Peter Lovenkrands has appeared only 14 times with 3 goals for Newcastle so far this season, with 10 of those appearances being in the Premier League.
Peter Lovenkrands – lads are playing fantastically well right now
Peter probably would have liked to have played more games for the Magpies this term, but it doesn’t stop him from being enthusiastic about how Newcastle have performed so far this season.
Newcastle have 8 points from their four league games so far in 2011, and of course we could so easily have had 12 points and a clean sheet in each one of those games.
Peter mentioned what we all know, that the players (and fans too) are upset about those two results, in which the lads conceded an injury time equalizer in both games.
Peter said today:
“I think at the moment we are playing fantastically and I think we have exceeded expectations so far,”“I don’t think many people thought we’d be seventh or eighth in the table with half the season gone.”
“We are playing some great football and some really entertaining football, but we have dropped points we shouldn’t have done.”
“Maybe that shows how far we have come, we are actually disappointed with how many points we have got, especially after the last couple of games. Maybe we are still a bit naive at times.”
“The Tottenham game was very similar to the Sunderland match and it is very frustrating to concede an equalizer in injury time again. It feels like four points dropped.”
“Going into the two games, we may well have taken that, but looking back on them we should have won them both and we’d be in an excellent position in the table.”
“It feels a bit like a defeat when you concede a late equalizer, but we can’t have that mentality. There were a lot of positives to take from the performances and that is what we need to take with us moving forward.”
Newcastle are not safe from relegation yet, with 30 points from 23 league games, but are now 7 points better off than in the relegation season two years ago, when they had 23 points from the first 23 league games.
But Løvenkrands admitted the squad has even started to talk about doing even more than just surviving in the PL this season, and it would be very nice to get a top 10 finish.
“A few of us went into this season with a point to prove and I think we have done that, but I also feel there is more to come from the team and myself,”
“We have the squad and ability to finish in the top ten and that should be our target now. It is all well and good thinking like that, now we have to prove it.”
“When you take a step back you realize we have out-played two of the teams in the top six for long periods in both games, and that is some achievement when you consider our objectives at the start of the season.”
“Tottenham are a really good side, but in the second half we caused them all sorts of problems going forward with a team which has more than its fair share of injury problems.”
“We’re going away to Portugal but it certainly won’t be a holiday. I think the manager has got double training sessions planned for us and it will just be nice to get away and work outside knowing we aren’t going to have any problems with the weather.”
Newcastle need around 40 points asap, to ensure the club will not be in a relegation dog-fight this season, and maybe that should be the next step in terms of priority.
Wins are what the lads need, which is why it was so upsetting that they have dropped a full 4 points in the last two games after beating Wigan 1-0 away and thumping West Ham 5-0 at home, earlier this year.
Another four wins – quickly – would be very nice.
Peter has appeared 58 times for Newcastle with a good 22 goals, since the former Rangers and Schalke 04 player was signed as a free agent two years ago.