Things At Newcastle Totally Different From Two Years Ago


Peter Lovenkrands was one of the players who was happy to stay with Newcastle, after the relegation of two years ago.

Peter Lovenkrands – in action at Stoke

And Peter helped the club out of a huge hole, after the club was relegated form the Premier League for the first time ever in 2009.

Joe Kinnear signed Peter Lovenkrands in January of 2009, on a free transfer from Schalke 04, and it was a short-term 6 months deal.

That deal was surprisingly not renewed until the last day of the transfer window in August of 2009, and subsequently it took Peter some time to get going in the Championship, but once 2010 came around he started to score goals for fun.

Peter is one of those players who stayed loyal to the club, and got Newcatsle out of a terrible mess, and those players will not be forgotten.

The players that left the club have already been forgotten.

Peter has said today that things are a lot different now, than they were two years ago, and this is what he said:

“It is totally different to last time. I was here then and you can’t compare the two situations,”“The boys this time know what needs to get done.”

“A lot of them have been through it before and won’t let us get dragged back into it.”  “We’re all well up for it and we’re working so hard in training to make sure that we don’t get involved in things there.”

“People have mentioned the team spirit from last year and it is still there. That will be a big thing because you need big characters when you’ve had a bit of a bad run of form.”

“Two years ago it was very different. We have a few injuries but nothing like as bad as it was then – plus we have the team spirit to get ourselves out of trouble.”

There are a number of sides that are potential relegation candidates, with Newcastle 11th in the league at the moment,  and just 4 points above the drop zone, and that’s really 5 points because of our good goal difference, compared to the rest of the sides involved.

And the talk of European qualification has been stopped, since the Newcastle team gained only a single point from their last three league games.

Peter continued:

“I don’t think we were ever looking at Europe in the first place. Maybe other people were,”

“Our focus was always to stay in the division – that was always our goal. Finishing any higher than that was always going to be a bonus.”

For the record, last season Peter scored 16 goals in 32 appearances for Newcastle and now has a total of 23 goals in 65 appearances for the Tyneside club – not too bad for a free transfer.

This season Peter has 4 goals in 21 appearances, but let’s hope he an add to that total of goals before the end of the season.

And with any luck at all,  the lads will be able to do that – and secure the club’s safety sooner rather then later.

That will help with the nerves of most Newcastle fans, including me.

😀

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46 comments so far

  • beefman13

    Mar 27, 2011 at 1:09 PM

    Comment #1

    Lets not forget that loven has put in a great shift for the toon and was not far off being our top scorer last year that should not ever be forgotten, i still feel he is the best partner for leon at the toon especially at home, he has an excellent football brain were as shola for me is to selfish as a striker to be a good partner and nile is still raw but progressing, i know strikers are selfish by nature but you have got to have the nous to see where your partner is at times and shola would rather blast the ball against a defenders legs than look for a pass to his striking partner, i have noticed this many times and that is were loven is differant and better in my opinion he would look up to see were other players are!

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  • ytz

    Mar 27, 2011 at 1:16 PM

    Comment #2

    @ beefman13

    Yeah. I remember a couple of times Lovenkrands would have been through on goal if Ameobi manage to thread a simple through pass even a 10 year old can do!

    Instead, Shola will stroll around with the ball and there goes a clear cut chance.

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  • supermacnumber9

    Mar 27, 2011 at 1:22 PM

    Comment #3

    Xisco – keep forgetting about him
    at a time when our backs are to the wall why is he not here (if only for cover)? same for willo.
    I assume its because AP has written him (them) off and trying to save salary money – in which case I think that is a poor management judgement – yes sell but no to loan – we need the men now!

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  • beefman13

    Mar 27, 2011 at 1:25 PM

    Comment #4

    ytz, i would start with leon and loven against wolves its got a nice ring to it anyway ha ha, i suppose loven can go missing in games as well but its vital we see and take as many opportunities as we can against wolves and the link up play with L&L could prove the key to unlocking the wolves defence.

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  • supermacnumber9

    Mar 27, 2011 at 1:27 PM

    Comment #5

    for example
    get our six points in the bag – then play xisco and ranger upfront together – give them a chance, if it doesn’t work fine replace them

    xisco kid & loan ranger – unfortunately sounds like a pair of cowboys, but give them a chance

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  • supermacnumber9

    Mar 27, 2011 at 1:31 PM

    Comment #6

    crystal palace used to play flannagan & allan up front & that worked despite the jokes about a pair of comedians

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  • GeordieGerman

    Mar 27, 2011 at 1:38 PM

    Comment #7

    supermacnumber9, has Xisco been recalled?

