Lovenkrands played a different role on Sunday to what he normally plays, as Newcastle packed their midfield so that they were not over-run by Chelsea and it worked very well.
Jonas Gutierrez celebrates – hours and hours of practice paid off
The team selection was a bit puzzling at first with both Shane Ferguson and Jonas Gutierrez starting the game, but Newcastle essentially played in a 4-5-1 formation with Peter Lovenkrands and Jonas Gutierrez both in midfield.
We thought both of them put in very good shifts for the side in unfamiliar roles on Sunday.
Peter talked about his role:
“It wasn’t my normal role, and it was some shift I had to put in against Ashley Cole,” “But I’ve done a similar thing at Chelsea before with José Bosingwa and I knew I was capable of doing well.”
“It worked well for the team – Simmo (Danny Simpson) did a fantastic job of covering for me when he had to.” “It’s been a fantastic season for me,” “A lot of things have happened with the club, and a few injuries have given me a chance to play.”
“I think I’ve taken that chance and justified my place. I think I’ve shown great commitment and I’m really proud of the way my season has gone.” “I just hope I can be involved as much next season and prove to people again they can rely on me.”
“It’s a nice way to see the season out,” “Going into the final game of the season with safety assured, you would have taken that all day. But we want to be sending the fans away on holiday with a good result and a good performance. You don’t want to be ending on a low.”
It was a good goal by Jonas from a Ryan Taylor free kick on Sunday, that got Newcastle right back into the game, after going a goal behind in just the second minute.
And it looked like the Chelsea defense were completely fooled by the set play, when Jonas seemed to turn away from the ball, which hit him on the side and then flew into the back of the net, completely wrong footing goalkeeper Cech.
To any but the very well schooled in football strategy and set plays, it may have looked like a very lucky goal, but no, it was the hours and hours of practice at the Benton training field which finally paid off (obviously). 😀
Jonas Gutierrez made sure the referee knew it was his goal on the way back to the center circle, which was his third goal of the season.
But there’s a saying that fortune favors the brave, and Newcastle got that bit of fortune on Sunday afternoon- with a brave and spirited performance – and they thoroughly deserved it.
Now to finish the season off on a high against an in-form West Brom side on Sunday – and maybe another well worked goal from a set play.