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Pardew – Best And Lovenkrands Came Good For Newcastle

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.

Comments welcome.

26 comments so far

  • Geordie-Gerrard7

    Feb 16, 2011 at 11:03 AM

    Comment #1

    Best was quality last night, he seems a really popular member of the squad. He also has alot if pace and is brilliant in the air.

  • supermacnumber9

    Feb 16, 2011 at 11:08 AM

    Comment #2

    These two lads have taken a lot of stick – they may not be top PL strikers and favourites to be replaced but they have usually done a good job when asked. Last night they did better, it was a very good job – well done – lets encourage them , help their confidence and play them again. Unfortunately we will still have to look for better quality – but thats football! Every club does it no mater how good the players are.

  • supermacnumber9

    Feb 16, 2011 at 11:12 AM

    Comment #3

    I havn’t seen bestie’s header yet but I’ve read it was a classic CF goal where he rose above the CB and bulleted it into the net. Sounds great, can’t wait to see it!

  • The Entertainers

    Feb 16, 2011 at 11:17 AM

    Comment #4

    Best’s goal was a classic big forwards goal. He’d won headers all night long and his leap for the goal out jumped a very good defender in Johnson to get over and above him. Not to mention Zigic who was standing behind Best and didn’t even see it coming. Great leap and great anticipation . Bullet header !

  • tony green

    Feb 16, 2011 at 11:25 AM

    Comment #5

    Hopefully the lad will now be given some credit for the way he has fought back from injury and given his all for the club. I know Shola and Leon are not everybody’s cup of tea but I prefer someone who plays their heart out AND even turns out when not fully fit. There’ve been too many who have come to SJP taken big money and then go missing when the going gets tough – these two are worth ten Luques or Kluiverts

  • Stuart

    Feb 16, 2011 at 11:27 AM

    Comment #6

    Im worth ten Luques man Tony haha!

  • jettson

    Feb 16, 2011 at 11:40 AM

    Comment #7

    Wats the rumours regarding this Russian steel magnate, Alexei Mordashov???
    Is there anything behind this, or, just gossip???
    He is worth a fair few billions!!!

  • Stuart

    Feb 16, 2011 at 11:41 AM

    Comment #8

    That rumour about the russian oil baron buying the club is still floating around like. Apparently he was at the game last night, and has already spoke to MA and the bank about a potential deal.

    This is from newcastlerumours.com though so I wouldnt put too much stock in it. Just thought I’d share.

  • sweendog

    Feb 16, 2011 at 11:44 AM

    Comment #9

    Stuart . .read that again .. maybe when safety is guaranteed you’ll see movement ..

    Anyway good to see we are doing well, maybe if we keep our star players and buy a few good ones that Graham carr has scouted we’ll push on to top 8/6 .. and a good Cup run ..

  • nimo

    Feb 16, 2011 at 11:46 AM

    Comment #10

    well the next 3 games are all winnable and would out us safe – howay the lads

  • Tal_nufc4eva

    Feb 16, 2011 at 11:47 AM

    Comment #11

    to mike ashley,
    if you wonna START to TRY and get in our good books this is what you need to do:
    2. reinvest ALL £35 mill onto players next summer
    3. communicate with us more
    4. dont accept any offers for our good players, your a BILLIONAIRE you dont need more money! greedy git

  • Tal_nufc4eva

    Feb 16, 2011 at 11:48 AM

    Comment #12

    who are the next three games against?
    i know its bolton then everton but who after that?
    stoke away? or another home match? 🙂

  • Klatoon

    Feb 16, 2011 at 11:48 AM

    Comment #13

    Best won evrything in the air,Lovens movement off the ball was excellent. But what caught my eye was how we bossed the midfield,Tiote and Barton are IMMENSE,Jonas is like a new player,his runs are now calculated and the deliveries clinical ,I guess he’s heard how close HBA is to a return.Where will Ireland play?

  • themole

    Feb 16, 2011 at 11:50 AM

    Comment #14


    Mordashov is a graduate of the Leningrad Engineering-Economical Institute. After graduation he joined Cherepovetskiy Metallurgical Plant in 1988 as an economist. He later gained an MBA from Northumbria University in Newcastle upon Tyne in 2001. During his time in Newcastle he attended most Newcastle United football games that were played in the city and became a follower of he club.

  • Stuart

    Feb 16, 2011 at 11:56 AM

    Comment #15

    Haha cheers themole, dont remember asking though. I dont think theres anything at all in it.

    I think its just a case of the media found out he supports us so put two and two together and got 5.

    Just because hes a billionaire, doesnt mean he wants to buy a football club.


