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Lovenkrands banking on patience to earn him a regular Newcastle start

Newcastle winger Peter Lovenkrands will wait in his attempts to force his way back into the first-team reckoning. The Dane was a key figure in the Magpies' promotion to the Premier League last season, but has fallen down the pecking order since they resumed life in the top flight.

The likes of Hatem Ben Arfa and Kevin Nolan have taken the positions once held by Lovenkrands, and their strong performances have meant a lack of rotation needed for manager Chris Hughton.

"It's been a strange season for me," Lovenkrands told The Journal.

"It isn't easy to get back in the team because they have been doing so well. I just have to be patient and wait for my opportunity. Hopefully when that comes I'll take it.

"It makes it hard with the formation we are playing because Andy has been playing up front on his own. I could play out wide, but with Ben Arfa, he can play on the left. I can't see why I should play out there. I will play wherever I'm asked, in goal even, I was quite good there when I was younger.

"I prefer up front through the middle, but we're playing a different system this year. Kevin Nolan is the captain and he is playing behind Andy, so it's very hard for me to get in.

"I'll just wait and see what happens through the season. I'm experienced enough to know I need to be patient. It's the same as last season in the Championship. "It took me a while because I missed pre-season and I wasn't playing at the start of the season. But eventually I got back in so hopefully the same thing will happen."

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