Lovenkrand Scores But Newcastle Go Down 2-1 At Rangers


Newcastle went down 2-1 to Rangers at Ibrox this afternoon, and although it was a poor result, the performance was fairly decent.

Newcastle kept the ball well in stretches of the game, but the Magpies lacked any penetration in the final third of the pitch, and hardly looked like they had any  cutting edge up front.

So those fans who want another striker and a midfield play-maker could well be what Chris Hughton tries to get in over the next three weeks, while the transfer market is still open.

Rangers went ahead after just 24 minutes, against the run of play,   as Whittaker put in a terrific cross from the left wing,  and it was Kenny Miller who powerfully headed the ball past Newcastle goalkeeper, Steve Harper, from just six yards.

And 12 minutes later Whittaker again was in the middle of the action, but this time he saved a goal with a great last ditch tackle on Andy Carroll, just as the 6’4″ striker was about to shoot.

A minute later Miller again had the ball in the net for Rangers, but it was ruled offside.

The interval came with Rangers still ahead 1-0.

Shola Ameobi came on at the interval for Andy Carroll, and just 10 minutes later Ryan Taylor replaced Jose Enrique at left back, which was a surprise change by Newcastle manager Chris Hughton.

After 65 minutes Rangers went further ahead, as Steven Davis played in former Kilmarnock player Steven Naismith, and he fired right through the legs of Steve Harper – and it was a pity the veteran Newcastle goalkeeper couldn’t block the shot.

The crowd was announced as 30,220 which was quite an impressive turn out at Ibrox, and after 70 minutes former Rangers striker Peter Lovenkrands was introduced in place of Argentine Jonas Gutierrez, and he got a great reception from the appreciative Rangers fans.

And would you believe it – Peter scored within a minutes of coming on – and with his very first touch, he put the ball in the net.

You cannot make this stuff up.

Kevin Nolan’s shot was only blocked by goalkeeper McGregor, and the Danish striker again showed what an instinctive striker he is, as he coolly put the ball into the back of the net.

2-1 and could Newcastle again come back from being two goals down?

A minute later it was almost 2-2  as Ameobi moved down the left and shot, and the goalkeeper could again only block the shot, and the ball went to Guthrie.

The former Liverpool youngster squared it to Lovenkrands, and the Danish striker couldn’t quite put the ball home, with the angle being too acute.

On 81 minutes Newcastle brought on two 19 year-olds – Irishman Shane Ferguson and James Tavernier for James Perch and Fabricio Coloccini.

But Newcastle couldn’t pull that goal back and lost their second pre-season game.

This defeat will provide ammunition for the doom and gloomers, no doubt, but the football Newcastle played was more than decent, but without enough penetration up front.

We still could get a result at Old Trafford a week come Monday night, as we remain forever hopeful.

Howay The Lads!!

Teams:

Rangers: Allan McGregor, David Weir, Kirk Broadfoot, Sasa Papac (Gregg Wylde 63), Lee McCulloch, Marice Edu, Steven Davis, Kenny Miller (Kyle Lafferty 63), Steven Naismith, Steven Whittaker, Madjid Bougherra.Subs: Neil Alexander, Andrius Velicka, Jordan McMillan, Andrew Little, Andrew Shinnie, Kyle Hutton, Archie Campell.

Newcastle United: Steve Harper, James Perch (Shane Ferguson 81), Jose Enrique (Ryan Taylor 55), Fabricio Coloccini (James Tavernier 81), Mike Williamson, Wayne Routledge (Xisco 82), Danny Guthrie, Joey Barton, Kevin Nolan, Jonas Gutierrez (Peter Lovenkrands 69), Andy Carroll (Shola Ameobi 46).
Sub not used: Tim Krul.


48 comments so far

  • MacToon

    Aug 7, 2010 at 5:10 PM

    Comment #1

    Good game though. More positives than negatives I think but does show that if Routledge and/or Jonas have a bad day we have no alternatives.

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  • baro

    Aug 7, 2010 at 5:20 PM

    Comment #2

    MacToon

    Agree…. Last season it was all about Routledge and Jonas on the wings using their speed and creativity. If we are to finish midtable or higher than they really need to show what they can do again.

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  • nuttyward

    Aug 7, 2010 at 5:26 PM

    Comment #3

    agree good game but just lacking that something extra .
    need some pace up front , someone who can take defenders away and leave space for carol.
    where is arfa when you need him.
    come chris get signing before the man u game.
    thought BARTON was ok today

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  • North Atlantic Magpie

    Aug 7, 2010 at 5:29 PM

    Comment #4

    We need two up front.

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  • slazberger

    Aug 7, 2010 at 5:30 PM

    Comment #5

    decent game from our lads i dont thing anything major needs to be done just a couple of additions who add something different and a bit of luck and composure in the final third

    mid table or higher? i would take anything from 11 – 17 now. ed it would be ineresting to see where the fans think we will finish the season 18 -20, 14 – 17 and so on just to get a general feel for things. mind you could do the poll after a win and after a loss and get completely different results the way some people go on.

