Lovenkrands Not Used To Fighting Relegation

It seems like all the Newcastle players are coming out today and saying how things are going to be just fine, after the disaster that was our game at Bolton on Sunday.


Peter Lovenkrands – we’ll be just fine

Fighting relegation is a new experience for Peter Lovenkrands going into Newcastle United’s daunting home game with mighty Manchester United tomorrow night. He spent 6 seasons at Rangers of  course so he was always challenging for the league title with the Scottish side.

The Danish International tasted defeat for the very first time for Newcastle at Bolton Wanderers, after we had gained 5 points in our last 3 games, before Sunday’s defeat.

But it appears that Peter is far from convinced that Newcastle are going down to the Championship, as he told the Evening Chronicle today:

“I’ve never been involved in a relegation battle, and it’s a tough experience.” “Given the size of the club, it’s difficult to believe Newcastle are where they are.”

“But we just need to be positive and believe in our own game.”

“We need to get as many points on the board as we can over the next few games. ” “It’s going to be tough, but not impossible.”

Lovenkrands isn’t used to battling the drop, but he has played against Manchester United before, while he was on Rangers’ books:

“We played against them in the Champions League.” “We lost 1-0 at home, and we should have won the game, and lost 3-0 at Old Trafford, when we didn’t really have any chances.”

“We know they’re a good side, and this season they’ve been tremendous.” “It’s going to be difficult, but, for me, it’s exciting to play a team like that at St James’.”

“I just hope we come away with some points.” “We just need to dig deep and go in believing we can do it.”

“I think we can get something out of it if we just focus on our game.”

After the disappointing result and display at the Reebok Stadium on Sunday , Lovenkrands said:

“Looking over the Bolton game, we didn’t have many chances.”

“In the second half they came out and scored a quick goal, but I don’t think it was a fair result in the end if you look at the amount of pressing we did.”

“We should have at least taken a draw out of it.” “We worked hard to get back into it, but we didn’t get what we came for, so it was very disappointing.”

It’s difficult to see how we can get any points out of the game tomorrow night, but football can be strange game.

It will need Chris Hughton, Colin Calderwood, or even Joe Kinnear to get the lads inspired before tomorrow night’s game, then anything will be possible.

Even if somebody like Alan Shearer could come in, before the game, and give one of his little speeches, that would help.

But a defeat tomorrow night, and we will just have to being in an experienced manager, and hope they can get the job done, however much that will upset Hughton.

Otherwise this will be a very sorry season for Newcastle United.

Comments welcome.

38 comments so far

  • hitman

    Mar 3, 2009 at 12:52 PM

    Comment #1

    here better get used to it if he plans on staying at the toon.

  • Nick D

    Mar 3, 2009 at 1:03 PM

    Comment #2

    Have to say Lovenkrands, Nolan and Taylor haven’t exactly covered themselves in glory yet.
    Really worried if Kinnear is here for another 2 years
    It would be ironic if Joe the dinosaur tells Hughton to finally play Lua Lua and Ranger by default because he’s run out of the older players who as someone said on on a previous blog, have let us down time and again.

    It makes me laugh when Butt says we’re not too good to go down. No shit Sherlock !! Butt says a lot of things like Steven Taylor. Wish the pair of them would just shut up.

  • Nick D

    Mar 3, 2009 at 1:11 PM

    Comment #3

    I think short term Houllier, with next season Di Matteo or Martinez with Houllier going upstairs to replace Wise.

    Jol and Ranieri would be good but are currently contracted. I think Houllier is available now though.

  • RyanToon

    Mar 3, 2009 at 1:20 PM

    Comment #4

    peter lovenkrands signed for the toon and were going dooon peter lovenkrands

  • Zangwill_Ho

    Mar 3, 2009 at 1:21 PM

    Comment #5

    No Butt and Ameobi, Newcastle United will win tomorrow!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Win Win Win !!Support!!!!!!!! Positive thinking!

  • cashleyout

    Mar 3, 2009 at 1:25 PM

    Comment #6

    get a perm manager in now and get shot of those useless clown ch and cc! i agree with nick d houllier sounds good.

  • sirjasontoon

    Mar 3, 2009 at 1:26 PM

    Comment #7

    Peter aint used to relegation battles?

    He wasn’t even use to playing football til he came here.

    Bored of all the drivel that’s keep coming from the toon.

    All I want is a fighting spirt…something along the lines of going down with a big BANG.

    Dreading this run in we have…each one is like a punch in the guts.

  • Kash

    Mar 3, 2009 at 1:32 PM

    Comment #8

    I’ve been reading a few reports on GOAL.COM. I read one abour Spurs looking to offload players including Bentley, Bent, Huddlestone and Hutton. Another report about Carew falling out with Martin O’Neill, who most likely will leave as heskey was signed to replace him.

