005, 05:35 GMT 06:35 UK
Owen says Premiership has changed
Michael Owen
Newcastle striker Michael Owen fears that the style of football in the Premiership may make goalscoring tough for him this season.

Owen, 25, found the net in Sunday's win over Blackburn but said: "It is quite tight, there is not as much attacking and it is difficult to score a goal.

"It is a slightly different Premiership I have come back to from Spain.

"Early indications this year are that there have not been so many Premiership goals - maybe that is of some concern."

Former Liverpool star Owen, who returned from Real Madrid to the Premiership at the end of August, scored the second goal in Newcastle's 3-0 win at Blackburn, with Alan Shearer and Charles N'Zogbia also earning a place on the scoresheet.

I'm confident about scoring goals in whatever team I play in
Michael Owen
But the England striker was more satisfied with helping Newcastle secure their first Premiership win in six attempts this season than scoring his first goal for the Magpies.

"The goal wasn't a relief at all," he added.

"I am confident about scoring goals in whatever team I play in - I've done it all my life, so I am not relieved to get off the mark at all.

"But I am relieved to get the first three points of the season, so it is a big relief to get off the mark in that sense."

The win also seems to have reduced the pressure on manager Graeme Souness but the under-fire coach shrugged off suggestions that his Newcastle future had been made more secure.

He said: "Security is not something that goes hand in hand with football management and that is a word I have never used and never will.

"We are at a big football club and we have to be in the top half of the table. We spent a lot of money this year and I have said all along I want to be judged on what happens on the pitch.

"It means I will be more pleasant around my family but the pressure starts again when we come in for training and build up to the Manchester City game."


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