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  • ToonBry

    Mar 27, 2011 at 1:58 PM

    Comment #8

    Anyone here heard of Fernando Llorente?? Cracking player and he’s MASSIVE!! Good on the ball and amazing in the air. Would be a brilliant buy but doubt we could get him

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  • WWJBD

    Mar 27, 2011 at 2:06 PM

    Comment #9

    xisco got crocked in his first match for deportivo i think, broke his leg from what i heard.
    I’d like to see him get a chance but i really doubt he will, i think there is more to the story of him going out on loan than what has been let on….maybe a disiplinary issue coming from him?

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  • Rotonda heights

    Mar 27, 2011 at 2:24 PM

    Comment #10

    supermac

    you’ve mentioned willo a coupe of times. do you mean routledge ?

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  • jidenufc

    Mar 27, 2011 at 2:41 PM

    Comment #11

    Hey Ed dont you think we should focus more on survival this season.sheffield united were in the same situation as ours the last time.with nine games to go they had 36 points and failed to win any of the remaining games and got relegated.im afraid ,very afriad……

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  • WWJBD

    Mar 27, 2011 at 2:50 PM

    Comment #13

    jidenufc dont be afraid of relegation come on, i truely believe we wont go down. wolves lost their star striker, birmingham are shocking, wigan are worse, blackburn are well blackburn, blackpool cant defend for toffee, villa are underachieving, west brom just love to draw and west ham have many issues

    i cant see us going down

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  • supermacnumber9

    Mar 27, 2011 at 3:21 PM

    Comment #14

    Rotonda heights – sorry, yes routlege, I’m allowed the odd senior moment

    xisco – I thought he was back here for treatment, but I missed any report of a broken leg – that would explain why he doesn’t appear to be playing anywhere

    people wages report – wages cut by £21m – you know I must admit there are big improvements at this club – pity public relations are cr@p – I have a suspicion AP was chosen because he was a pal with the gift of the gab, but he says a lot without saying anything, perhaps he can be pinned down on the monday phone in!

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  • supermacnumber9

    Mar 27, 2011 at 3:30 PM

    Comment #15

    xisco – after a good game against villa he hasn’t played for us since but should have – but I remember something about his fee being in stages (a dennis wise fiasco) and we may need to pay another £3m to keep him (after a 3m deposit) – so possibly we have decided he’s not worth the extra 3m – if thats the case fair enough, but if we forked out 6m then I expect to see something for it

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  • jaw4life

    Mar 27, 2011 at 3:43 PM

    Comment #16

    Newcastle United lodge a £35mn bid for Brazalian Star Neymar!
    woooooo!
    haha

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  • Partizan

    Mar 27, 2011 at 3:44 PM

    Comment #17

    WWJBD…

    wolves lost their star striker, birmingham are shocking, wigan are worse, blackburn are well blackburn, blackpool cant defend for toffee, villa are underachieving, west brom just love to draw and west ham have many issues

    We also lost a striker(Carroll),YES,we are shocking sometimes,we cant be worse from 4-0 from Stoke,we cant defend either,ok Villa is underachiving,but that can turn around maybe against us,we also love to draw at home,and yeesss,,we have many issues too.

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  • arcarius

    Mar 27, 2011 at 4:12 PM

    Comment #18

    @jaw4life

    hahaha that would be a crazy signing, this guy is like the next robinho, maybe even better

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  • GeordieGerman

    Mar 27, 2011 at 4:41 PM

    Comment #19

    Off subject, but can anyone help me? I start a new job tomorrow and it’s shift work. Anyone got any good sites for repeats?

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  • WWJBD

    Mar 27, 2011 at 5:13 PM

    Comment #20

    @partizan
    we had a far better stay to the league then wolves and we have more than one goal threat (best, nolan, barton, gutti, shola, tiote and collo). we are shocking at times but i cant remember seeing birmingham have a good game this season. u really think wigan are better than us? come on!
    i disagree that our defence is bad, when we have the set back four (simmo, willo,collo and el toro) we are pretty good when they have confidence.
    villa can turn it around but i dont see it happening to great effect (they wont go down but they wont be top half of the table in my opinion).
    we hate to drawn at home! we love to lose haha but we have been decent on the road imo.
    we arent a one man team like west ham so i think our issues pail in comparison

    just my opinions there

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  • Billy1985

    Mar 27, 2011 at 5:25 PM

    Comment #21

    go in for ruud he is top class striker even for his age he will score the goals wherever he goes why not god knows how shola got passed his first season with the club never mind being scouted by us. best is doing a good job along with peter lov who i think has got a brilliant footballing brain, nile should go and xisco

