Lovenkrands Hoping For A Start On Saturday

Peter Lovenkrands has been outstanding this year for Newcastle United, and that’s a bit of an understatement.

Peter Lovenkrands – 12 goals in last 8 starts

The 30 year-old Dane has scored 12 goals from his last eight starts for Newcastle, and all his goals have come at St. James’ Park oddly enough.

Peter is therefore anxious to break his duck away from home, and will hope to do that on Saturday afternoon at Middlesbrough, but he’ll have to play first.

Peter scored 3 goals last season and his only away goal was on his debut last year at West Brom in February.

That’s when Newcastle won 3-2 after Joe Kinnear had been taken sick that morning with heart problems.

But there’s also a reason Peter hasn’t scored away from home this season, and that’s because manager Chris Hughton usually plays a 4-5-1 formation, and Peter had only started 3 times away from St. James’ Park in the league this season.

Peter talked today about scoring away from home:

“It would be nice to score on Saturday and it would be a good time to get that goal in a derby match,”

“Everything I touch at St.James’ at the moment turns to goals and that’s not a bad thing for a striker.”

“I suppose that’s just down to the way the team plays; we’re so strong at home and create so many chances.”

“That’s not always the way away from home and you’ve got to be more patient. Also, I haven’t started that many away games this season.”

“I’m hoping that my form gets me a start on Saturday because it’s an important game, not just because of the rivalry, but because we have to keep up the pace at the top.”

“We’re in a strong position now but that can all change very quickly, as we’ve seen, but as long as we’re winning we’ll stay top and that’s our aim.”

Maybe we should start attacking away from home, especially against those teams we can beat, like Middlesbrough as just one example.

After all, playing away from home and having to defend more is all in the mind in any case.

And if that means playing Danny Guthrie in central midfield then so be it, and it may also mean giving an in-form Peter Lovenkrands a start up front.

Fortune favors the brave, after all.

Comments welcome.

5 comments so far

  • spiderpig

    Mar 10, 2010 at 11:27 AM

    Comment #1

    ch should maybe give it one more go at picking our home team for an away game.he got his fingers burnt at derby and will be wary.i would only play the 4.5.1 if we can break with pace and without routledge we dont have a lot.i would definately keep guthrie in the middle with smith coming in for nolan.nolan could come on as a midfielder or striker if needed.give him a rest.
    simpson , collo , big will ,enrique/kadar
    taylor, smith , guthrie, jonas
    carroll loven

    subs: krul,nolan,best,barton,hall

  • xfer

    Mar 10, 2010 at 11:59 AM

    Comment #2

    Agreed. Should give an attacking formation another shot.

  • Doha Mag

    Mar 10, 2010 at 5:27 PM

    Comment #3

    Team for Saturday in a 4-4-1-1 formation:

    Simpson , Collocini , Williamson, Kadar
    Taylor, Smith , Guthrie, Jonas

    If Smith is still injured CH will either go for Nicky Butt or maybe move Nolan back in front of the defence, allowing Lovenkrands to start.

    No point in risking Enrique or Barton as Boro will play this game at a very high tempo

  • cupiddstunt

    Mar 10, 2010 at 7:11 PM

    Comment #4

    As long as I live, (and I have to admit I am not just over the hill but very near the bottom at the other side) I will never understand why a team should change the play style just because they are playing an away game.

    The best teams play much the same home and away so why don’t we?

    We carry enough fans to away games that a lot of them must sound a little like home games in as much as we make more noise than the home team fans.

    We have done exceptionally well at home so why not carry that over to the away games by playing same formation and style?

    It baffles me.

  • Sav

    Mar 10, 2010 at 11:43 PM

    Comment #5

    “The best teams play much the same home and away so why don’t we?”

    The answer’s in the question, CS.


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