There was a lot of pressure last night on Newcastle’s two strikers Peter Lovenkrands and Leon Best.
Peter Lovenkrands scoring after just two minutes last night
But they worked their socks off for the Newcastle cause at Birmingham to give Newcastle a great win, their 5th of the season on the road in the Premier League.
And of course both players scored important goals at the beginning of each half, and Alan Pardew has already called it a complete performance from his improving side.
Both strikers were under pressure to show they could deliver for the Newcastle side when it mattered, and they showed just that last night, in Newcastle’s wonderful win at a place where the Magpies became only the 5th club in the last two seasons, to come away with all 3 points.
But it wasn’t just the goals that Newcastle manager Alan Pardew was delighted with from his two strikers, but their overall play for the side.
This is what Alan said today about the two lads:
“Forget about the goals – they did everything they could to get this victory,” said Pardew, who also had the attacking options of Nile Ranger and Shefki Kuqi to call upon.
“There was a lot of pressure on the two strikers but their work-rate was phenomenal.”
“The goals were a bonus. They were two great finishes and I’m very, very happy with both lads.”
Alan Pardew could hardly contain his delight at Newcastle’s performance last night, and certainly the TV commentators thought Newcastle looked a very good side, and outclassed the Carling Cup finalists.
And one of them pointed out quite accurately to just how good a header of the ball Leon Best was last, and compared him to Zigic, who although he stands 6’8″ tall, is not particualrly good in the air.
We have to say we were surprised Leon looked so good last night, and good for him, and when he scored at the end where all the Newcastle supporters were, he looked completely over the moon.
That was great to see, and we have to remember the lad’s still only 24, and still learning his trade and improving too.
And when you think Newcastle still have the likes of Ben Arfa, Stephen Ireland, Steven Taylor, Dan Gosling, Ryan Taylor and Shola Ameobi to return from injury, the squad suddenly looks quite strong.
And it was good to see Sol Campbell get his 8th appearance of the season last night, when he came on for the last few minutes to shore up the victory – a great victory.