Lovenkrands – We Were So Unlucky

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.

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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.

Lovenkrands continued:

“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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17 comments so far

  • Toon Chicken

    Oct 5, 2009 at 10:06 AM

    Comment #1

    If only some of the mob would take a leaf out of the player’s books.

    Let the messiah go, please. He is damaged goods.

  • dave 1961

    Oct 5, 2009 at 10:07 AM

    Comment #2

    just hope its a blip and not the start of a free fall

  • dave 1961

    Oct 5, 2009 at 10:08 AM

    Comment #3

    and who would the damaged goods be?

  • punk skunk...

    Oct 5, 2009 at 10:13 AM

    Comment #4

    We hit the woodwork several times, their goalie played a blinder & the ref skanked us again!..
    …One of them games!..

    …Don’t see why it has to be the beginnin’ of the end like!..

  • G

    Oct 5, 2009 at 10:18 AM

    Comment #5

    This was just one of those games where the ball will not go in the net. They happen, but some games you just have to accept we are scoreless. I would say we were better value for money in the 2nd half of the game, in the first half it was fairly even, whilst we deserved to win it overall, I accept a point is a fair result. Well done to thier keeper mind… Shoot the ref!


    Oct 5, 2009 at 11:08 AM

    Comment #6

    i agree skunk, it happens… chelsea lost to wigan, manure drew against the scum at home

    i could undertsand some of these threads if we’d lost major gorund agains those teams around us, but we havent, Ed, were not going to win every game, not close, if we’re lucky we’ll come out on top this season, if we’re lucky

    people are already thinking we should rightly walk this league… your bonkers.

    its been well said that every team will want our scalp, a few of them are going to have it and i’m sorry, we cnat consider any team a lesser opponent than us, thats just arrogance and pride comes before a fall.

    we’re still unbeaten at home, we’ve stil lgot superior GD and we’re 3 points clear… some of you lot want the moon on a stick to boot!!

  • dave 1961

    Oct 5, 2009 at 11:23 AM

    Comment #7

    i know plenty of people that would like my scalp, but the only way they would get it was if i was to give it to them, our last 6 games is not promotion form, in fact its nearer relegation, we need a permanent manager now, we cant just leave it to chance, we have played poor most of the season, OK we have got good results, is this by skill of Chris or just down to good fortune, i think the latter. how long do we wait until the last 8 games again, this just seems another Ashley gamble we are going to loose.

  • punk skunk...

    Oct 5, 2009 at 11:41 AM

    Comment #8

    Ta DJM,
    Yes mate, some do want the moon on a stick too, but i suspect that that still wouldn’t garner full support!..A bitter indictment!..
    …We really need to stop all this: we were lucky, when were NUFC EVER lucky?..
    …I get it, we can get lucky when we win, but we can’t possibly be unlucky when we draw…Oh dear!..
    …Most teams in this league see playin’ at SJP as a step up, a big game, a cup final…Go out & express yourselves lads, no-one will cane you if you get beat, type of game…Therefore, they put it all in on a great pitch, where they can actually play some football unhindered by the usual pitfalls…Add to that, the fact that we never seem to get ‘homer’ refs(unlike other teams)…


    Oct 5, 2009 at 11:43 AM

    Comment #9

    dave, sorry, you really come across as a bit of an idiot, well, the majority of an idiot

    were seeing the best form we’ve had in ten years+ and you’re already hitting the panic button

    you are prime prima donna material

    if you saw the match against bristol, we were al over them, unfortunately, things didnt fall our way, on another day that would’ve been 4-0


  • punk skunk...

    Oct 5, 2009 at 11:45 AM

    Comment #10

    chilax…Excellent!.. 🙂

  • dave 1961

    Oct 5, 2009 at 12:05 PM

    Comment #11

    i don’t know anyone who was at the game thought anything other than we were poor it was only Bristol city for gods sake, and if they can raise their game why cant we raise ours, these point made are complete rubbish, OK you can always get a game where nothing goes your way, but over 90 minutes we were poor, and i cant see us staying at the top with the setup we have, what i’m saying is its now time to put a permanent manager in place, as we have now started rocking & how long do we wait before acting, too many that get on this site have the old 1970 British layland mentality, thinking we are to good for this when we are not, Chris Hughton’s tactics so far have been negative, hes not a manager (although hes doing his best) and that shows when he selects a team, i don’t want to wait until we can only make the play offs then panic. i have seen these mistakes made at Newcastle from the 70’s onwards, the same mistakes over and over again, then on sites like this you say if its not broke, well let me tell you it might not be broke yet but its held together by string & sticky tape, and the only hope is that the teams below us are worse.

  • Whumpie

    Oct 5, 2009 at 12:09 PM

    Comment #12

    I think Dave’s a reassuringly lone voice on the moaning front. For me, as with many, we’re doing just fine, and Saturday was just one of those days. Far better to have played well and lost out due to woodwork and poor reffing than to have just plain done badly.

    Another clean sheet; 3 points clear at the top, loads of good chances. Barton out for months. Happy. Keep it up.


    Oct 5, 2009 at 12:12 PM

    Comment #13

    dave, i agree with a lot you say, but we have to bare in mind that MA doesnt give two monkeys about sorting the team out, he wont invest cash, he wont name a FT manager, that leaves VH with his hands tied, a defensive coach trying to do the ebst with what he’s got and grateful he was able to add a couple of players… all things considered, i’m pretty happy so far this season!

    if we were floating around mid table i would fully share your views, but regardless of how you want to dress it up, we are top of the CCC, and this is football, so yeah, we got to the top with a bit of luck a bit of skill and a bit of commitment… as you’ll welll know in football, thats how it goes

    worse case scenario, MA will keep NUFC and hope the team will get themselves promoted so he can up his asking price… on present and previous form, do you have any indication he will do anythign different? no.

    all we can hope for is a buyer and personally, i think things will go in that direction

  • dave 1961

    Oct 5, 2009 at 12:19 PM

    Comment #14

    i am not moaning i am just worried that we have only won 2 of the last 6 games, we are getting beat off such poor teams, like we used to in the 80’s in the old second division, and if we fail this year to win automatic promotion, we will see a return to the bad old days, i have seen the same scenario again, & again, i might be the lone voice but i hope i am not the right one, because i don’t want a return to the old days check out this list of managers after Gordon lee this is what i don’t want to return to

  • Whumpie

    Oct 5, 2009 at 12:21 PM

    Comment #15

    Dave – “it might not be broke yet but its held together by string & sticky tape”

    That’s right on the nail, I think. But I still think it’s wrong to slag it all off when you look at the big picture. However, if we keep dropping points for more than another 3 or 4 games then yes, it’s time to change something – but what can you change?

    New owner, permanent manager and a decent recruitment plan in place for January would do it!

  • punk skunk...

    Oct 5, 2009 at 12:24 PM

    Comment #16

    i too understand your concerns mate, i was there in the 80’s…Yuk!..

    …But, we need fightin’ spirit man, not defeatism!..

    …p.s…I’m not accusin’ you of the latter, btw!..

  • dave 1961

    Oct 5, 2009 at 12:53 PM

    Comment #17

    i have tons of fighting spirit, & when i am at a game i have never booed off a player, many reef’s though, i have seen these things happen so many times, and the clubs being run by chance, with absolutely no direction by the owner, the only plan i can get from the club at the moment is don’t spend any money, regardless of the consequence, when a small outlay could guarantee success, that’s if we are realists and settle for a lower standard. but we need a plan. the duke of wellington was asked just before the battle of Waterloo what’s your plan, the response was to beat the french, unfortunately Ashley’s not the same class as the iron duke.


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