Newcastle striker Peter Lovenkrands scored another important goal for Newcastle last night, when he accepted a gift from Manchester United goalkeeper Edwin van der Sar, after just 9 minutes play.
Edwin van der Sar – bad mistake last night
The 29-year-old Dane, who signed on a free transfer in January, opened the scoring at St James’ Park against the European and World Club Champions, after the Dutch goalkeeper amazingly fumbled a weak shot from Argentine winger Jonas Gutierrez.
But in the slippery conditions Peter still did well to accept the chance, and he steered the ball nicely into the net to put the Magpies one up, to thunderous roars from a packed St. James’ Park crowd.
And Peter became the first player in 1,311 minutes of Premier League action to score past the 38-year-old Dutch goalkeeper, although he didn’t know that at the time.
The Red Devils did come back to win the game 2-1 with goals from Wayne Rooney and Dimitar Berbatov to spoil the former Rangers man’s night, in what was an important game for Newcastle.
But the Magpies slipped even further into the relegation quagmire with this defeat, and have taken just 6 points from the last 10 league games.
Peter told Ekstra Bladet after the game:
“Normally a quality keeper holds that shot,” “But the ball got away from him and the trick is to be in the right place at the right time.”
“I didn’t know that my goal ended Van der Sar’s streak and record. But it is hard to be happy on personal success when the team didn’t get any points.”
Peter has a contract until the end of the season, but more goals like this one and we will almost certainly get an extended deal in the summer, as the Danish International looks class, and has shown he has an eye for goal, which the Magpies need right now.
As a free signing he’s certainly been worth the money, that’s for sure, and we look forward to Lovenkrands getting an extended contract in the summer.
Newcastle will have won their battle for survival in the Premier League by then – we hope.