Ameobi – Kinnear Has Installed Belief With Players

Shola Ameobi is a good footballer, and unorthodox to say the least.

Shola – unorthodox but good – when he’s got the confidence

But that is a strength of Shola, because you never know what he’s going to do, and neither does Shola half the time.

His goal on Monday was a classic Shola effort, his first instinct was right on, when he chested the ball forward away from the two Man City defenders, and then he sliced the ball way to his right – but high and away from goalkeeper Joe Hart and into the net.  😀

But it was a goal and a good effort from Shola, who could so easily have missed, and that’s also the time I nearly had my first heart attack.  It was such an important goal for us just before half time.

Ameobi told the Daily Express today:

“You know what you are going to get with Joe Kinnear and I think that has been fantastic for us,” “He has come in and has said the only people who can get us out of the situation we are in are ourselves.”“I think we were maybe feeling sorry for ourselves.”

“As players we always want to win and we always try our best but you can use things as an excuse.” “He has installed belief in us which was lacking. When you haven’t got a manager you haven’t necessarily got a sense of direction and that can be tough.”

“The problems at the club can make your mindset deviate, so it is great having a manager who has made us focus.” “I have enjoyed working under him and the team has found itself again. That has shown itself on the pitch with two battling displays. We now have to make it three.”

As a Geordie native, born in Nigeria but raised in Newcastle since he was nine years old, Ameobi knows so precisely how important getting a win will be today:

“Hopefully we can bring to Sunderland all the guts and determination that we have shown in the last few games,” “You don’t want to be in the team that loses to Sunderland.”

“I have never been on a losing team against them and that is something I am proud of and I want to keep my record going.”

We like Shola a lot, mainly because he seems so truthful, and how many players will admit to a lack of confidence in themselves?   We always knew he was a better player than we saw last season and earlier this season. But it seems like Joe Kinnear, like Glenn Roeder before him has unlocked the secret of how to get performances out of the lad.

But let’s not get carried away, it was just one display and if there’s ever a game Shola will want to shine in, it is this afternoon’s derby game at Sunderland. Only lads raised in the Newcastle area know what this game means to the club.

Come on Shola – let’s have another goal today son. 😀

Comments welcome.

28 comments so far

  • lacedaemonian

    Oct 25, 2008 at 11:09 AM

    Comment #1

    Ameobi was awesome the other night. He played like Emile Heskey does for England. If Martins wasnt pushed back to left wing I reckon we could have scored some goals off his battling. I hope this is how Joe wants him to play because it made the game great. We were totally shit when he went off.

  • Ed Harrison

    Oct 25, 2008 at 11:14 AM

    Comment #2

    I agree – we saw just how good Heskey is at taking punishment but freeing up players like Wayne Rooney. I never rated Emile but I do now – and Shola looked every bit like Heskey on Monday night. Very good point lacedaemonian.

  • Toon Graeme

    Oct 25, 2008 at 11:22 AM

    Comment #3

    Come on Ameobi son.

    Turning point of the season on Monday.

    Im sure we will all agree that a 3 pointer is needed today and then on Tuesday.

    Ed H – keep up the blog mate its an essential part of my daily life!!

  • Punk Skunk

    Oct 25, 2008 at 11:28 AM

    Comment #4

    Heskey was always good…It was just the press, as per, that undermined his confidence…
    …Why do people persist in believein’ their toxic tripe?..

    …Ho’way the Lads!..

    …Toon Toon!..

  • Toon Graeme

    Oct 25, 2008 at 11:32 AM

    Comment #5

    Ive always liked Heskey – shame on international he cant find the net – not for lack of trying!

  • Punk Skunk

    Oct 25, 2008 at 11:36 AM

    Comment #6

    Always seen Hesey as more of a facilitater rather than an out & out striker…& i think that’s been proved down the years!..

  • Punk Skunk

    Oct 25, 2008 at 11:37 AM

    Comment #7


    Toon Toon, Black & While Army!..

