Hughton Pays Tribute To Lovenkrands

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.

Comments always welcome.

18 comments so far

  • budmon

    Jan 19, 2010 at 12:29 AM

    Comment #1

    we are the better team, we’ll be in the 5th round with a decent performance saturday!

  • lesh

    Jan 19, 2010 at 9:22 AM

    Comment #3

    The radio commentary suggested a close game but WBA were the better of the two sides – especially going forward. Great and courageous performance by Lovenkrands though.

    Shola…. well, I’ll reserve judgement and Simpson was run ragged.

    We need a striker that’ll score goals (Harewood?), a winger who doesn’t fall down and a decent, versatile defender.

    As the end of the month draws nearer, the prospect of signings diminishes and from there being a 10 pt gap to second, it’s now three. That is worrying – as it should be for our ever-popular owner.

    Of course ther’re the needs for economies and sensible budget management but without some speculative investment, we may not even go up – Mr Ashley… just what will your investment be worth then – £10m over four years IF we get to and stay in the Prem?

  • Bosck

    Jan 19, 2010 at 10:25 AM

    Comment #4

    Lovenkrands deserves a massive amount of respect for yesterday not only did he score but was dangerous throughout when his mind could easily have been elsewhere.

    To be fair lesh it wasn’t really just simpson, entire right hand side plus S Taylor at times were well below their best. Aside from his free kick i thought Guthrie was well below par and took the momentum out of a number of promising moves by either holding on to the ball too long or turning and passing it backwards.

    for their 2nd goal and a number of other times, simpson was caught out of position by running forward and guthrie failed to drop back and cover as a result leaving the west brom player (Dorrens?) too much space to run into, which was then confounded on their goal by S Taylor backing off far too much and allowing the cross to be played in unchallenged.

    The problem i think we have is that the rm and to some extent the rb is constantly being changed so that there is not enough time being allowed for a partnership to develop like the one on the left hand side between jose and jonas.

    personally after another display of abject disinterest from shola after the first 10 mins yesterday i would start carroll who seemed to trouble the wb defence far more for the short time he was on, or ranger, either of whom would at least look like their making an effort.

  • catchy in norway

    Jan 19, 2010 at 10:52 AM

    Comment #5

    last night i thought we were shocking,, how shola is still at the club is way beyond me,, lazy b******,, is what he is,,
    he would not get a game for the reservs if i was in charge,, i think for one he needs to loose wieght,

    danny simpson is no better that r taylor, so he can go back to gold traford.

    im a fan of jonas, but he is to predictable, guthrie on the right, hmmmm he was never there unless taken a corner,,

    as for new signings, wow, only beckford might be good enough for the prem, still n proven,,

    how we are top of the league , it baffels me, i have seen 2 good games all season, chris,, GROW SOME BALLS AND PLAY ATTACKING FOOTBALL WILL YOU

  • ganiyu

    Jan 19, 2010 at 10:53 AM

    Comment #6

    Whats wrong with the defensive part of the team?we conceeding alot recently.we need new goalies and defenders.problem solved

  • will die for the toon army

    Jan 19, 2010 at 11:01 AM

    Comment #7

    We are well at the back and we will get better with former defenders as mangers what do u expect.

    I have a feeling its a better season next season jst hoping better signings, more back room staff and financially stable.

    |I think I trust CH and I know he knows what he is doing.

  • will die for the toon army

    Jan 19, 2010 at 11:04 AM

    Comment #8

    There is one more sponsor ship deal left but that will not be good in the ears on the Geordie. The change of the name of the stadium.

    ……………………………..@St.James Park.

    Lets wait.

  • batty

    Jan 19, 2010 at 11:42 AM

    Comment #9

    ganiyu we have let 2 goals in 4 games dipshit

  • catchy in norway

    Jan 19, 2010 at 11:44 AM

    Comment #10


    its the only part of the team i like

  • batty

    Jan 19, 2010 at 11:57 AM

    Comment #11

    catchy and me but a sed at the start of the seaon aboot the defence m8

  • catchy in norway

    Jan 19, 2010 at 12:07 PM

    Comment #12

    with this team we will struggle next year,, we are only top cos we dont let in many goals,,,

    im disapointed in chris,, the kids arnt getting a chance, pancake, looks good, but never plays,


  • batty

    Jan 19, 2010 at 12:10 PM

    Comment #13

    iam surprised he hasent played ranger more he looked pretty good at the start of the season

  • catchy in norway

    Jan 19, 2010 at 12:11 PM

    Comment #14

    he did,, in a team that didnt suport him that good..

  • ziad

    Jan 19, 2010 at 1:01 PM

    Comment #15

    We need to shake things up on sat.
    Yeaterday’s circuis show was NOT acceptable imo.

  • ziad

    Jan 19, 2010 at 1:04 PM

    Comment #16

    Let’s start with Carrol – Ranger up front
    and play Loven at RM.
    have we signed Pancrate till may or what?

  • catchy in norway

    Jan 19, 2010 at 1:16 PM

    Comment #17


    chris seems to be bottling it when it comes to pancrate

  • Bosck

    Jan 19, 2010 at 4:52 PM

    Comment #18

    ziat can’t agree with you about loven, got to keep him playing through the middle, he can do a job on the wing but he’s far more effective up front and has stated many times thats his favourite position, loven and carroll or ranger should start up front on sat.

    no point having our best striker playing out of position just to cover our right wing. play pancrate rw and r taylor rb, or play r taylor at rw and give kadar a run of games at rb, thats where steven taylor learnt his trade for a while when he first broke through.


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