Peter Lovenkrands has been in good goal-scoring form this year, and last night he notched his 9th goal of the season, and seems to be Newcastle’s new penalty taker.
Peter Lovenkrands – dispatched penalty beautifully last night
Peter had apparently been practicing penalties last week with Andy Carroll and Kevin Nolan.
And when Wayne Routledge was brought down in the box after 70 minutes, Peter went looking for the ball from Coventry City’s Leon Barnett, who had just brought Wayne down
And the Danish striker made no mistake from the spot, as he put the ball high into the roof of the net and gave goalkeeper Kieren Westwood no chance at all.
Peter talked today about the penalty and his 9th goal this season:
“I saw the guy who fouled Wayne running away with the ball (that was Leon Barnett) and I chased after him right away to try and get it,”
“We’d had a wee chat in training between myself, Andy Carroll and Kevin Nolan about who was going to take the pens, but they couldn’t really take it off me once I had it.”
“But they let me take it and it was good to see it go in.”
And manager Chris Hughton was delighted with last night’s performance and had said after the game that in training Peter had put all his penalty kicks on the opposite side during his training.
Peter talked about that:
“That’s true, but I don’t really have a spot I always go to.”“I just pick a spot I feel comfortable with on the night and the one I chose was perfect.”
“I’d love to be our penalty taker and I’m happy to continue if the chance comes up.”
If we do have more penalty kicks during the run-in – and let’s hope we do – and Peter scores from them – that will help his attempt to get into the Danish squad for the World Cup this summer in South Africa.
But to Peter’s credit he hardly brings that up – and all he is concentrating on right now is getting Newcastle promoted.
Good for him.
And by the way I’ve been asked by the Daily Telegraph to run a blog on Argentina during the World Cup – and that’s because Newcastle have two Argentine players – Coloccini and Gutierrez – at Newcastle, so that should be interesting.
Hey, maybe we’ll have an Argentina vs England final – and everybody knows who will win that game.