Peter Lovenkranda has had a frustrating season so far in the Premier League.
Peter Lovenkrands – has had limited appearances this season
Peter has not been played too much and Chris’ preference for 4-5-1 even at home – has helped to limit his chances in the side, but the Dane is hoping that Newcastle’s excellent 2-1 win on Saturday at West Ham, with two strikers up front from the first kick-off, will help his chances to get more starts in the future – because Chris will be encouraged to play 4-4-2 more often.
Peter has so far made only 4 appearances for Newcastle this season with a single goal, and this is what the Danish International said today:
“It’s been very frustrating especially with last season. It’s been very tough,” “I had a good pre-season as well so not getting much playing time, especially with the system we played, is tough.”“With Kevin playing behind Andy that’s probably the reason why I haven’t had much of a chance.”
“It’s been very frustrating, you need to put your head down and keep working away. Last season I came in after missing pre-season and I had to wait for my opportunity then.”
“I’ll do the same this time and hopefully it will come and I’ll do the same as I did last year.” “It’s disappointing we didn’t play with two up front at home, but it’s the manager’s decision and you have to respect that, he felt that was the best way to go.”
“But we went to West Ham with two up front and beat them, and hopefully now that’ll be the way we’re going to play – and that will give me a better chance of playing. I have knocked on the manager’s door. In the beginning you’ll go in and say ‘what’s your plans’ but you can’t keep going back to his office as it goes on.”
“You’re going to get told the same thing every time so as long as you’ve done it once that’s it, you just put your head down and work, do well in training and wait for your opportunity.”
Peter will get a good chance to shine tonight, as we expect Chris to start a 4-4-2 formation with two up front, one being Peter and the other striker possibly being 19 year-old Nile Ranger.
The Newcastle second eleven will get another chance to shine tonight, against an Arsenal side that will include a number the Gunners’ top youngsters.
The great Dane talked about tonight’s game:
“I don’t think a lot of people expected us to beat Chelsea and score four goals at Stamford Bridge,” “But we have a lot of good young boys and mixed in with the experienced players it gives us a strong team.”“We don’t know what Chris will do, whether he’ll go for it or what – but we’ll have a strong team.”
“We need to focus on the players who’ll get chance to play and hopefully we can pull off a result like we did at Chelsea.” “Everybody’s beatable on their day. We just need to be ready for it and to take the chances we get. We probably won’t get as many chances against Arsenal as we do against other teams because they’re going to have so much of the ball.”
“But if we take our chances then we have a good chance of beating them.” “We know it’ll be tough to get past Arsenal but if we do the competition looks more interesting the longer we’re in it, because there’s not many big teams left in it after that, so it’s a good opportunity.”
We are expecting tonight’s game to be a very good game to watch, as indeed most of the games last night were in the Carling Cup.
While we’d love for the lads to get through tonight to the 5th round draw on Saturday lunch-time, we will not be particularly heart-broken if they don’t make it, but we’d love to see another terrific performance from our younger players tonight.
It’s a great chance for the teenagers to show us all what they can do against another top-class side.