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  • boztoon

    Mar 27, 2011 at 5:27 PM

    Comment #22

    Im happy to see all the doom n gloom merchants are not about today it feels great reading comments n people being happy n positive.May it long continue.Howay the lads

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  • WWJBD

    Mar 27, 2011 at 5:32 PM

    Comment #23

    @supermacnumber9
    imust apologise it wasent a broken leg (that was a initial guess from when it happened and the report i read) xisco has a tear in the abductor muscle and is set to return to training soon

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  • coolcatcarter89

    Mar 27, 2011 at 6:27 PM

    Comment #24

    Take a step back, just imagine:

    GK – Forster/ Harper
    RB – Simpson/Jonas/Gosling
    LB – Enrique/ V.Aanholt
    CB – Wilo/Upson
    CB – Colo/Saylor
    CDM – Tiote/Matuidi
    CM – Barton/Gosling
    CM – Wijnaldum/Nolan
    LWF – Ben Arfa/Jonas/Ferguson
    RWF – Gervinho/Jonas/Lua-Lua
    ST – ?????? (top striker £10-12m)/?????? (hot prospect)/ ?????? (freebie eg. Klose, Ruud V.N/ Best.

    Sure, that would be a 4-1-2-3, but with those players at your disposal there would be plenty of flexibility with regards to formation.

    Ideally, send Krul, Kadar, Tavernier, Vuckic, Lua-Lua, Ferguson, Ranger and others out on loan, enabling us to recall a few of them immediately, some being used as a deal sweetner.

    Anyone that is currently here, that I haven’t already mentioned, sell.

    That’s my optimistic summer! 🙂

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  • chuck

    Mar 27, 2011 at 7:36 PM

    Comment #25

    Lovenkrands has had a poor season and is contributing little to the side.
    He stayed with the club not unlike a few others, mainly because it provided a paycheck, you really have to stop this loyalty nonsense (see Andy Carroll) and deal with the reality of the situation.
    I for one see a lot of similarity between the relegated side and the present one.
    Mainly they both had managers who were clueless and grasped at straws, their heads were down and were in a state of disarray.
    It took a man with a plan (Hughton) to mold them into a confident side that ran riot in the second tier and had an unbeaten season at St. James.
    Course our two geniuses wanted a bigger name, well careful what you wish for, a bigger name in what, failure as a manager ? cause that`s his forte`.
    I will be very happy if we survive the drop, but would`nt bet on it.
    Being we have the making of a decent side, that is as long as we sign some additional quality signings.
    Cant wait to see BA, Ireland and others plus hopefully we can use Gosling to fill in for Tiote , whenever he`s out.
    All it takes is for us to win two or three games, are we up for it ?

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  • buda boom

    Mar 27, 2011 at 9:00 PM

    Comment #26

    There is no way Lovenkrands can start next week. Please take all the sentimental stuff out from last year and judge it purely on a football basis he is useless.
    Lets also remember the bulk of this squad got us relegated and this year we are in the relegation scrap once again. Please dont think two or three signings will turn us into a top ten side it is going to take a massive investment.

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  • davis_toons

    Mar 27, 2011 at 9:15 PM

    Comment #27

    http://www.goal.com/en/people/spain/18166/xisco

    I dont know how others were rated but that’s how goal.com rated him.

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  • davybtoon

    Mar 27, 2011 at 9:16 PM

    Comment #28

    chuck ya talking out ya ass there houghton man with a plan u havin a laugh anyone n everyone can see that nolan, barton n smith brought in the confidence to the club n dragged us back up off the floor n brought us pride, hoots great coach not a great manager thats why he aint got a job yet, its well known nolan ran the show while houghton was in charge. pardew is a been great since he has been here apart from that shambles at stoke.
    i dont know what some of u are watching sometimes were mid table bcoz weve been half decent this season weve got abit fight about us i can only remember 5 or 6 games were weve been shocking stoke(a), wba(a), bolton(a), everton(h) n blackburn(h)
    we beat wolves on sat everyone will be talkin bout finishing seventh n if we win we go above the scum who hav supposedly had a mint season so poor are really, stop the doom mongering get beheind the lads n if wigan,blackpool,birmingham,wolves,westham, blackburn n villa n fulham are all better than us as some seem to think why not sitting smack bottom of the table

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  • The Power Ranger

    Mar 27, 2011 at 9:19 PM

    Comment #29

    ToonBry- Yes i have heard of him but unfortunately he is way out of our league and will probably end up at Madrid next season.
    Next season i feel we need a powerful dominant centre half that will win headers in both boxes, e.g. Samba. Didn’t Blackburn get him for like 750k or something like that? there has to be some more like him out there. We also need at least 2 strikers and 2 wingers as well as a centre mid possibly.

