Shola Ameobi was always a confidence player, and after his hat trick last Saturday he has been full of confidence all week in training.
Shola Ameobi – 4 goals in 2 games
And that carried over into the game last night, as Shola took his opportunity in great style to drill home his 4th goal in two games.
Hughton talked about Shola’s goal last night:
“I thought it was a wonderful finish. He struck the ball very early,”
“If you’re a striker and you’re on the back of a hat-trick, it gives you tremendous confidence.”
Mike Ashley was not at the game last night as presumably he continues the seemingly endless negotiations with Tyneside businessman Barry Moat.
But Chris, who has done a good job as caretaker boss this time around, is now hopeful of bringing players in and not losing any more players before the transfer window closes, and will keep going in the job, as long as required.
“I will continue for as long as they want me to,” “But nothing has changed. If the club is sold I might get a knock on the door and told things will change.”
“I have enjoyed the challenge so far and I’m very happy to continue otherwise. It is very nice to hear players (like Shola) saying they want me to continue on.”
“I would be very, very happy to take it on longer than first thought.”
Chris is what every team needs – a loyal coach who has gone through hell and high water for Newcastle under Mike Ashley, since he joined in early 2008, when Kevin Keegan was manager.
This is his 3rd stint in charge of the side, and it’s the most successful, although of course we are in England’s second tier now.
And there was some good news on the injury front, with Nicky Butt returning for the Crystal Palace game.
We expect Joey Barton to be fit for Saturday too ,so Nicky, Joey and Danny Guthrie will be pushing for starting places, and who will start at right-back between Danny Simpson and Ryan Taylor remains to be seen.
But it’s good to have a little competition for places – and we need more of it.