    I don’t know about you guys, but depending on the prices put onto the above mentioned players, all of them would greatly improve our squad in positions we need such players!

    I’d take them depending on the following prices:

    Hutton RB – Quality player and would rather have him for £6m than Ebondo!

    Huddlestone DM – At least he can pass unlike Butt. Classy player and would be well worth anything under £3m

    Bentley RM – No doubt he has ability to match his ego. But if he can be bought for around £6m, then take him and play him!

    Carew ST – Monster and wouldn’t cost more than a few million.

    Bent ST – Had his ups and downs at Spurs, but still manages to score goals. Plays similar to Owen, very reliant on service, but will get goals. If the price is right then get him, but not more than £6m.

    With Owen, Viduka, Shola most likely leaving then the 2 striker would be amazing acquisitions. But Bentley, Huddlestone and Hutton are the type of players we’re crying out for. We need players like them!!!!



  • Brutooon

    Mar 3, 2009 at 1:36 PM

    Comment #9

    like what KASH said, we need to avoid relegation FIRST.

    Play Ranger and Lua Lua tomorrow cos it doesnt matter….we will lose.

    If Smith+Ameobi played, we would play like a 9 players match. Smith (simple can’t run,can’t pass, can’t do anything). Ameobi (lazy,big lad but always can defend the ball against small defenders,always commit fouls and always complaining….AND he think he is still a “young” player..)

  • hitman

    Mar 3, 2009 at 1:36 PM

    Comment #10

    ashley would not spend that kind of money.

  • bennytoon

    Mar 3, 2009 at 1:38 PM

    Comment #12

    Dont worry Peter. Next season you will be battling it out for the league. League 1.

    Kash- you have no chance of signing the spurs players you mention. Bentley still thinks he should be playing in the champs league even though he is shit. His ego wouldnt allow him to join a smaller club. As for huddlestone being bought for under 3 million. surely you are having a laugh. Try 7-8.

  • Kash

    Mar 3, 2009 at 1:41 PM

    Comment #13

    I can only hope that our lineup tomorrow is similar to this:

    Taylor Colo Bassong Enrique
    Taylor Geremi Smith Jonas
    Martins Viduka

    At least Geremi can pass, Taylor can cross and Jonas can defend. Smith will just have to run around and rugby tackle players.

    I wouldn’t want any of the youngsters to be thrown into tomorrows match!

  • hitman

    Mar 3, 2009 at 1:42 PM

    Comment #14

    benny get a grip lad..a few goals diffrence seperates newcastle and spurs,nothing to really come on here and brag about is it.

  • Kash

    Mar 3, 2009 at 1:42 PM

    Comment #15

    @Benny – I suggested they’re players we’re crying out for! I read a report that Fulham had bid for Huddlestone in January, and a fee in the region of £3m had been mooted. I’m just carrying that forward. Classy player nonetheless!

  • bennytoon

    Mar 3, 2009 at 1:52 PM

    Comment #16

    Anyone had a go at this. i had hull, west brom and boro to go down. newcastle were 15 and 2 points of the drop.spurs were 11th. villa finish 4th , 2 points ahead of arsenal


    Mar 3, 2009 at 1:54 PM

    Comment #17

    I dont see any transfer money coming from the current regime-the team needs investment-16m minimum+sales and i just see nothing but another struggle if we survive this one.
    Any decent players are not going to buy into Ashleys lets wait 5 years idea.

  • bennytoon

    Mar 3, 2009 at 1:54 PM

    Comment #18

    kash- he is very lazy and not what you are crying out for. I hope we offload him in the summer as he has had enough chances and he doesnt pull his weight.

    Hitman – after tomorrow night we will be 3 points ahead of you with a game in hand. And a vastly superior goal difference.

  • hitman

    Mar 3, 2009 at 2:14 PM

    Comment #19

    benny you have to win the game first,thats not a givin you winning,ya deluded.

  • hitman

    Mar 3, 2009 at 2:16 PM

    Comment #20

    anyways benyon the test i got,portsmouth,stoke,west brom going down,and arsenal piping villa by one point for fourth

  • RyanToon

    Mar 3, 2009 at 2:22 PM

    Comment #21

    man utd 1st
    chelsea 2nd
    liverpool 3rd
    aston villa 4th
    arsenal 5th
    everton 6th
    man city 7th
    west ham 8th
    wigan 9th
    bolton 10th
    fulham 11th
    newcastle 12th
    tottenham 13th
    sunderland 14th
    portsmouth 15th
    blackburn 16th
    hull 17th
    stoke 18th
    middlesbrough 19th
    westbrom 20th

    thats what my predictor ended up like

  • bennytoon

    Mar 3, 2009 at 2:26 PM

    Comment #22

    hitman- wher did you lot finish when you did it

  • hitman

    Mar 3, 2009 at 2:28 PM

    Comment #23


  • murphy

    Mar 3, 2009 at 2:32 PM

    Comment #24

    Anyone know when the rest of our squad are likley to be fit?

