Newcastle Strikers Have Done The Job Since Andy Carroll Left

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.

Comments welcome.

20 comments so far

  • daneevz

    Apr 5, 2011 at 9:57 AM

    Comment #1

    according to we lining up a bid for V.Moses from wigan

  • Billy1985

    Apr 5, 2011 at 9:58 AM

    Comment #2

    one man doesnt make a team. AC did have the eye for goal but to be honest i can see him being a bit like james beattie. not a very good player lol. never really been his biggest fan. the only reasonhe scored so many times last season was because it was a lower league. james beattie had an amazing season with southampton one season but done nothing for most of his career. whats he done for liverpool just made a massive dint in the transfer funds and wage bill and only scored for england once which was a great strike but a little luck too with it going through the defenders legs. our forwards have done the job just wish people would lay off them a little. we are 9th which is much higher than i thought we would be. they are doing our team proud come on the toon

  • Thump

    Apr 5, 2011 at 10:00 AM

    Comment #3

    Has Moses had much time this season? We should have had him last season though.

  • cyrus

    Apr 5, 2011 at 10:04 AM

    Comment #4

    I don’t think Lovenkrands & Ameobi is good enough!

  • Dude

    Apr 5, 2011 at 10:26 AM

    Comment #5

    Carroll has been quality since he left. No goals in 5. Just what we wanted.

  • Indian Magpie

    Apr 5, 2011 at 10:27 AM

    Comment #6

    No They Have not, Blanks against Stoke, Blackburn not good.

  • sweendog

    Apr 5, 2011 at 10:32 AM

    Comment #7

    andy who??

  • wynsleap

    Apr 5, 2011 at 10:32 AM

    Comment #8

    Shola is too injury prone, Best is not good enough (despite his recent little flurry) and both Nolan and Lovenkrands will not score as many goals next time round.
    Of course we need strikers – at least two – and pretty decent ones, if we wish to progress next season.

  • Dude

    Apr 5, 2011 at 10:40 AM

    Comment #9

    we do need replacements. i think we have too many average strikers. would keep ranger for l-t, but it’s a bit of a toss-up between the other 3. shola has improved, but he is too often injured. would lose him and stick with lovenkrands. we need 2 decent newcomers though, one of whom is already proven.

  • geoff777

    Apr 5, 2011 at 10:44 AM

    Comment #10

    We were a quality striker light before the disgraceful sale of our home grown England centre forward.

    Remember all the Robbie Keane links in January?

    The squad was small and lacking pace and fire power before Pardew and Ashley got their 30 million pieces of silver.

    This club is going nowhere with these greedy casino pals in charge.

    Any talent we produce will be sold.
    Any dreams of team building and ambition went with Carroll to Liverpool.


  • Team0Asprilla

    Apr 5, 2011 at 11:00 AM

    Comment #11

    I hope you’re joking Ed when you say Lova has ‘class’??????????????

  • cousto

    Apr 5, 2011 at 11:20 AM

    Comment #12

    “disgraceful sale of our home grown England centre forward”?

    Let it go mate, he put in the transfer request. AC and his agent tried to put the club over a barrel as they knew what Liverpool was offering. It backfired and they took the money, now he has the weight of being the most expensive english forward ever, and the expectations of the ‘love you today turn on you tomorrow’ scouse nation to deal with. Hopefully we’ll stick another 3 past them later this month and overtake them in the league

  • Dude

    Apr 5, 2011 at 11:39 AM

    Comment #13

    exactly cousto. greedy over-rated judas. the next james beattie cashing in quick cos he knows his own limitations. fear he will score against us but not long till scousers get restless.

  • ytz

    Apr 5, 2011 at 12:06 PM

    Comment #14

    Glad to see Lovenkrands score for Newcastle, but sadly he isn’t good enough for first team.

    Although I have to say his goal against Wolves was a clever exploit of the offside trap lol….

  • JP...from The Rock

    Apr 5, 2011 at 12:06 PM

    Comment #15

    Yup Dude and Cousto, Judas is too overrated and will be found out. The pressure of the massive price tag will weigh heavily on his shoulders. He will be caught out and then be on the bench. We will sign class in the summer and hammer Liverpool next season with Ben Arfa and co!

  • ytz

    Apr 5, 2011 at 12:12 PM

    Comment #16

    Judas is simply a plan B, just like Peter Crouch when he was in Liverpool. Liverpool 1-touch football just isn’t his style, and he will bring down the team instead.

    Which is awesome.

  • AndyMac

    Apr 5, 2011 at 1:22 PM

    Comment #17

    “People will always look and say we are low on strikers”

    No Mr Nomark we’re not short of strikers just quality ones thanks to you and your buddy the Fatman. Even Routledge could have scored one or two but we all know what happened to him. Discarded without any thought of replacing him.

    If we get through this season and we’re still in the BPL at the end of it, I’m going to start going to church because clearly miracles still do happen 🙂

  • cupiddstunt

    Apr 5, 2011 at 4:11 PM

    Comment #18

    I think I am detecting a little bit of spite coming through there billy1985,

    Quote “the only reasonhe scored so many times last season was because it was a lower league

    What about better than one goal every other game in the prem? That’s not exactly shoddy scoring.

    At international level played two scored one, why don’t you think before you type.

    Shearer’s record at the toon was just shy of one goal every other game at club and country

    Carrolls record at the toon was one goal every other game for club and country so how can you slag his performance????

    Pick your dummy up wipe it off and stop being a cry baby.

    He’s gone so get on with it.

  • cupiddstunt

    Apr 5, 2011 at 4:26 PM

    Comment #19

    As for the rest of you lot slagging the management over the AC fiasco, according to what I read and heard it went a little like this.

    Carroll gets offered a new five year deal snaps it up claims he is “living the dream you cannot wipe the smile of his face.

    Three months later slitherpool start making noises and AC gets wind of what wages they are looking to offer so he is back at the office door trying to force another contract through.

    Three months after getting a new contract he is after another big hike there is only one place to put the blame here and it is not at the feet of the board, it lies fairly and squarely between slitherpool turning his head and AC getting greedy.

    If you think I got that chronologically wrong then show me otherwise so stop being a bunch of bellends and start reading the words and not just looking at the pictures.

  • AndyMac

    Apr 5, 2011 at 8:28 PM

    Comment #20

    Bellend says:

    “If you think I got that chronologically wrong then show me otherwise so stop being a bunch of bellends and start reading the words and not just looking at the pictures”

    “There are none so blind as those who will not see”

    How many fans out there genuinely believe the club’s bullshlt ? Bellend clearly cant be the only one ?


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