Alan Pardew has today praised the efforts in the last few games, of Leon Best and Peter Lovenkrands, as they have stepped in for the injured Shola Ameobi and the departed Andy Carroll.
Leon Best – after scoring with great header at Birmingham
It’s likely that Alan will start the same side at home to Bolton on Saturday, that rather easily beat Birmingham away last Tuesday night, and we fully expect Best and Lovenkrands to start that game, even though Shola Ameobi should be fit enough to play in his protective mask this Saturday.
Both lads scored early in each half last Tuesday evening and both goals were excellent opportunist efforts from the two strikers.
Manager Alan Pardew seems to be very pleased with the way Peter and Leon have gone about the business, and they have certainly worked their socks off for the side in the last couple of games.
Alan Pardew spoke to the Evening Chronicle today:
“You can’t argue with their work-rate – it has been phenomenal.” “That’s all I can ask for as a manager.”
“In some games there haven’t been too many chances created for them. Perhaps at times they haven’t created one or two for themselves. But they work hard.”
“If they keep on doing that the moments will happen in front of goal.” “That’s what we want at home.”
“You look at the West Ham game when we won 5-0 and the moments happened. They benefited from some great service on the night.”
“They just have to stay strong and, as a manager, you have to stay patient with strikers. And you have to stay patient with the team.”
Pardew also believes that an area of improvement for Newcastle is with their set plays, where most of their goals have come from this season.
But the two goals last week were from open play on the left, with Argentine Jonas Gutierrez producing two excellent crosses to lay on the chances for the strikers.
“We haven’t been at our best from set plays, even though the balls have been coming in. It’s an area we can improve on.”
“We’ve got most of our goals from set plays this season, so it’s something we have to get back to doing well in.”
With Pardew having around 11 days to prepare the team for the home game against Bolton Wanderers come Saturday, you have to think they have practiced those set play again and again …. and again.
And with Bolton just one point above Newcastle, it’s important for the lads to get all 3 points on Saturday, which will take the side up to at least 8th position in the league come Saturday evening.
In the last two seasons 7th position has got that team into the Europa League (Liverpool last season and Fulham in the previous season), so it’s a definite possibility if Newcastle can keep up their decent form of this year.
But of course we’ll be happy enough just to stay in Premier League, but at least the Europa league is something big to strive for through the end of this season.
Howay The Lads!!