Peter Lovenkrands says that Newcastle United’s players were completely unaffected by the Keegan – Ashley tribunal result that burst onto the scene on Friday afternoon.
Peter Lovenkrands – we were so unlucky
There had been some negative reaction from Newcastle fans about the state of morass at the club, when Kevin Keegan had to leave a year ago, and the fact that Ashley and the board had in fact lied to Newcastle fans and others that Kevin had the last say on transfers – since that was blatantly untrue, as pointed out clearly by the PL tribunal.
Lovenkrands thinks it was just bad luck and poor refereeing that led to Newcastle’s failure to score for the first time in a league game this season.
Peter said today:
“It was unbelievably frustrating,”
“We dominated the game and had numerous chances. We just couldn’t put them away. You get games like this, they come around once in a while.”
“No matter how many chances you have, you just can’t put one of them away. It hit the crossbar, the post, the goalie got in the way, all sorts.”
“The Keegan thing had no effect on us, though. I don’t think anyone has even mentioned anything about it in the dressing room.”
“I know it’s been all over the papers up here, but none of the boys are interested in it. We don’t sit around talking about it. It’s not affected us at all. We have a strong dressing room. “
“There has been so much going on at the club, but we don’t focus on these things. We just focus on the things we have to do out on the pitch. We haven’t thought about it at all.”
Although Newcastle have now dropped four points in their last two home games, the lead at the top of the table remains at three points.
But that’s really not the way we should look at it – we should challenge ourselves to get as many points as we can – and not pay too much attention about how the other teams are doing. Let’s try to break the record for the number of points in one season in the Championship.
If we consider other teams then Cardiff City for one gained 4 pints on us in the last week, and that could count in the long run. We cannot just talk about the teams close to us because other teams could be moving up too.
But best for the team to try to win every single game, and while there will be games like last Saturday, those cannot be too many in number if we are to gain automatic promotion.
Newcastle hit the woodwork three times against Bristol City and were denied an obvious penalty when Harewood was brought down in the area by Jamie McCombe.
“We have to take it on the chin. We’ve kept another clean sheet, it’s another point and we’re still three points clear at the top of the table. We need to be positive and look at that. We played well and we need to take that on when we start again after the international break.”
“There were a couple of penalty shouts as well. But we can’t really say too much about the referee. They have bad days as well. We were just unlucky he didn’t see these things and give the decisions that should have been given.”
“The one on Marlon Harewood, I didn’t see it at the time, but the boys have said it was a stonewall penalty. It’s a shame we didn’t get that one.”
“I had a shot near the end that the guy blocked with his arm as well, so we could have been given that one as well. The referee was right next to me.”
“It’s one of those things. We just need to be positive and look at the fact we played well. We’ve dropped four points at home, which isn’t ideal, but we’re still feeling positive because we are playing well and we’re top of the table.”
“After a game like this it is frustrating, but in the next match we might have five shots and score four of them.”
“This was just one of those games and we will move on. It’s better to create a lot of chances than none. We’re not too downhearted.”
“It was great to get a start. I’ve been playing well in training and I thought me and Marlon linked up well and caused them a lot of problems. It was a positive for me to get a start and I’m getting my fitness back.”
During the International break it’s time to regroup, and get our injured players – Coloccini and Enrique – fit again for th next game on Oct 17th at Nottingham Forest.
It was good to see Ryan Taylor seemingly fit again, and Ryan can be important for us this season given his ability to play many positions, and fire home those free kicks! And it’s good to know Danny Simpson can play both sides as full back too!!
If we cannot win all our games at home we’re going to have to be that much better on the road so we must aim for 6 points in our next two games at Forest and Scunthorpe United.
We can still do it!
Howay The Lads!!
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