Shola Ameobi today went joint top scorer at Newcastle, with his 4th goal of the season.
Shola congratulated by Carroll after scoring on 72 minutes
And Shola played his part well, when he came off the bench after an hour, after the Magpies had gone 2-0 down in the first 23 minutes.
Ameobi told Sky Sports after the game:
“It was quite a tense affair at half-time in the dressing room.””Obviously with the way they were playing and we weren’t doing what we had set out to do, we felt that they were tactically and technically better than us in the first half and we had to improve.”
“Thankfully we’ve done that the second half, the game’s about all 18 players, not just 11 on the field at the time and a couple of players have come on today and made a difference and we’ve managed to get that draw.” “We’ve shown a grit and determination there – it would have been all too easy for us to just pack it in, but we didn’t,”
“We’ve got this fight in us at the moment, we make it hard for ourselves at times but its important that we keep on going to the very end and you saw what happened today.”
Shola is right when he says the lads put in a gutsy performance in that second half, when everything had looked lost, but we’re frustrated the lads keep putting themselves in a big hole, with the defensive mistakes they keep making on home soil.
Indeed it was in the 94th minute that Colo scored his first goal of the season, when he headed home well from about 5 yards, following a good corner from fellow Argentine Jonas Gutierrez, who also set up Shola’s goal.
And the relegation lot a couple of seasons ago would surely have just given up when they went 2-0 down – they could never be too bothered – so the lads can certainly show that grit and determination, but that’s never been in doubt since Chris Hughton took over the side, a year last summer.
Unless the players can start to get their act together at home, then we’ll likely be in a big relegation battle again this season, and right now it’s looking like it could be a long hard slog this season, just to stay in the Premier League.
We somehow have to improve at home, and very soon too.
That late goal from Coloccini was so important for Newcastle today, because not only did it give Newcastle a hard earned point, but it stopped Wigan from gaining 3 points on the Magpies.