    Owen – Hull?
    Barton – chelsea?
    Beye – Chelsea?
    Guthrie – Arsenal?
    Duff – Hull?

  • murphy

    Mar 3, 2009 at 2:35 PM

    Comment #25

    My predictor ended with us on 38 points and going down with Hull and westbrom. Although Blackburn ended up in 12th so it might not have been that accurate!

  • workyticket

    Mar 3, 2009 at 2:37 PM

    Comment #26

    cashleyout // Feb 12, 2009 at 9:20 PM

    “if kinnear DOES come back and if the pressure gets to him again next season, what do we do if he has another heart attack?”

    cashleyout // Mar 3, 2009 at 1:25 PM

    “… i agree with nick d houllier sounds good.”

    Mmm, so you’re worried about Kinnear’s heart cashleyout, yet you want to bring in Houllier, who has had worse heart problems than Joe?


    Mar 3, 2009 at 3:00 PM

    Comment #27

    let the kids have a go. what have we got to lose?

  • Ashley Hole

    Mar 3, 2009 at 3:14 PM

    Comment #28

    Rio Vidic

    Rooney Berbatov

    + few fresh player…do we have chance??….


  • Mag 48

    Mar 3, 2009 at 3:53 PM

    Comment #29

    “We need to get as many points on the board as possable in the next few games?”Is’nt that what its all about all of the time?Why the hell do they need someone to inspire them Get out there and earn your Bloody!! money and high life styles Thats directed at management and players alike We supporters will do our bit as we always do and pay for the privilige

  • Nick D

    Mar 3, 2009 at 4:02 PM

    Comment #30

    I think what is so sickening is that some of our players are probably on more money or parity than some of the man u ones, but not one of our players would get in their team.

    I would play the kids as they don’t have the fear factor of their gutless elders who will just go through the motions.

    Houllier would NOT be long ball, offsides, dirty,
    poor tactics, poor subs, no plan B, no youth players etc. Houllier is a giant compared to
    Kinnear, though yes he did have heart problems a long time ago but since then he has won loads at lyon and the football has been great to
    Kinnear is 10th rate, has never won anything and his so called football stinks. he is a poor man’s Allardyce. How bad is that !!!

  • workyticket

    Mar 3, 2009 at 4:44 PM

    Comment #31

    “Kinnear is 10th rate, has never won anything and his so called football stinks. he is a poor man’s Allardyce. How bad is that !!! ”

    Yes I know Nick, you’ve read the back pages of a few newspapers, looked at a few football websites, seen something about Bobby Gould’s ‘long ball’ Wimbledon side and you think you know more about football than Rinus Michels. Dream on.

    Kinnear doesn’t really use long ball tactics and his Wimbledon side shocked many with the quality of their passing game once he’d worked with them for a while. That wasn’t what he was trying to do with Newcastle either until he was so rudely interrupted. Go and learn a bit more about the game for yourself instead of repeating secondhand drivel.

  • JonnyNufc

    Mar 3, 2009 at 5:23 PM

    Comment #32

    Worky, you can have no excuses for a man who has several times this season chosen to make 88th or 90th + minute substitutions in games where we have seriously needed to change things up early as we were on the back foot or losing already.

    I have seen no evidence this season, in our passing, or long ball games OR DEFENCE (that he supposedly works on more days than not) that anything has improved under kinnear what so ever. We are one of the worst teams at defending in the entire league.

    Kinnear is not up to it, wake up.

  • Nick D

    Mar 3, 2009 at 6:54 PM

    Comment #33


    Fine mate if you just want to abuse people who don’t happen to agree with you. Actually my football knowledge is pretty good thankyou all the same.

    I suggest you are the blinkered one, unlike you, obviously some of us can think for ourselves, having watched this drivel for more seasons than I care to remember.

    But if you are happy with Kinnear, they say ignorance is bliss.

  • mcvicar

    Mar 3, 2009 at 9:05 PM

    Comment #34

    hi everyone im new on here but ive been reading your comments for a weeks just didn’t know how to register until now. Just hope the lads can put in a good performance against manu and CH can put out a team that can at least battle hard and try and prove they arent guttless

  • cashley_out

    Mar 4, 2009 at 2:16 PM

    Comment #35

    this should be are line up i think so




    j.guttierez——— p.lovenkr


    subs:foster/krul? capaca viduka ameobie carrowl butt (if he is fit) lualua edgar

  • cashley_out

    Mar 4, 2009 at 2:18 PM

    Comment #36

    i did it wrong lol loven and gut are wingers

  • cashley_out

    Mar 4, 2009 at 2:19 PM

    Comment #37

    we need a point aginst the champs

  • Tom_Toon

    Mar 4, 2009 at 3:33 PM

    Comment #38


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