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.