Shola Ameobi had one of his best games for Newcastle 3 seasons ago, when he scored two against Sunderland at St. James’ Park, and then Emre scored the winner direct from a free kick, while Graeme Souness was still manager.
Shola Ameobi – has confidence now under Kinnear
Shola talked about that game today:
“That game is certainly up there for me as one of my best ever for Newcastle, if not the finest moment of my career, and it goes without saying another goal or two again tomorrow would be most welcome.”
“Yes, it would be nice to score tomorrow, but the win is the most important thing and that’s what we will all be trying to get.” “I consider myself a Geordie, and for me, and the other home-grown players like Stephen Taylor, Steve Harper and Andy Carroll , this is the game you look forward to at the start of the season.”
“We’ve got a good record there, and in fact I wasn’t even born the last time Newcastle United lost at Sunderland, and we will be looking to keep that trend going tomorrow.” “It’s going to be a fantastic game. We’re certainly going to go out there with everything we’ve got. That’s what we have to do as players.”
“That all-out aggression, which Newcastle fans want, has been lacking in recent seasons. If we do that, we’ll give ourselves every chance.”
It’s clear that Joe Kinnear has instilled lots of confidence into Shola, who by his own admission doesn’t have an awful lot of it. Glenn Roeder was the last manager to be able to do that, and he was rewarded by Shola with a string of performances in which Shola scored once in every two games for Glenn.
He looks a completely different player when he has confidence and in properly motivated.
Let’s hope Shola can keep on the goals path tomorrow, and we know he’d just love to score against Sunderland, which Geordie wouldn’t?
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