The Newcastle defeat yesterday was both a surprise and a disappointment for Newcastle United and their fans, and we could have gone up to 10th place with a win.
Shola Ameobi – disappointed at Newcastle errors
Shola Ameobi spoke with the Shields Gazette this morning:
“We didn’t start too well, and we weren’t in the game for the first 25 minutes,” “But we picked it up, and second-half we took the game to them.”
“We were the only team in it and looking for the winner, but another mistake has cost us dearly, we’re disappointed about it.”
“We know we had them rattled when we equalized, and it’s another case of shooting ourselves in the foot.”
Ameobi says the plan at Craven Cottage was to attack Fulham and obviously go after all 3 points, but the lads started off poorly in the first half.
“We’re attacking teams and taking it too them. Jonas and Damien Duff are giving us plenty of ammo.” “At half-time we were told by the manager to get at them a bit more, and that’s what we did. Mark Schwarzer made a fantastic save from Joey which would probably have snatched it.”
“The manager wants us to take it to teams. He wants us to step it up and make sure we give it what we’ve got.” “Individually, we have players who can take people on. There are players here that can deliver great balls into the box, and that was the case at times against Fulham.”
“It was just unfortunate we couldn’t keep it solid at the back.” “From keeping a clean sheet against Villa to giving two goals away is bitterly disappointing.” “We can’t make mistakes like that and expect to win games, especially away from home.”
“We have to make sure on Saturday against Wigan we get back on our horse and get the three points.”
We were surprised that Joe Kinnear was making excuses for the defeat, because if we are totally honest, we gave them both of their goals, and Shola’s goal was clearly offside, so when we don’t deliver let’s at least tell it like it is.
We fully expect to get 3 points at St. James’ Park against Wigan next Saturday, and hopefully a clean sheet, which will get this poor performance behind us.