Newcastle’s Team Spirit A Huge Plus

We’ve been impressed with Peter Lovenkrands this year, because he’s come in and got the job done for Newcatsle, but he’s also showing what a great professional he is.

Peter Lovenkrands challenges Josh McEachran on Sunday

Peter is a team player, and seems willing to play a bit part at Newcastle, as long as he can contribute to the side, which he’s done with some vital goals this year.

Peter has talked today about the great Chelsea result, where a heavily depleted Newcastle side managed to get a 2-2 draw at Stamford Nridge after coming from behind twice:

“The boys did absolutely fantastic at Chelsea,” “It was a real team effort, and to come back in the manner we did after going behind twice was superb.”

“We showed great resilience and team spirit to come back to get a point, and those are things that have been evident through the whole of the season.” “We’ve shown we can go to some of the toughest grounds in the country and get a result.”

“And you don’t do that unless you have a real togetherness and belief in the dressing room. You need that if you’re going to achieve anything.” “We have to make sure we take it into next year. We’ll have a good break, and hopefully there’ll be a couple of new faces to greet us when we come back.”

“Then we can look to do the same things we’ve done this year, because we can be pleased with the progress we’ve made.”

One of the features we’ve just loved about the Newcastle side since the side were relegated two years ago,  is the great team spirit and togetherness at the club.

Credit to Chris Hughton and the senior players for putting it together in the summer of 2009, and in the two seasons since then Newcastle have done just great, with many outstanding  team performances.

And it’s been shown in the Premier League this season, that lesser teams who have that great team spirit and will, can indeed test the top teams in the league who have spent huge amounts of money on their players.

That was one example on Sunday when Newcastle stuck doggedly to their game plan that Alan Pardew and the coaches had put together, and just never gave up – and what we got was a fantastic result.

It was only one point, but you just have to read some of the comments after the game on this site, to see how delighted the Newcastle fans were with the gutsy brave performance.

Peter says quite rightly that the team spirit must be maintained:

“Whoever comes into the club will have to buy into the spirit already here,” “They will learn pretty quickly we’re a team and one of our biggest strengths is the way we stick together.”

“You only have to look at the Chelsea game to see that – some key players were missing, but the rest were determined to do well for the good of the group.” “That won’t disappear in the summer. We’ll come back at the start of pre-season and the spirit will still be there.”

We are big admirers of Peter Lovenkrands, who cost Newcastle nothing when he came to the club in January of 2009.

Peter’s a great example of a solid team player, and in 72 appearances for Newcastle he has 25 goals – which is a record close to that of Michael Owen at Newcastle over the four years Michael was on Tyneside.

That tells you something about the contribution of the Danish striker.

Comments welcome.

12 comments so far

  • boomboomcheick

    May 17, 2011 at 10:32 AM

    Comment #1


  • Markaccus

    May 17, 2011 at 10:36 AM

    Comment #2

    Loven is deffo a player I’d keep in the squad for next year

  • Markaccus

    May 17, 2011 at 10:37 AM

    Comment #3

    And can I claim 1st post, since I actually commented on the article, instead of simply typing “1st” 😀

  • partizanovec

    May 17, 2011 at 10:43 AM

    Comment #4

    Peter Lovenkrands,
    Peter Lovenkrands,
    He signed on a free,
    From Germany,
    Peter Lovenkrands!
    He’s not first team material for me, but might do a job from the bench.

  • Graeme

    May 17, 2011 at 10:43 AM

    Comment #5

    Team spirit is priceless – just look at what the donkey lashers, Blackpool, have achieved almost entirely on team spirit alone!!

    We have it as well, which means ANY player coming in during the summer has to understand it and respect it!! Can some one like Zog do that??

  • daneevz

    May 17, 2011 at 10:50 AM

    Comment #6
  • Markaccus

    May 17, 2011 at 10:59 AM

    Comment #7

    Agreed partizan, as a squad player, as he is back up for forward and wide positions.
    I wonder if we could take zog on some sort of pre contract trial, see if he bonds over summer and if he does, we sign him.

  • Sir Erec

    May 17, 2011 at 11:08 AM

    Comment #8

    At times, Lovenkrands’s running frustrates me, however he is a good squad player. His overhead kick versus Chelsea nearly resulted in a goalscoring chance and perhaps a goal if it was flicked on. Plays like this show that he still has some guile to him, and should definitely be kept. He isn’t on big wages and compared to what we would have to pay for another backup striker of his quality, it would be better financially and for squad morale and cohesion if we held onto him. On his day he is a good finisher.

  • NUFC_Richyg01

    May 17, 2011 at 11:12 AM

    Comment #9

    I think McLoven is a great player to hang on to as a squad player – his wages are sensible.

    He is sensible – he realises he is past his best and is here as a squad player. He’s not a big head who sulks if he is not in the team week-in week-out.

    He can be brought on with his bit of pace and height to stir things up in the last 10-15 mins of a match, and somethimes them types of players are the difference between a win/loose or draw.

  • Geordie Jonny

    May 17, 2011 at 1:03 PM

    Comment #10

    He wasn’t great against Chelsea going forward however he actually got back quite a lot and tried to support Simpson, who was poor again.

  • Elfy_Toon

    May 17, 2011 at 2:23 PM

    Comment #11

    cost nothing, has a good attitude, getting on a bit but can still do a job, has a little pace in him, one of the best technical players we have. Definitely keep a hold of him, he’s great back up and can still be a danger in the last 20 mins when other teams get tired.

  • The Entertainers

    May 17, 2011 at 6:05 PM

    Comment #12

    Hadn’t realised his scoring ratio, which is better than I thought it would be!
    I’m surprised we haven’t used him more on the wing, like at Chelsea.
    Wouldnt mind keeping the lad, he never has a bad word to say and he of course helped us get back to where we belong. He stuck by us, we should stick by him!


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