    I agree with all your points except #2, investing the £35m suggests that if Carroll wasnt sold, MA wouldnt invest at all in the summer. If MA is serious about taking the club forward we should have around £50m to spend in the summer. The whole AC money, and £15m invested from the fat man himself.

  • Paul P

    Feb 16, 2011 at 12:00 PM

    Comment #16

    I thought Colo and Williamson were good last night, Jonas did well, about time he put in a performance as it has been a while since he has done that. I thought Best and Lovenkrands worked really hard and deserved their goals, but we still need quality signings in the summer, lets not get carried away, yes it was good last night, and we need 2 wins to secure premier league next season, but we still need to add some absolute quality next season to push us onto the next level.

  • Markaccus

    Feb 16, 2011 at 12:01 PM

    Comment #17

    Fitting best players in will be hard when they’re fit. Maybe as follows:-
    Simo colo wilko toro
    ——barton tiote

    Ireland and loven to cover attacking 3 mid. Ranger and foward options. Guthrie to cover the cm. Krul sub gk.staylor def cover with rtaylor or perch

  • sweendog

    Feb 16, 2011 at 12:15 PM

    Comment #18

    themole .. yep heard he was a supporter ..
    imagine if we had an owner who did invest .. we’d only need 6-8 new players to be added to the squad to have a very good squad and not just first team..

  • nimo

    Feb 16, 2011 at 12:17 PM

    Comment #19

    stoke away tal

  • Phil K

    Feb 16, 2011 at 12:18 PM

    Comment #20

    Just shows what a little confidence can do for a player. Faith has been shown in Best and he’s tentatively beginning to give back some decent performances based on work rate. His worst was his abysmal performance against Stevenage but then, the rest were awful too. But as Pardew said, working hard. And its slowly paying off.
    Maybe we can see Pardew get the “best” out of another frustrating talent in Nile Ranger, whose swaggering laziness and juvenile behaviour off the pitch, has apparently been noted by Pardew and has started to get better, and Pardew is trying to get a silly brat to behave more professionally away from the pitch.
    If he can do that theres hope he can get him to produce.
    And who knows ? Maybe even SCORE

  • Magpies-till-d3ath

    Feb 16, 2011 at 12:20 PM

    Comment #21

    Ireland won’t get started if our mid-fielders keep playing the way they are! Tiote was excellent again last night and Barton was almost unplayable. Where will Ireland fit in? We can’t drop Nolan to the bench as he’s our captain and Gutierrez’s perfomance last night was what he needs to do every game and we’ll be safe and pushing for Europa league places in no time at all! :):):):)

  • sweendog

    Feb 16, 2011 at 12:24 PM

    Comment #22

    starters for new players-

    DM – Leroy Fer – replace Smith
    CB – cover
    RB – cover
    LB – cover (Annholt)
    LW- Turan
    RW – ??
    Striker – Hulk (obviously he’ll have his pick of clubs)
    Striker – Gervinho

  • gorskino10

    Feb 16, 2011 at 12:56 PM

    Comment #23

    So glad of the win yesterday not just a vital win but an incredible game by Guti, i loved him a year or so ago he alwayrs got to the byline but recently he stopped than and became very quiet in a game, but yesterday showed himself HE NEEDS TO CROSS more 2 quality crosses with his weaker foot i just hope he continues this form into our other game and not go back into his shell.

    Best played ok, great goal but then again a Poachers finish he wont make a goal but he can finish well enough from close range so i hope we get a striker who can score a goal from anything, header/long range etc… to compliment Best i feel if we have good wings we need good height and we have AND will always suit a tall striker upfront from Shearer and then Andy and Ameobi etc…

  • cgrizzly87

    Feb 16, 2011 at 1:25 PM

    Comment #24

    Nobody seems to have noticed how many times Tiote gave away possession unnecessarily last night? Sure he is a great player in the making BUT against a better team that might have cost us.

    Someone needs to point out that the opposition have figured his infamous 180 spin out! Just pass the ball man!

  • Uncle Magpies

    Feb 16, 2011 at 1:46 PM

    Comment #25

    This is the 1st time posting.

    Worked 4 am in the morning to and saw some great display from the lads. Fantastic.

    Some credit must go to Pard.
    He did very well so far and glad that he came on board.

    Not disrespect CH of course. CH got us back to PL and that is something that will stay with us for life.

    Difference between CH and Pard.
    CH game plan is with long ball and target at AC. Barton corners to AC with Colo just in front of him in set piece. It repeat too many times. Too one dimensional.

    Pard game plan has more varities. Colo and Bull attack more. Even Tiote have a couple of more shots ; ). Attack comes from all directions.

    Just my opinion.

  • xXl NUFC lXx

    Feb 16, 2011 at 2:56 PM

    Comment #26

    what are the chances that we can get hulk? like 1 of 100 or something like that….


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