Peter Lovenkrands scored his 13th goal of the season on Saturday, and the very first one away from St. James’ Park.
Lovenkrands congratulated by Carroll on Saturday
Peter has been in scintillating form this year, and he’s already scored 11 goals in 2010.
And fellow striker Andy Carroll took his tally up to 12 against Middlesbrough, and is now a single goal behind joint leaders, Peter Lovenkrands and midfielder Kevin Nolan.
But 21 year-old Carroll seems not to be bothered about whether he finishes as top scorer for Newcastle this season, just as long as the Newcastle club get promoted:
Andy said today:
“It would mean more for me to finish as a top scorer as a striker. But it’s not that important to be honest.”
“What’s important is that we get back in the Premier League and get out of this division.”
“It would mean something because I was a fan before I started playing, but we know promotion is all that matters to us all.”
“Boro edged in front and it looked like we might lose, but I always thought that we had the quality to get the equaliser when we did fall behind.”
“That is how it proved. I thought it was slipping away from us. They kept pressing when they scored, but we levelled.”
“It shows our resilience to dig out that result. We all stuck together and we worked hard as a team to stay in the game.”
When Newcastle do fall behind this season, which is not too often, the lads mount that extra effort to get back into the game, and that’s exactly what they did on Saturday.
And although they wouldn’t have deserved the win, they came close to pinching the game in those last 10 minutes.
But Middlesbrough looked a good team and fully deserved their point (at least), and it finally looks like manager Gordon Strachan is turning them around.
However, it may be too late for promotion this season.