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  • ginkoh

    Aug 7, 2010 at 5:36 PM

    Comment #6

    We need only 1 step quicker on the ball. I think we did it ok this game but have plenty of room to improve.

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  • Toon1978

    Aug 7, 2010 at 5:43 PM

    Comment #7

    That is football mate, you get the ups and downs. A lose can spoil your whole weekend and a win can make it. Newcastle lack creativity, pace and skill all things needed in the EPL. I have been through the dark days with NUFC. I have travelled the length of Britain to support the club and seen us get clobbered on a horrible rainy night in mid week, so i believe i am entitled to be concerned with the lack of investment we see today.

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  • davybtoon

    Aug 7, 2010 at 5:49 PM

    Comment #8

    thought we played well today we jus lack that final ball/creativity i dont fink we need strikers i fink we ppl who can supply the strikers, a proper defensive midfielder for away from like arevalo who weve been linked wit or annan someone who break up play n pass it, id say left back but i fully expect ch to push kadar out there to challenge jose its jus he is ijured at the moment

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  • Oba

    Aug 7, 2010 at 5:52 PM

    Comment #9

    Striker and a creative midfielder (centre/wing) is what is needed.

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  • listie

    Aug 7, 2010 at 6:04 PM

    Comment #10

    First goal was superb, but as has been said would love to see him do it again, also shows a team who have been playing together for a while, as Rangers are more potless than MA keeps saying we are.
    Second goal, from the vid highlights looks like poor defending .
    We need some creativity more than a striker I think.

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  • nuttyward

    Aug 7, 2010 at 6:13 PM

    Comment #11

    without the money to spend who is or are the ideal signings for us in the prem,
    if you pay peanuts you get monkeys.

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  • nuttyward

    Aug 7, 2010 at 6:14 PM

    Comment #12

    early forgot
    KEEP THE FAITH

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  • GeordieMeerkat

    Aug 7, 2010 at 6:17 PM

    Comment #13

    We should really go for Caicedo. Man City don’t need him nor the money from selling him so a loan deal (with a view to making it permanent) should be easily arranged.

    He would keep our succession of big strikers but add pace and creativity that we need and give an extra option on the left wing.

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  • stuart no9

    Aug 7, 2010 at 6:19 PM

    Comment #14

    ED its time every body starts jumping off this doom and gloom bandwagon , and start looking at the facts,You say this would give people, ok like myself, ammunition . ammunition for what?, do you really believe nufc fans, love to rip their team to bits,? of course they dont, i thought they played great great football today, not much long ball stuff, but pinged it about about the park better than what i have seen from them , for a few years, good football to feet however , where s the goals coming from?all the possession ,means nowt, unless you have someone who is leathal in the box,we have not got that someone. S ince shearer retired, we have not replaced him,4 years, and we still havnt got any body , who we can say ” hes gonna be a guddun” the next shearer,NUFC lack a centre forward imo, untill we find one we will struggle, goals win you games, not posession ,here ,s hoping

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  • MacToon

    Aug 7, 2010 at 6:21 PM

    Comment #15

    stuart no9, if you read the posts most are being very optimistic and positive!

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  • Alinufc

    Aug 7, 2010 at 6:23 PM

    Comment #16

    id like to see more of Lovenkrands when he came on the team seemed to come alive

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  • Flan

    Aug 7, 2010 at 6:42 PM

    Comment #17

    We should’ve signed Whittaker when we were in the market for a versatile defender. Anyway im kinda glad we were bet today, if we had’ve won it would just paper over the cracks, at laest this way CH knows he needs to make another signing or 2 before old trafford.

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  • noir9

    Aug 7, 2010 at 6:52 PM

    Comment #18

    mactoon @1, in a nutshell there m8. If they had played anywhere near how they can we would have won comfortably. Thats the negative from todays game, we don’t currently have anyone to bring on when their having a mare.

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  • slazberger

    Aug 7, 2010 at 6:55 PM

    Comment #19

    im sure CH knows where he needs to add regardless of the result today. i cant see us signing two before manu unless their already in the pipeline

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  • stuart no9

    Aug 7, 2010 at 7:04 PM

    Comment #20

    mactoon , sorry mate , didnt mean it like that, was referring to eds comments, about the doom and gloomers getting ammunition from getting beat and jumping on the bandwagon, that whenever, someone has something negative to say about the team, they are automatically,looked upon as being, “doom and gloomers, not true, just being factual

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  • khfl

    Aug 7, 2010 at 7:14 PM

    Comment #21

    I’ve been reading the blog ages and thought i would finally get signed up!! I thought we played some good one touch passing today it just always seemed to break down in the final third. We definately looked better once we had two up front though. I would love CH to start with Carrol and Lovenkrands at Man U but i can see him playing Nolan off Carrol and trying to keep it tight the other end. We need a couple of players and i can’t see us signing them before next monday…i can’t even see us signing one at the moment!

