We suspect that Shola Ameobi will get the nod today in front of Andy Carroll at Upton Park today, in what is another important league game for Newcastle.
Shola Ameobi – could get the start today
And Shola thinks the club stopped the rot when captain Fab Coloccini scored in the very last minute last Saturday afternoon against Wigan Athletic, to prevent Newcastle from losing their last 3 league games and their last 3 home league games.
Ameobi told the Shields Gazette today:
“We’ve stopped the rot,” “It has been difficult for us at home, teams have come to us, got behind the ball and countered us very well.” “We could have become vulnerable to that, but Wigan’s stopped the stem, and, hopefully, that can be a catalyst for us to grow from that point onwards.”
“If we had lost three games in a row, it would have been a nightmare. It then starts to play on your mind.” “We know we’re good enough to beat anybody at home with this crowd behind us. We haven’t done that in recent times, but it felt like a victory against Wigan.
“Being 2-0 down was hard, but we’re proud that we come back.” “It’s not easy to score two goals in situations like that, but we managed to do it and kept on going, which was a positive for us.”
It doesn’t seem a particularly good time to meet the Hammers, who are now unbeaten in their last 4 league games, in which they have picked up all of their 6 league points, after losing their first four games of the season under new manager Avram Grant.
Ameobi scored his first league goal of the season last Saturday, after 72 minutes, and is now joint top scorer with Andy Carroll on 4 goals, and Shola says the lads are hoping to get a win this afternoon at West Ham, as he continued:
“These are the teams we must be looking to beat,” “We have to make sure we get maximum points in the next two games.” “That hasn’t been the case in recent times. This can be a catalyst, as I say, and we can go on and gain confidence from the next two games against West Ham and Sunderland.”
A win this afternoon would be terrific, and maybe Shola can become the top scorer at the club this season with a goal or two.