Shola and Oba Get Special Praise From Kinnear

Newcastle’s interim manager Joe Kinnear rightly praised the great character of his players last night after fighting back into the game, after being one goal down and left with 10 men from the 12th minute on.

Joe Kinnear with Chris Hughton – got players inspired again

Joe told the official site today:

“We were under severe pressure for a lot of the game,” “We’ve had to battle and hold on for the last half an hour.” “We were under siege and showed great character and we could have nicked it. We created a couple of clear-cut chances.”

“Overall I was delighted. We always want maximum points and we need points with the position we are in.” “But we have had two tough games and have come out of them unbeaten with a lot of credit.”

We got good performances from almost all the lads but Joe wanted to pick out his two forwards, Martins and Ameobi, who both had good games and played their hearts out for the cause.

Joe added:

“Oba did exceptionally well – he ran himself into the ground.” “The same with Shola up front: he was up there by himself fighting away.”

“I thought the reception was very good tonight,” “It was a new thing tonight for me to experience and I thoroughly enjoyed it.”

We expected Oba to give everything he had, and so he did, bless his heart – no wonder this boy is a favorite on Tyneside, and we have to keep him, because he epitomizes the Geordie spirit.  To remember this was Oba’s first game back for a while was unbelievable, since he seemed very sharp and gave his usual all action performance.

And Shola Ameobi – well, what can we say?  He’s no longer a youngster but he gave Richard Dunne and the Manchester City defense all they could handle starting off with a nice elbow into Dunne’s face very early in the game, and you somehow knew that Joe told him to rough up the City defense. And that’s what he did to very good effect.

Shola is a big lad, who lacks some confidence, but Joe has instilled that in him it seems, and the striker gave an excellent display last night. The Newcastle faithful also were warm in their acknowledgement of him, with a great reception when he was replaced by young Andy Carroll, so they certainly haven’t given up on him.

If he can get his head straight everybody knows Shola is a good player, and we expect he must start against Sunderland on Saturday, where he has had some of his best games for the club.

The only thing missing last night was the win, and our hearts sank when the City equalizer went in – after the lads had held out so magnificently.  But you can hardly fault their performance given the difficult circumstances.

Comments welcome.

17 comments so far

  • Will

    Oct 21, 2008 at 10:42 AM

    Comment #1

    Yeah, today it is due Ameobi son.

  • thelongshanks

    Oct 21, 2008 at 10:59 AM

    Comment #2

    Great performance.the lads were excellent including best tackle of the game to Beye. Gutierrez and Barton back on sunday.CMON THE TOON!


    Oct 21, 2008 at 11:03 AM

    Comment #3

    The red card beye recieved must not be punished anymore than we have already been punished enough…….Proud of the whole bunch of lads.
    Shay given again magnificent and duff

  • Irish John

    Oct 21, 2008 at 11:03 AM

    Comment #4

    must say ,ameobi was diffenrent class yesterday..He was immense , caused Dunne and ban Haim so many problems. ..Colo did’nt get enough praise i thought he was Colosal in defence last night and truly showed he’s class last night…Taylor better be paying attention to what this guy is doing as he could learn so much from him.

    Got a good run off games now, if we can get 3 points on saturday, and west brom after that we’ll be flying…Season is far from over

    Bring on those mackem b**tards…

  • lesh

    Oct 21, 2008 at 11:06 AM

    Comment #5

    The trick, Shola, is consistency. The side all seemed to work for the greater good and all credit to the players and of course Joe.

  • olinufc

    Oct 21, 2008 at 11:12 AM

    Comment #6

    Although we should give credit to shola for last night, he hasn’t performed well over the last few years. he isn’t as good as either carrol or owen. fact. I think his place is up for grabs with all our players coming back and i think you will see us climb the league to where we should be.

  • Flan

    Oct 21, 2008 at 11:13 AM

    Comment #7

    I thought Guthrie was superb last night….no fuss just keeps simple passess and never gets caught out in possession. Oh and i had €50 on toon to score in both halves @ 5/1 GET IN !!

