Peter Lovenkrands should return to the starting line-up tomorrow against Barnsley, and will probably partner big Andy Carroll up front.
Peter Lovenkrands – I’ll take flukes and all
Lovenkrands told the local Evening Chronicle today:
“I don’t care where I score or how I score, as long as they are going over the line.” “It’s great to do well and score goals at St James’ Park in front of big crowds. I haven’t got a problem with it.”
“I’m just glad to be back and playing again, so hopefully the goals will keep coming.” “It’s been quite a frustrating time for me because of injury.”
“It wasn’t too serious and that’s why I made them take me off so early – so that it didn’t get worse.” “I’m just happy it only took a week. But it’s all good now and I’ve been training well. I’m fully back to normal.”
“It was quite surreal. To score a goal so early and have the euphoria of the crowd cheering then to be limping off is surreal.” “It wasn’t the best, but there is no good time to get injured – it’s a blow whenever it happens.”
As we reported yesterday, Newcastle have a chance to equal a 103 year-old record at Newcastle by going through a full season unbeaten at home.
The League One winning side of 1906-1907 was the last Newcastle side to do that, by winning 18 of their home games and drawing the other one and they won the league with 51 points from their 38 games.
Newcastle have not suffered a home defeat since the terrible 1-0 loss to Fulham last season, which followed Newcastle’s great win on the previous Monday night over Middlesbrough 3-1.
The Fulham game was the game we thought would clinch safety for us, and although the lads played well and attacked all the way through – the Gods were just not with us or manager Alan Shearer on that Saturday.
Peter Lovenkrands talked about that Fulham gamne:
“That game against Fulham was unreal and we were unlucky. We played well and they didn’t but they still got the points. That’s why we have to be on our guard because football can be fickle like that.”
“So you have to go into each game with the same attitude. We’ve been unbeaten at home and it’s something that we want to keep up.”
“Watford is a hard place to go to. To see them come back with three points was good and it’s a very good achievement.’ “I was watching the live scoring and keeping an eye on Sky.”
“When I don’t play I always like to keep up to date.’ “It was a great result. The team is playing great and we’re creating a lot of chances. Myself and Andy (Carroll) have been scoring goals lately.”
“I think it’s time to do it again but it’s all down to the team playing so well and creating those chances for us.”
But Lovenkrands also says he doesn’t mind one little bit if another effort that looks a bit of a fluke goes into the net – hey – a goal’s a goal and any striker just wants to see the ball in the back of the net, however he gets it there.
“Everybody says it looks like I meant it.’ “But I have to be honest, it was a cross!”
“When you look back on it in a few weeks nobody will look at it like that, it was just another goal.” “A goal is a goal and I was just happy it went in.”
“Smudger played the ball to me and I tried to play it in to Andy.”
After he had scored Peter acknowledged immediately he hadn’t meant it as a shot – fool. 😀
A goal is a goal and Peter was just too honest on that day, but as he says he’ll take them whichever way they come. Said like a true goalscorer!
We also hope Peter makes the Danish World Cup side, and if he keeps scoring the goals on Tyneside, we have to think he’s got a decent chance – he can certainly do the job for Denmark in the summer, that’s for sure.
He’s already on 10 goals this season for Newcastle with 8 of them coming this year.
We wouldn’t be at all surprised if Peter adds to that total tomorrow.