Peter Lovenkrands scored the first two goals for Newcastle and has today talked about the controversial penalty decision and the sending off of Barnsley goalkeeper Luke Steele.
Peter Lovenkrands – a brace on Saturday
Peter talked to the Newcastle official site today:
“It was a hard one and I’ve said to the goalie that he never touched me that way – intending to bring him down,”
“But it was the way that I tried to get around him and finish it off; I was going at high speed and, because I tried to avoid him, it broke my stride and I kind of fell over.”
“I didn’t dive and I feel it was penalty because he did interfere with my run.” “The sending off was maybe harsh but those are the laws of the game.”
It was certainly a difficult penalty decision becasue you could argue that goalkeeper Steele was just going for the ball.
But the sending off after a penalty award has to be changed somehow, and apparently FIFA will look at that this summer. When you’re the last man and give away a foul for a penalty, it’s then a double whammy to be subsequently sent off.
FIFA may change this law in the summer.
Seele was sent off after 42 minutes and the goal from the penalty by Peter – who again put it home with great aplomb, was two minutes later, due to the protestations of the Barnsley goalkeeper.
Lovenkrands admits the delay did add to the tension, but you wouldn’t have thought it with his confident penalty kick.
“I felt a bit under pressure because he was trying to come over and talk to me but I just wanted to avoid him,”
“It was hard having to wait for him to go off and the new goalie to come on and I felt a bit under pressure. Thankfully I managed to put it away.”
“I changed corners from my last penalty as well. The goalkeeper would have seen what I did a couple of weeks ago so I decided to change it and it worked.”
Peter Lovenkrands looks a very good player this year and he’a been a bargain buy for Newcastle and now has 12 goals, all at home and all this year.
The Danish striker now is just one goal behind leader Kevin Nolan, who also scored yesterday.
Manager Chris Hughton talked about his great Dane:
“Peter is on a tremendous run in front of goal at the moment,””With strikers, it’s about confidence and they will get confidence by playing regularly and by scoring goals.”
“We are not surprised with the qualities he has got because we know, off the front, he is different to what we have got.”
“He’s got that type of pace, he’s a left-sider as well and he is capable of getting into the box and scoring headed goals.”
“When I brought him in during the summer, I brought him in as a player who could play in arguably three positions: on the left, on the right or up front.”
“He always felt his best position was up front or off the front, and he is doing very well there at the moment.”
Now how much did we pay for him again? Oh yes we remember – nothing.
As we said before he’s been a terrific buy! 😀