  • Geordie Jayne

    Oct 21, 2008 at 11:15 AM

    Comment #8

    Credit to Shoala for scoring the goal lol but no rose tinted glasses from me he still does not cut it

  • cause I got the girth

    Oct 21, 2008 at 11:15 AM

    Comment #9

    think once again were getting carried away with one performance, i sit on line with the gallowgate 18 yard box so i had the “pleasure” of watching Ameobi at close hand for a full half and i thought he was pretty axe wound like! Dont get me wrong, 100% effort and all, but im not going to commend a player for putting that in when its what they should do every game!!

  • MattyDread

    Oct 21, 2008 at 11:20 AM

    Comment #10

    I thought Ameobi was generally very poor and his work rate was disgraceful. Andy Carroll, when he came on, was even worse.

  • Punk Skunk

    Oct 21, 2008 at 11:26 AM

    Comment #11

    Ameobi played on his own up front for most of the match…He won stuff, scored the goal that reinstilled belief in the lads etc…& still he can do no right…Ingrates!..
    …I know it would have been different if it was your fave player…Give the lad some credit for once…The lad, for once played his ass off, so please …SHUT Y’CAKE HOLES!..

  • Ericles

    Oct 21, 2008 at 11:27 AM

    Comment #12

    I have always been a fan of Shola. I think he gets a rough ride from some fans – and some criticism is justified. JK seems to have got something out of him at last. Shola mixed it last night to his credit and he deserved the goal. Shola started the roll that the team continued. Let’s see if he can keep it up.

  • KK FOREVER (Ross)

    Oct 21, 2008 at 11:36 AM

    Comment #13

    matty dread-i had a right good rant about carroll a few times last night, he should be ashamed.
    young fresh legs come into a game when we have to hold out for ten minutes to make a difference, not blend into the background and put in an equal (if not smaller) amount of effort than the lad who’s just been braught off absolutly knackered did before him.

  • Nobby'sDad

    Oct 21, 2008 at 11:44 AM

    Comment #14

    MattyDread ….I know it’s your opinion, but surely you can give Shola a bit of credit? I thought he caused their defense lots of problems. Shola is a player who makes difficult things look easy (his cross in the 2nd half at the Leases End when he had 2 men on him) easy things look difficult……but I think he and Kinner deserve credit for last night.

    Like most fans all I want to see (for now) is a player trying for the shirt. Lots of that last night and it’s that spirit that will get us up the table.

  • dave76

    Oct 21, 2008 at 12:22 PM

    Comment #15

    Duff, Oba & Ameobi were fantastic last night, and the defense & keeper pulled it together after the sending off.

    I thought the sub of carroll for ameobi was a terrible decision by JK, we lost all momentum and it became a ‘defend for your lives’ in the last 10 mins or so. If thats what he was intending to do then surely a defender like cacapa would have been a better choice.

    Anyway, if someone had given me the chnace of a draw before the game I’d have been happy.

    So all in all a good result, sets us up nicely for the mackems on saturday!!

  • Born Again Geordie

    Oct 21, 2008 at 12:23 PM

    Comment #16

    Lets face it the only real way that Shola will win the crowd over well and truly is if he starts performing week in week out.

    He also in my opinion need to look less ‘pedestrian’ when he does not have the ball. Take Duff as an example here the guy did not stop running for 90 mins.

    Ho’way Shola I think most people want you to do well son but your in control of your own destiny when you cross that line.

    I did think the crowds reaction when he was substituted last night was class by the way.

  • knocky

    Oct 21, 2008 at 12:44 PM

    Comment #17

    Carroll has been out for 2/3 months. He came on when we were not getting any support going forward. I think Xsico would have been the better option. N’Zogbia on the other hand was poor, with no excuse. He’s been playing regularly but looked like he had a pet lip on cos he hadn’t started the game. Put in little or no effort defensively. Joe should have put on Enrique as he would have coped better defensively. At that stage we were leading and Duff/Martins had ran themselves into the ground supporting Shola.
    Overall really pleased with Joe and the lads after an appalling refereeing cock-up. With Jonas, Owen, Barton etc coming back things are beginning to look up.
    Howay the Lads.


You must log in to post a comment.