Leon Best and Peter Lovenkrands have a huge chance to show they both belong at Newcastle, by getting the goals that will see Newcastle to safety this season.
Peter Lovenkrands – hit the cross-bar on Saturday
And both of them were less than impressive on Saturday at Blackburn, but that’s only one game of course, and they’ll have an instant opportunity to do better when Newcastle play at Birmingham tomorrow night.
This is what Peter Lovenkrands said about the game on Saturday:
“We had a lot of the ball going forward, but with the end product, it just didn’t fall for us,”
“There weren’t a lot of chances. We didn’t create that much, despite getting in good positions.”“Everyone will focus on that now that Andy is away. But we’ve got players who can come in and score for us. I got 16 goals last year, that’s only three less than Andy, and I played less games than him.”
“Yes, he’s a big miss, of course. He’s a great player and good luck to him. But we have players here that go and fill his boots. We just need that bit of luck to set us off and I’m sure we’ll be fine.”
“Both me and Leon Best have been waiting on our chance. There’s been a lot of times when we’ve felt we should have been playing, but now we’ve got a chance, we need to go and prove it.”
We’ve been disappointed with Peter Lovenkrands this season, and while he hasn’t been given many chances, now is the time for Peter to produce the goods at Newcastle, along with Leon Best, who are now the top two strikers who are fit at Newcastle.
He’s been an excellent signing for the club, since he arrived for nothing two years ago, and he has some class, so we are hoping Peter can produce the good once again for the Newcastle side.
It was unfortunate that Peter missed that first half chance, but he should really have put the ball into the net, when he was clean through on Paul Robinson in the Blackburn goal.
And Newcastle bossed the game for long periods at Blackburn, and if they can play somewhere near that form tomorrow night, and have a little bit of luck up front, and some sharper finishing, we could get a precious 3 points at Birmingham.
That would be terrific.
“We felt like we should have won the game. We were the better side and should have created more chances. But maybe in a couple of days we’ll look back and think this isn’t a bad point and be happy with it.”
“We had a game plan to put it on them a bit, take it on from the second half against Arsenal when we put them under a lot of pressure. The support we brought was fantastic, we were aware of it outside the ground beforehand.”
“We put on a good performance for them, they encouraged us to go for it. We tried to put them under pressure and it kind of worked.”
Newcastle have an away game at Birmingham followed by a home game against Bolton Wanderers, who are not too good on the road these days, and we look for 6 points from those two games, and we’ll be in a great position in the league, with 38 points and 10 games still to play.
Right now we need some wins, because draws don’t do too much to propel a side up the league, but they’re better than a defeat we know – but just one point better.
People point to Newcastle losing only one game in seven this year, but we have just 10 points, and we’d prefer to have won 4 and lost3, because we’d have taken 12 points.
Birmingham will be confident tomorrow, having won their last two league games 1-0, and they are now just 2 points behind Newcastle on 30 points.
Peter talked about the game tomorrow night:
“They won in the last minute against Stoke, so they’ve got a lot closer to us in the table and they’ve been doing really well at home.”
“It will probably be similar to Blackburn, it will be hard to go and dig something out but we’ll go to try and to do what we’ve done today and be positive.
“The league has been all over the place. You can lose two in a row and you find yourself just above the line.”
“If you can pick up points like we’ve done Saturday, it takes you a long way and hopefully we can keep doing that – and we’ll be fine.”
The next few games will determine whether Newcastle are going for a European place towards the end of the season, or fighting relegation, and certainly there were a lot of positives to take out of the game on Saturday.
Newcastle certainly looked a well drilled side, and as we pointed out last night, we have some very good players returning from injury soon.
But we must go all our for the win tomorrow night, and then we’ll be sitting pretty.