Ameobi Full Of Confidence After Hat-Trick

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.

Chris said:

“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.

Comments welcome.

14 comments so far

  • Dan4Toon

    Aug 20, 2009 at 11:00 AM

    Comment #1

    I believe if we get Campbell, Mcloven and Beckford in then obviously we could do with more bit i think that might just cover about cover it, maybe a lb aswell and maybe get rid off just Geremi and Butt for about 3m all together and them two can fund the Beckford deal and with the other two free, you cant go wrong…


    R.Taylor S.Taylor Campbell Enrique

    Jonas Barton Smith(c) Lovenkrands

    Ameobi Beckford

    Subs: Krul, Simpson, Coloccini, Nolan, Guthrie, Ranger, Carroll

    Also we would have Lualua, Kadar, Donaldson just in case so i think that would be a good enough squad for promotion!

  • magforlife

    Aug 20, 2009 at 11:03 AM

    Comment #2

    Well done Shola, you have proved many, including myself wrong but Hughton to continue as manager? – no thanks.
    His substitutions are awful, and also his continued faith in the Argies and Xisco is worrying, they do not want to be here so ship them out.

  • Ross

    Aug 20, 2009 at 11:05 AM

    Comment #3

    I was dubious RE Hughton in the past but the man deserves a bloody medal, a pay rise and a job for life with us after what he’s gone through within the past 10 weeks or so. Got a huge amount of respect for him the way he’s kept his head down, tried to keep the lads happy and just done his best to get on with a job he’s already said he’s not overly comfortable with. Fair play to him and i think we’ll owe him a massive thankyou when this is all over and done with.

    Dan-all paper talk but apparently Bolton are ready to have Beckford. There’s a chance we wont spend a penny this summer and you have to believe he’d go to the PL over the CCC. I’d like to have him though, think he’d do a job for us.

  • BT9MAG

    Aug 20, 2009 at 11:10 AM

    Comment #4

    Ross, I agree, my respect for Hughton has gone through the roof in the past few weeks!

    As for Shola, he took his goal brilliantly but is still so frustrating to watch…he doesn’t pick up his men when defending and barely breaks into a trot at the best of times when attacking….still he has been the difference the past 2 matches so I can’t complain!

    Beckford would be good and I can’t see leeds letting him go for the supposed 2.5 bolton are offering! If Shearer comes back our chances of signing him would get a major boost – who better to learn from than the prems leading goalscorer!

  • bill

    Aug 20, 2009 at 11:21 AM

    Comment #5

    For those of you interested in Football League finances I received the following information from them today:

    TV Facility Fees are as follows:
    Home club – £100,000, away club £10,000

    Leagues 1 & 2
    Home club – £30,000, away club £10,000

  • will die for the toon army

    Aug 20, 2009 at 11:21 AM

    Comment #6

    Nice to the team bring the goals in……….

  • Ross

    Aug 20, 2009 at 11:22 AM

    Comment #7

    Bt9-I agree. I dont think Leeds would even bother considering 2.5..i thought they were pushing for at least 4?
    I’m under the impression we’ll run out of time to sign anyone of any significance even if a takeover is to be successful if im honest. Going into the final week of the window, clubs with important players that are targets for others will just ask for silly money to try and see the week out in an effort to keep them i reckon.

  • will die for the toon army

    Aug 20, 2009 at 11:27 AM

    Comment #8

    Bill thanks for that but if the Crowd keeps coming we will have the money we need for CCC. Tv rights will be a bonus. Thanks for all those who turned up for the game its was a pleasure

  • Bill F

    Aug 20, 2009 at 12:29 PM

    Comment #9

    Funny old life innit. Fact is, is that if Sicknote was still with us then Shola possibly wouldn’t have started any of the games. Just goes to show (philisophical moment coming) that in football and in life you have to take your chances when they appear. You really have to admire the tenacity he has shown in staying with the club he so obviously loves despite the criticism from so many of us, me included (although I have defended him at times as well) and the efforts to sell him by the club. He really deserves some success, just hope it continues.

  • ian

    Aug 20, 2009 at 12:45 PM

    Comment #10

    Shola has always been worth keeping, when played regularly his scoring was ok, if not very pretty.

    It would be great to see him as a top championship scorer.

    Carroll’s performance is no surprise at all to me, we should ship him out while premiership clubs think he has potential (which he may have), Chopra back would be good, we should have given Ranger a good run out instead of Carroll to see if we need another two strikers or just one.

    Xisco is costing us dear.

  • punk skunk...

    Aug 20, 2009 at 12:50 PM

    Comment #11

    If Hughton doesn’t play Colo, Jonas, Xisco or whomever you don’t like/want, how is any prospective buyer gonna see them?..
    …Also, if you hoy in players like Ranger before the window shuts, other teams may come along & test his/our resolve…Think about it!..

  • Lew Davies

    Aug 20, 2009 at 2:52 PM

    Comment #12

    Well said skunk. I was gonna say its probably just keeping them in the shop window.

    Think xisco has a damned cheek wearing golden boots.

    Sheff wed wearing brazil strip…..Hmmm me thinks they are deluded too!

  • ian

    Aug 20, 2009 at 4:01 PM

    Comment #13

    Punk skunk- on the other hand if Ranger is rubbish and Carroll and Xisco are as bad as they look, if Shola’s hips play up gain or he is out where are the goals going to come from?

    Carroll should have been sold, Chopra or Beckford bought.

    As always even in the championship we have one striker who scores so we do not re-enforce him, we never learn.

    Great to see Owen is as crap as we thought he was, ball through the legs, didnt leave the ground for a header and was so good at finding space he ran from the space he was already in so cleverly that it also fooled the player making the cross as he placed it exactly in the space he was in before.

    I am annoyed at the amount of running and some assist that he has played, nice if he had tried that for his mate Shearer when he was manager.

  • chuck

    Aug 20, 2009 at 8:09 PM

    Comment #14

    What a turnaround, stop it you are making me sick !
    What am I talking about ?
    I`m talking about Shola and Hughton, not so long ago you could`nt wait for Shola to be sold and Hughton to be fired, now you are giving them standing O`s.
    Fickle would probably describe such a turnaround, eh !
    Well at least some have owned up to humble pie`ing it.
    Dont want to see Taylor leave, be a dumb move if he goes to Everton, they just dont have the money to compete with the top clubs.
    And we certainly need some bodies right now, Sibierski would be a decent signing if we can get him , but please no Chopra.
    Whats up with Lovenkrantz, gonna need a winger who ca also score ?
    Simpson could be a decent pickup, perhaps if he works out we can either extend his stay or sign him.
    Lets see, how bout,
    Simpson _Taylor___Killgallon__Enrique
    Lovencrantz_Barton_ Smith__Jonas
    Sibierski__ Shola
    Harper (he`s used to it )
    Butt (even though his legs have gone)
    Sisco kid (you think he is lousy, but you thought
    shola was too, but how often have we seen him to make a judgement)
    Nolan ( Even though you think he is fat)
    Guthrie ( really not that keen on him )
    R. taylor (same)
    Think Collo will go.
    Maybe slot some of the young guns in against the weaker teams, gonna be a long hard season.


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