Peter Lovenkrands scored a great goal last night after 9 minutes, when all he did was poke the ball into the empty net after Edwin van der Sar, had made a terrible goalkeeping mess, by spilling a Gutierrez shot at the Dane’s feet.
Peter Lovenkrands – good goal last night
But how many times do you see goalkeepers get away with those mistakes?
But Peter was following up and in the right place at the right time, and scored what looked like an an easy goal for his second strike for Newcastle, and it was in another vital game for the side.
Look for Peter to be in most of the starting line-ups, during the run-in, because this lad looks like a natural goalscorer.
And Oba Martins had a great chance to make it 2-0 before Sir Alex Ferguson’s side hit back to claim all three points, after a bad mistake from Steven Taylor let Berbatov in during the second half, for their winning goal, another thing we just cannot afford in these games.
Hughton is aware that the team has a tough run of fixtures ahead of them and the fact we have 6 points form our last 10 games means if we continue this form we’ll end up with 34 points and be relegated – that’s the simple mathematics of our current form, which just must get better.
But Hughton insists:
“It’s vital that we put on that type of performance right through to the end of the season.”
“I was delighted with the performance. In the form that Manchester United are in, to be able in a lot of periods of the game to take the game to them, take the lead and go very close to getting a second speaks volumes for this group of players.
“We need to take that type of form and that type of quality into our next games to give us a good chance in what will be a very hard end to the season.”
“I’m sure most people will have felt that once they got back on level terms it was only a matter of time before they got the second, and arguably a third.”
“But we got ourselves straight back into the game and caused them a lot of problems, and unfortunately gave away a poor goal.”
It’s a very dangerous pastime to say how good we were last night and if we continue that form we’ll be OK. This is no criticism at all of Chris, because that’s what he has to say , and stay positive with his players – and that’s vital our players stay up for the fight.
The truth of the matter however, is whether we played good or terrible last night, the likelihood was that we would have lost to a better side. And next time out against Hull City will be be as good as we were last night? Probably not, and that’s the big concern.
We cannot just give of our best form against the great sides, and sit back and wallow in how we could have got something out of the game.
What we should do is to look at the games we should be winning, against the lesser sides like Hull City, and ensure we play at our best in those games.
A case in point was last Sunday at Bolton, a game we could (should) have won, but for whatever reason, we were nowhere near as good as we were last night – if we had been we would have won.
Only then will we escape from relegation, and it’s usually a false dawn when we play very well against the top sides.
The players just have to get themselves inspired to play well in the crunch games, and they are not against the Chelseas, Arsenals and Manchester Uniteds of this league – but are against teams like Hull and Stoke.
It’s not glamorous but that’s the truth, unfortunately.