Time For Lovenkrands And Best To Produce On The Pitch

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.

Lovenkrands added:

“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.

Comments welcome.

18 comments so far

  • darthkir

    Feb 14, 2011 at 11:13 AM

    Comment #1

    I dont understand when ppl keep blaming on Mcloven when the tactic employed was clearly doesnt fit his style. He is not Andy for god sake, dont cross high ball for him. Find other way instead please Pardew!

  • darthkir

    Feb 14, 2011 at 11:13 AM

    Comment #2

    Wow, I was the 1st!

  • Thump

    Feb 14, 2011 at 11:14 AM

    Comment #3

    I hate to say it but I think lover found his level in the CCC (NPC now isn’t it?). He is never going to score anywhere near what AC has scored this year and he knows it.

    Thanks for the goals but you just aren’t producing this season.

  • G

    Feb 14, 2011 at 11:34 AM

    Comment #4

    I don’t know why everybody was so down on Lover & Best at the weekend. Sure, they were not great, but neither were the rest of the team. Blackburn were dreadful and made us look good at times. Their job was to frustrate our front pairing, and they did that very well, and on any other day, lady luck would have smiled and some of those rare shots would have went in. It was that kind of day for Blackburn too, so we should just be grateful for that. Best & Lover are both more than decent forwards. I would stick with the same front 2 at Birmingham for the very reason, that on any other day, they would have probs scored.

  • BiffBaffBoff

    Feb 14, 2011 at 11:56 AM

    Comment #5

    Agreed Thump, hes not cut out for this level, why doesnt Pardew just start with Ranger, just look at Wilshire last season and now Sturridge playing at Bolton, if given playing time in the PL the young players will eventually produce and produce consistently and I think Ranger has the potential to be better than Sturridge.

  • ramboreilly

    Feb 14, 2011 at 12:10 PM

    Comment #6

    we have only just come up from the championship,we are bound to still have some players from that level.best,loven,perch,will look ok inthe championship,but will never be deccent premier league players no matter who they play for.newcastle are as good as they are going to get.they will all go in the summer.

  • Stevo

    Feb 14, 2011 at 12:10 PM

    Comment #7

    Give him a break. He was unlucky not to get a goal on Saturday. It was a great chip and would have been a lovely goal if it had been a tad lower and you’d all be singing his praises today.

  • toonoholic

    Feb 14, 2011 at 12:25 PM

    Comment #8

    its funny how people think we have a goal scoring crisis, just after we put 4 past arsenal last weekend.

  • jimmymagpie

    Feb 14, 2011 at 12:36 PM

    Comment #9

    I’m sick of wankers like Lovenkrands trying to justify themselves in the press. He never has been and never will be a Premier League player, and because of the likes of him, this club is still in big danger of going down. Oh, and wasn’t he around doing bugger all the last time we went down?

  • Gateshead-Mag

    Feb 14, 2011 at 12:39 PM

    Comment #10

    iv got massive respect for what lovenkrands has done for us, last season especially, even this season when hes on hes got fantastic workrate, best also puts the work in but fact is they are not premiership players in my opinion same with routlege, excellent players in the championship but find it hard to make the step up

  • jesperfuglsang

    Feb 14, 2011 at 12:40 PM

    Comment #11

    Sure they need to produce goals, but our main problem is not that Løvenkrans or Best doesn’t score goals, it’s the fact that we haven’t been able to change or style of play to fit the likes of Løvenkrans and Best. We cannot keep playing the same way we did when Carroll was here.

    Løvenkrans has shown us he has a nack for scoring goals in the Championship. I hope Ranger comes through, but we have to be carefull with him; if we put to much pressure on him we might ruin him. I remember back when we bought Jon Dahl Tomasson and Shearer got long term injuries. We through him in to the lions and we all know what happened.

    I think we need to adapt to a one striker formation ala Arsenal. With Arfa and Ireland coming back from injuries it should be clear to everyone.

  • liam85

    Feb 14, 2011 at 12:44 PM

    Comment #12

    Fans of Newcastle, stop taking it out on Lovenkrands… He nearly did score against Blackburn on Saturday. You have to remember, how many games has Lovenkrands played this season? Good players spend a lot of time on the pitch, they get usedto the game. Lovenkrands has not played that much this season. he needs to play again on Tuesday. I have faith in our strikers because we have no other choice.. why don’t we all just have faith and support our team instead of bitching about them!

  • jimmymagpie

    Feb 14, 2011 at 12:51 PM

    Comment #13

    Ed – my submissions not welcome any more?

  • Sinner

    Feb 14, 2011 at 1:33 PM

    Comment #14

    Lovenkrands has always been better than Best.(In terms of scoring)
    Best,imo is a championship player at Best.He was rarely scoring in that division.
    Keep on playing Lovenkrands,goals will come.
    I know he can be lazy and completely anonymous at times but he knows how to score.
    And thats what makes a striker!
    Take a look at Nistelrooy,he was lazy as hell but he knew how to take his chance.

  • USGeordie

    Feb 14, 2011 at 3:14 PM

    Comment #15

    @darthkir and jesperfuglsang.

    I completely agree. Hughton I think understood this with regards to Loven and Best. I agree Loven is better than Best, but both can play very well together. There have been countless times when Loven is on the field where I see him making a run and he’s wide open through the middle, he just needs a quality throughball and he’s in. The mids either don’t see it, or don’t want to play it and it goes out wide for a cross into the middle where both Best and Loven are ineffective.

    It’s not the strikers we have, they can score goals in any league. It’s the style of play we have right now does not fit them. We have always been dependent on tall strikers to use as a target man. We’ve never been a good, flowing, ground passing, through ball team. That’s down to management and coaching.

  • BiffBaffBoff

    Feb 14, 2011 at 3:20 PM

    Comment #16

    Sinner – How can you say Lovern is better than Best? Just look at this seasons stats…

    Best has played 10 PL games total in his career and scored 4 goals, all this season in 7 appearences and that should have been 5 goals but for the offside goal vs arsenal
    Lovern has played 25 PL games total in his career and has scored 5 goals…

    Best has another advantage in the fact that hes younger then Lovern, Lovern found his level in the CCC last season and even then, he rarely performed away from home and was only good at home…where as Best had started last season with Coventry in good form before his move and injuries…

  • Sinner

    Feb 14, 2011 at 4:44 PM

    Comment #17

    Mate,Lovenkrands is better.
    In championship,lovenkrands scored around 16 goals in 25-30 matches.
    And in 11 matches,Best scored none!

    Now in Premier league level,Best did scored 4 goals!
    3 from West Ham,had you seen that match,the hammers was terrible in defence!Even the pundit was saying how awful they was in marking the strikers!
    Im not saying that Best wont be scoring coming the end of the season,but he will have really little of them under his belt.
    Beside,did Best had any shot on target against Blackburn?
    It might be that Best is younger,but i really doubt he would improve!

    What makes a good striker?
    Speed(pace),technique,dribbling,eye for goal,heading and maybe even power!

    Dont know if Best has one these attributes?!

  • GeordieTwo

    Feb 14, 2011 at 11:34 PM

    Comment #18

    Best’s first few steps are extremely slow. He could have had a sitter against Blackburn but couldn’t adjust to the ball. He is also terrible in the air for a man his size. He balloons every high ball over the net. Start Ranger with Best (Peter is ineffective in this division) and bring on Kuqi late. That’s the best we have to offer up front I hate to say. Shame on the owner who needed to buy a striker long before Carroll left let alone after. Now we need 2. Will we get decent players in the summer? I have strong doubts.


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