Friday, January 15, 2010

Loven the third degree*

Newcastle Utd 3 - 0 Plymouth Argyle

A perfect hat-trick from Peter Lovenkrands was more than enough to take Newcastle past Plymouth in the FA Cup.

Goals with his left foot, head and right foot (celebrated by tapping all three in a style which made him look like a Bavarian dancer) were sufficient to take us past a lacklustre Plymouth side and queue up a tie against fellow promotion chasers West Brom.

Lovenkrands' first and second came after good work by Jonas Gutierrez, who again showed that he has started to find more consistency in his end product (perhaps because he has more time in the Championship) and two up at half-time a strong Newcastle team were unlikely to capitulate in the second half.

Plymouth only managed a brief rally, which saw Tim Krul forced to make a pretty simple save, before Lovenkrands' third, after more good work down the left (this time by Jose Enrique) saw the tie put beyond doubt and prompted the Dane to embark on his perfect hat-trick celebration.

Perhaps most telling was the low turnout, doubtless a product of the present administration/credit crunch/crap weather/low number of visiting fans/midweek tie - which was our lowest in the Cup since 1920.

Other reports: BBC,

(*For the Bananarama fans out there - I know there's at least one reading this...)


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