Newcastle boss Chris Hughton tonight paid tribute to great Dane Peter Lovenkrands for playing and scoring against West Brom, just 3 days after his father passed away.
Roberto di Matteo and Chris Hughton – both seem happy enough
Lovenkrands scored an emotional equaliser after 55 minutes for Newcastle in the 2-2 draw with 3rd placed West Brom.
Peter was given compassionate leave by Newcastle to return to Denmark, but he returned to the Tyneside club and told Chris he was willing to play in the vital game.
Chris was rightly full of admiration for Lovenkrands as he told Sky Sports after the game:
“Overall I thought it was a fair result and a very good game for the neutral. We showed a lot of character to come back twice from a goal down.”
“Peter (Lovenkrands) wanted to play and for him to go and get a goal for us is superb. Great credit for him.”
Not surprisingly WBA manager Roberto Di Matteo thought his side deserved the win, after attacking Newcastle from the off, and twice taking the lead at the St James’ Park cauldron.
Di Matteo told Sky Sports:
“I think it was a good point for Newcastle. We should have probably won the game, I think we deserved the three points tonight,”
“I thought we were good in all departments. We scored good goals and created lots of chances. We just couldn’t get a hold of the lead when we had one.
“We thought we could win tonight and get something out of the game and it looked for a long time that we would win it.”
There’s no doubt that Newcastle were the team that were happier with the point, but the two teams will go at it again this Saturday in the 4th round of the FA Cup at the Hawthorns. The game has a 3:00 pm KO.
Let’s hope the game is as exciting as the contest tonight.
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