Shola Ameobi made his Newcastle debut at Stamford Bridge a full 10 years ago, when he was just 18 years old.
Shola Ameobi – after scoring the winner last night in London
That was when Geordie legend Bobby Robson was managing the famous Tyneside club, and the local lad returned last night to give a wonderful display of leading the line, as the Chelsea side just couldn’t contain the big 6’2″ striker, who scored two great goals.
Chris Hughton, whose management star is continuing to rise rapidly on Tyneside, was delighted with the big man last night, as he told BBC Newcastle this morning:
“That’s the quality he has got,” “His career has gone through ups and downs, but he’s had injuries. He’s a very popular player at the club.” “We’re always delighted to have him.”
Newcastle showed their new fighting spirit last night in no small way, and the Magpies will have gained lots of fans around the world, who witnessed via TV, one of the most exciting games ever played in the Carling Cup. It was simply an unbelievably exciting Cup tie with so many twists and turns – and credit to both teams.
It’s not the first good result for Chris Hughton this season, but the goal now is for Newcastle to become consistent and professional, and we cannot keep having big let-downs after big wins – as happened in our last home game against Blackpool.
But Chris, quite rightly, wanted to concentrate on the multitude of positives he could take out of the game last night, with three of out teenagers – Ranger, Vuckic and Ferguson playing the whole game, and they will be so much better players for the experience.
Ferguson in particular looked a great young player in the making, and showed the wealth of young talent now at the club.
There’s nothing like winning games – especially in the brave way in which Newcastle won the game last night – to get the fans excited, and that’s two great wins on the trot for Newcastle – at Everton last Saturday and last night, against the indomitable Chelsea side.
“There are so many positives we can get from the performances. There are also some negatives in the goals they scored but it’s difficult to harp on the negatives,”
“We had a tremendous result at Everton but the weekend before that we didn’t.” “This is a cup game in which we made changes, to come to the quality of this club, with the players they have got and win has made this changing room a very happy place.”
“They are a side that is top of the division, has scored goals for fun, and to go through the game without expecting to concede is a tall order, we said that at half time.” “We knew we needed to get the third goal, but we didn’t think we’d need the fourth as well.”
Now it’s another tough game against Stoke City on Sunday afternoon, and we have to be going all out for the 3 points in that game.