    Would love ben arfa to come on loan that way if CH can’t work with him we can ship him out again. Still got hope that we can put in a performance at Man U though!!

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  • Flair:20

    Aug 7, 2010 at 7:39 PM

    Comment #22

    Lots of positives to be taken from the game today. My main worry is strength in depth throughout the team – as soon as we started making substitutions, there were players out of position all over the shop. Ben Arfa (or a similar player) plus a defender would probably do the trick.

    Incidentally, Ben Arfa is on the bench for Marseille tonight at home to Caen, kicks off at 8pm.

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  • MacToon

    Aug 7, 2010 at 8:07 PM

    Comment #23

    stuart no9, no problem, thought you meant us 🙂 I think after the last 2 games most have been positive but we all seem to agree where we need strengthening.

    Best thing I think is the way we’ve played, especially today where we’ve passed the ball around quite well for large parts of the game, it’s encouraging.

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  • nuttyward

    Aug 7, 2010 at 8:14 PM

    Comment #24

    neesy111: @Scottwilsonecho ben arfa signing confirmed by marseille chairman on french tv this week for #NUFC

    found this on scot wilson echo

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  • nuttyward

    Aug 7, 2010 at 8:18 PM

    Comment #25

    Ben Arfa to join early next week?
    We’re hearing that the president of Marseille, Jean-Claude Dassier, has been on TV in France claiming that Hatem Ben Arfa will join us on Monday or Tuesday of next week.

    More to follow.
    view form the shite seats site

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  • Flair:20

    Aug 7, 2010 at 8:26 PM

    Comment #26

    “We should have news on Tuesday or Wednesday. If the offer from NUFC is serious, and if Hatem agrees, the transfer is possible”.

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  • Flair:20

    Aug 7, 2010 at 8:28 PM

    Comment #27

    I doubt they would have put Ben Arfa on the bench tonight if they had already agreed to sell/loan him to another club. Sounds to me as if we still need to increase our offer.

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  • Flair:20

    Aug 7, 2010 at 8:35 PM

    Comment #28

    Marseille 0-0 Caen with half an hour gone, Ben Arfa has just started warming up on the touchline…

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  • Oba

    Aug 7, 2010 at 8:50 PM

    Comment #29

    Just to say, Bellamy hasn’t been brought on tonight for Man City. Must be wondering whether he’s going to get any games this season.

    I’d love him back here. No idea how much he’d cost though, City hardly need the money do they?

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  • BeeGuy

    Aug 7, 2010 at 8:51 PM

    Comment #30

    IMHO, NUFC was better today than anything I saw out of them last season. NUFC did not score more because Rangers are very strong in the middle and NUFC had a slow front pair. What has to happen, and we saw in the second hslf of last year, is that Andy Carroll will have to learn how to play with Guthrie and Barton zipping in those passes as they control the mid-field.There should be no question that Carroll needs a slick, fast pot hanger (as we say in ice hockey) to grab the garbage goals that will fall his way off the Avatar as he is being double teamed.
    I was not too concerned with our defense as it seemed they were prepared and knew who to challenge and who to run with. Williamson looked much better on the ball, not just route 1ing everything that came his way.

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  • Mike Ashleys Loin Cloth

    Aug 7, 2010 at 8:54 PM

    Comment #31

    BeeGuy I agree if we can get the CMs linking up with Carroll we could get goals, as not many (if any) will have the beating of Carroll in the air, hopefully we can keep possesion like we did today when we play some of the better sides, and cut out the daft passes at the back!

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  • slazberger

    Aug 7, 2010 at 8:55 PM

    Comment #32

    flair:20 yeah thats the impresion i got from the quote you posted. more or less telling newcastle (balls in your court) to put a bid in around the amount they have asked for.

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  • Robby Bobson

    Aug 7, 2010 at 8:59 PM

    Comment #33

    Positive is how we dominated the game, guthrie and barton controlled the middle of the park.

    Negative is lack of cutting edge in the final third.

    Why play kevin nolan as a striker. Play him in the hole fair enough but he played as a second centre forward today, might as well play lovenkrands.

    We were in dire need all game for lovenkrands to come add some guile and intelligents.

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  • Flair:20

    Aug 7, 2010 at 9:11 PM

    Comment #34

    Marseille are losing at home! I wonder if Ben Arfa will come on…

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  • Flair:20

    Aug 7, 2010 at 9:21 PM

    Comment #35

    Ben Arfa’s on! Just went on a mazy run…

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  • GeordieGerman

    Aug 7, 2010 at 9:32 PM

    Comment #36

    We have to start playing second half football from the first start kick off.

    End of story.

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  • GeordieGerman

    Aug 7, 2010 at 9:33 PM

    Comment #37

    That should read. first half kick off.

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  • Flair:20

    Aug 7, 2010 at 9:36 PM

    Comment #39

    Ben Arfa just set up the equaliser for Marseille…. then the commentator said that he’s on his way to Valencia on loan!!

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  • rknufc

    Aug 7, 2010 at 9:42 PM

    Comment #40

    really??

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