Shola Ameobi got most of the plaudits for Newcastle’s fine attacking display on Saturday, but Peter Lovenkrands also had a good game.
Peter Lovenkrands scoring Newcastle’s 3rd goal on Saturday
Lovenkrands has done well on Tyneside, ever since he arrived two years last January, as a free agent from Bundesliga club Schalke 04.
His record at Newcastle is good, and in 66 appearances for the club he has 24 goals, and for this season he has 5 goals in 22 appearances.
Peter has that vital thing called class, and he has the skill to put the ball into the back of the net with his head, and with either foot.
Indeed last season he scored a great hat-trick made up of a header, and a goal put in with either foot.
And since he cost nothing, it’s hard to argue he’s not been an excellent acquisition for the club, and of course last season he scored 16 goals in 32 appearances for the Magpies – not too bad at all.
Peter has helped to fill the gap left by the untimely departure of Andy Carroll in January, and so have Leon Best and Shola Ameobi, and of course a certain Kevin Nolan keeps banging in those goals when it matters most, just like he did on Saturday.
Alan Pardew will be bringing in at least one out-and-out striker this summer, and maybe a winger or two, but Lovenkrands thinks the current strikers have shown the manager what they can do, as he talked about their contribution today:
“People will always look and say we are low on strikers and that the manger will be looking to bring in new strikers during the summer, that is inevitable.”
“But as long as we improve and win games that is all that we can think about here now.”“As long as we stay in this league, that is the aim.”
“I don’t know if we have to keep reminding the manager, I think he knows what we stand for.” “We just have to concentrate on our own game and then it is up to him who he wants to keep.”
“If what we do is not good enough then that is down to him, but the boys have taken over on the scoring front well since.”
“Andy left. Leon was fantastic before he was injured, Shola will always score goals and he has been, while I have been chipping in too.” “It has been crucial.”
There’s no doubt that the strikers at the club have all stepped up to the plate since Andy Carroll was injured in late December at Tottenham, and had already played his last game for his home town club.
In the 13 games played this year, since that Tottenham game, Newcastle have scored 21 goals and conceded 18, so the goals for is not too bad at all , and of course in our two previous games before Saturday the side leaked 6 goals to Everton and Stoke City, which was not good.
While Newcastle are still not safe, it would be nice to be able to get a second win running at Aston Villa on Saturday, but Alan Pardew will have his work cut out to field a decent side.
Tiote and Nolan are both suspended, Stephen Ireland is disqualified from playing against his own club, and Leon Best is still not available, because of his ankle injury.
Maybe the only good news is that Ryan Taylor is available again, following his 3 match suspension.
But a win on Saturday would be terrific, and would surely make Newcastle safe for the season.