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  • davis_toons

    Mar 27, 2011 at 9:25 PM

    Comment #30

    xisco – 6–0 home win against Aston Villa on 22 August, setting up Carroll for his hat-trick in the 90th minute

    I only saw a few time of him playing. But im not so sure is he really that bad?

    But this is another problem for xisco .

    “reported initial fee of £5.7 million, although the fee could eventually rise to £7 million subject to conditions”

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  • davis_toons

    Mar 27, 2011 at 9:26 PM

    Comment #31

    So for now i assume that xisco fees is still at £5.7 million

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  • davybtoon

    Mar 27, 2011 at 9:31 PM

    Comment #32

    great shout that samba would be outstanding signing

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  • Charlietoon

    Mar 27, 2011 at 10:12 PM

    Comment #33

    Why is it always that the fans who demand loyalty and genuine team spirit from the players are the first to say lets get rid of em they are useless.

    I dont think Mclovin is as good as he used to be but I still think he is the smartest striker we have. He’s scored one in three and was with us when we needed him. The few months when his father had passed and he came back to score was a MASSIVE part of the building of our team spirit. It’s those moments that make a team not just winning.

    Chuck – “He stayed with the club not unlike a few others, mainly because it provided a paycheck, you really have to stop this loyalty nonsense (see Andy Carroll) and deal with the reality of the situation”

    Chuck what sort of player do you want? Someone who comes in and says ” St James or St Andrews it doesn’t matter. NUFC are paying the most so I will work hardest for them”. It does not work that way. Those sort of players never work out but someone who appreciates a chance and wants to work will always add more to the team than a sulky superstar like Adebeyor or Robhino.

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  • sweendog

    Mar 27, 2011 at 11:02 PM

    Comment #34

    Charlietoon .. well said .. roll on next week and prem safety after the team show they deserve to be in the premiership..

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  • supermacnumber9

    Mar 27, 2011 at 11:13 PM

    Comment #35

    I see rangers want smith – thank him for help in the championship and buy him a single to glasgow

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  • AndyE93

    Mar 27, 2011 at 11:26 PM

    Comment #36

    I’d give Smith a piggy back all the way to Glasgow if that was actually true. Probably not true as Rangers are in financial ruins atm and wouldn’t be able to get anywhere near his current wages, not that he deserves that!

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  • beefman13

    Mar 27, 2011 at 11:35 PM

    Comment #37

    supermacnumber9, without doubt smith needs to go along with guthrie we have to move forward and these two would be the start for me. thank them for there services and adios!

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  • supermacnumber9

    Mar 28, 2011 at 12:59 AM

    Comment #38

    I’ve just checked the bookies odds on relegation – stop worrying, with these guys money if king and they have us as rank outsiders of 10-1 – sleep easy, night all
    HWTL

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  • baro

    Mar 28, 2011 at 2:27 AM

    Comment #39

    Since Tiote is out suspended next 2 games and Ferguson is looking lively on the left side I’d do this. If enrique is fit.

    …………………………….Harper………………………….

    Simpson…….Willo………………..Colo…….Enrique

    Jonas………….Barton…………Nolan…….Ferguson

    …………………….Best…………..Ameobi………………

    SECOND HALF:

    ……………………………Harper……………………………

    Simpson…….Willo………………..Colo……..Enrique

    Jonas………….Barton…………Ireland……Ferguson

    …………………….Best……………Ranger……………….

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  • baro

    Mar 28, 2011 at 3:16 AM

    Comment #40

    You’ll have a good laugh at this picture once you take a look. I certainly thought it was two Newcastle 14 or 15 year old kids. Michael Richardson and Shane Ferguson. I have to say Michael Richardson looks like a Paul Scholes, and looks really tall, he is still only 18 years old.

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/40191515@N05/5555894336/

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