Newcastle striker Shola Ameobi is right when he says Newcastle just have to address their home form, if the club is to avoid a relegation scrap this season.
Shola Ameobi – must address our home form
The lads have not had too much luck in their eight league games this season, and with sufficient luck we could have picked up a win at Wolves and a draw at Man City, and home wins to Blackpool and Stoke, if things hadn’t gone against the team.
But that’s a little unrealistic too, because then we would have been on 17 points and just behind Man City on goal difference, so luck always plays a huge part in football games, and it tends to even out over the season (or so we are told).
But on Saturday we were given a bit of luck, as the team fought back so well in those final 20 minutes to sneak a draw right at the death, with a terrific header from captain for the day, Fab Coloccini.
It certainly looked like our defensive errors in the first half, which had gifted Charles N’Zogbia two goals, would mean a third successive home defeat, and we just knew the gloom and doom merchants would be out in full cry.
Ameobi came on after 60 minutes, and Shola scored the vital first goal after 72 minutes, with a neatly executed diving header from a good Gutierrez left wing cross, for his 4th goal the season, and he talked today to BBC Newcastle:
“Going into the season we understood we would not go through it without disappointments like we did last season.”“Going down to three straight home defeats would have been difficult to swallow.”
“The majority of our points have to come at home this season.” “Even when we’re not playing well we have to show those fighting qualities that Chris expects from us.”
“But at home we expect to be picking up points. At times we make it tough for ourselves but we have got that spirit and we have to believe in ourselves.”
Newcastle have a good chance on Saturday to keep the points coming, and forget about our home form for just a little while.
West Ham are not playing well, and have to be low on confidence too, and surely the lads can put in a good performance like they’ve done at Wolves, Everton and Manchester City in the league this season.
And if they can do that and play as well as in those three previous league games away from home, there’s every likelihood we can pick up some points in London on Saturday.
A win would be great and then the lads would have to knuckle down in our next home league game – against Sunderland of all teams – and win that one too.
What better game to break our non-winning home streak, than to beat Sunderland?
But a win first at West Ham will set us up very nicely for the local derby.