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.
“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.