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Newcastle United can halt winless run - Lovenkrands

Peter Lovenkrands
Lovenkrands' other goal this season came at Accrington in the Carling Cup

Newcastle United striker Peter Lovenkrands says the squad is capable of arresting a run of five games without a win in the Premier League.

The Magpies have lost three and drawn two since beating Arsenal last month, including Sunday's 3-1 defeat by West Bromwich Albion at The Hawthorns.

"We have the team to bounce through it," Lovenkrands told BBC Newcastle.

"Christmas is a tough period with lots of games and if we get some results through there then we'll be alright."

Lovenkrands added: "It's just going to be a long season. It was the same in the Championship last year. We dealt with it then and we're going to need to deal with it again."

The Denmark international netted Newcastle's consolation in Sunday's loss as a second-half substitute, his first league goal of the season.

"It sets me off and I needed that," the 31-year-old said.

"I hadn't had a goal in the Premier League this year and hopefully that can start me up to get me going."

Lovenkrands joined Newcastle United for a second spell in September 2009 and was an integral part of the Magpies' Championship-winning season last term with 13 goals in 29 league appearances, but has made just eight appearances in all competitions this season.

Having begun his career with AB in his native Denmark, Lovenkrands lists Rangers and Schalke 04 among his other clubs.

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