  • Punk Skunk

    Oct 25, 2008 at 11:38 AM

    Comment #8

    Anyone got PMT?..

  • toooooonfan

    Oct 25, 2008 at 11:39 AM

    Comment #9

    People were saying we should have got heskey in the transfer window-but whats the point now when we have super – shola

  • Punk Skunk

    Oct 25, 2008 at 11:41 AM

    Comment #10

    & Jonas!..

  • lacedaemonian

    Oct 25, 2008 at 11:44 AM

    Comment #11

    And he is a Geordie. In a strange twist if he plays like this we could all be wondering who play up front with him. Though I would be interested to see if he can stay fit and keep up this level of performance. I have been impressed with Joe so far. He has got a few players playing well and seems to have the media in his pocket.

  • Toon Graeme

    Oct 25, 2008 at 11:45 AM

    Comment #12

    PMT kicking in big time – 1hr 2 min to go.

    16 mins and Im out of work and heading to watch the match.


    My brother in law and the lads are heading over there as we speak and are well up for a good sing along. The fans will do us proud today and I;ll bet we will hear Keano and his dog alot through the tele!!!

  • Toon Graeme

    Oct 25, 2008 at 11:46 AM

    Comment #13

    Upto this point in time I would like JFK as our manager til the end of the season.

    However what will be will be.

  • lacedaemonian

    Oct 25, 2008 at 11:49 AM

    Comment #14

    I guess we would need to see him operate in the transfer market.

  • beyethegreat

    Oct 25, 2008 at 11:49 AM

    Comment #15

    i feel confident am i right to be

  • xfer

    Oct 25, 2008 at 11:49 AM

    Comment #16

    Exactly, and tbh, thats the best way Shola can ever play, to use his big frame against the defenders.

  • Punk Skunk

    Oct 25, 2008 at 11:51 AM

    Comment #18

    Have a good shout/sing for all us exiled Geordies that can’t make the game Graeme!..

    …Aye, JK’s doin’ ok so far…Gotta say, i like the guys style…& he seems to have got the respect of the team pretty quickly…More power to him!..


  • Toon Graeme

    Oct 25, 2008 at 11:52 AM

    Comment #19

    If shola worked the magic against Citey’s defense I see no reason why he cant do the same.

    Please Geremi if you take a set piece kick get it past the first man / wall!!!!!!

    Joey B on the field. Got 50p riding on him to score!!!!

    Spidermag – welcome home son – on the pitch where you belong.

  • Punk Skunk

    Oct 25, 2008 at 11:58 AM

    Comment #21

    Shit, can you believe the attitude of hughes manc, he’s ‘unhappy’ that Beye’s card was quoshed…Why, ‘cos it makes your team look like cheats?..What the hell does he care for?..
    …I guess he wants us to suffer longer!?!..

  • alvin_toon

    Oct 25, 2008 at 12:12 PM

    Comment #22

    The squad remains unchanged with barton on the bench today…

  • ToonKing

    Oct 25, 2008 at 12:14 PM

    Comment #23

    unchanged side !

  • Punk Skunk

    Oct 25, 2008 at 12:16 PM

    Comment #24

    Except it looks like we got Xisco on the bench over Carrol…Which was nice!..
    …Jonas & Joey will probably see some action today!..

  • ziad

    Oct 25, 2008 at 12:18 PM

    Comment #25

    come on lets win it 2day !! butt as much as i hate to say this the scum have improved under keane … it will take a good performance for the lads to get all 3 pts

  • Punk Skunk

    Oct 25, 2008 at 12:20 PM

    Comment #26

    Aye s*land are so good now that they’re 3 points ahead of us without all the ‘turmoil’ we’ve had!..

  • Ganiyu

    Oct 25, 2008 at 12:23 PM

    Comment #27

    Hope taylor does not make an error

  • ziad

    Oct 25, 2008 at 12:25 PM

    Comment #28

    Dissapointement by JK … way is the team unchanged ?? geremi should be benched imo


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