Shola Ameobi Could Be The Difference Against Sunderland

Shola Ameobi has had some excellent games in the past in the Tyne Wear derby, and he could just be the difference between the sides on Sunday afternoon.

Shola Ameobi – could be the difference on Sunday

Shola has four goals so far this season, and has looked in good form, and had a game to remember at Stamford Bridge a few weeks back against Chelsea, and he always seem to rise to the occasion for the games against Sunderland.

Being a local lad of course that’s hardly surprising, and Ameobi talked to the local Shields Gazette today:

“We all know what it means against Sunderland, and everybody wants to be involved in a derby,” “It’ll be fantastic to play in it. It is not just the derby, but the more I play the fitter and stronger I become, and that, for me, is a target. That is all I am focused on.”

“I’ll just keep on working hard, but I want to play week in, week out,” “You’re judged on scoring goals, and, as a striker, that’s what you’re judged by, so I want to keep on doing that.”

Shola had said after the 2-2 draw with Wigan that Newcastle had stopped the rot at home, after Fabricio Coloccini headed the equaliser in the very last minute of added time, and now the lads have a chance to show that Ameobi was right,  by getting a win against the old enemy.

The comeback in that game over those last 2-0 minutes against Wigan – a mediocre side let’s be honest – was great, but it was the fact that we went down 2-0 in the first place that alarmed a lot of Newcastle fans.

And the defense has not looked too good in the last several games, other than at West Ham and even in those first 15 minutes we looked extremely wobbly – to say the least.

Shola continued:

“We did not want to lose three league games in a row, and Colo came up trumps in the last game to get us a draw,” “That sets it up very nicely for our next home league game with Sunderland.”

“We want to be winning our home games in the Premier League now. That’s not been the case recently, but we need to get back on track.

“We didn’t want to be going into the derby on the back of a defeat in the Premier League at least, and we haven’t.” “We need to get the crowd on our side as early as we can.” “We do not want to give ourselves a mountain to climb this time.”

During our relegation season the lads would all come out and say what they were going to do in the next game,  and how they were going to fight like crazy and all that stuff, but they never ever produced on the field,  and in those days,  if we went a goal down it was 90% certain we’d go on to lose the game. There was no guts in the side.

Now the lads must back up their words this week with action, especially at home, where the results and the performances at St. James’ Park have simply not been good enough so far this season, it’s as simple as that.

Time for a change on Sunday against Sunderland, and it wouldn’t surprise us at all,  if a certain Shola Ameobi is the hero come 3:30 pm on Sunday afternoon.

Howay The Lads!!

33 comments so far

  • balubas1

    Oct 29, 2010 at 4:15 PM

    Comment #1

    I love/hate Ameobi. He looks so crap sometimes, but then he pulles some magic out of nowhere.

    His goals against Chelsea was fantastic. I havent seen anywone pass the ball in the net from 20yds out since Henry was on his top at Arsenal. His header was just pure power and skill. Where does he get it from?

    He has killed off Scum before, he may do it again. But not at the expence of Carroll. If Ameobi starts, I hope it is with Carroll.

  • nuttyward

    Oct 29, 2010 at 4:36 PM

    Comment #2

    Shame Arfa isnt playing against the Scum.
    i hope ameobi starts with carol up front. with Nolan just playing behind the 2 of them.
    I can See the TOON winning this one and ime going to say 2-0 with jonas getting the winner.


  • CT

    Oct 29, 2010 at 5:14 PM

    Comment #3

    Hope the players prove that all this crap about Hoots job being on the line is just that,CRAP!! Starting with Mackems!! Hoots remit this season and our priority is SURVIVAL!! 3pnts agin Mackems, 0 pnts agin Arse(A), 3pnts agin B`burn(H) and 3 pnts agin F`ham(H)= 9pnts from next 4 games. All doable!! 20 bloody points by end of NOV(don`t xpect owt at Chelsea) Halfway there, by end NOV!!! Bloody hell man, we`ll take that won`t we. Apart from 2nd half agin Manure we could /should and deserved something from every other game!!

  • Mo Drysdale

    Oct 29, 2010 at 5:16 PM

    Comment #4

    I think Shola is a great lad and a loyal player however I do on occasion question his work ethik and much prefer him in the super sub role. Chris should have some balls and attack the mackams, three big lads at the back if campbel is fit, Enrique has the engine to cover back for the 3 to switch to 4. Spiderman should have a free role comming of the left to have free reign and be unpredictable, great player but he is becoming predictable in the interchanges he has with Enrique. This would force Enrique to put those great crosses in that he does.__I also think Routledge for his pace, he also has a good work ethic to cover back.





  • GeordieDan

    Oct 29, 2010 at 5:25 PM

    Comment #5

    Mo –

    That’s a terrible formation. A 3-3-3-1?

    Where’s our right-back? Where’s Shola-he’s loves scorin’ against the scum? Plus a formation that they’ve never played in before(for good reason), we’d get hammered.

    U a Mackem? ;oD

  • CT

    Oct 29, 2010 at 5:26 PM

    Comment #6

    AYE another thing 1 pnt away to Bolton , 1pnt home to Chelsea 22 points in total by end NOV!!! HOOTS manager of the month, new contract in the bag because board can`t afford to lose him, new assistant is in place. SORTED!!!!

  • GeordieDan

    Oct 29, 2010 at 5:28 PM

    Comment #7

    The team picks itself in my opinion, ot necessarily coz they’re all world beaters its just that we’ve got nowt better at present to replace em with:

    Carroll, Ameobi

    Like I said, not perfect but best we can do. We’ll still batter the scum with this formation tho am sure. We’d better!

    HWTLs do us proud!!!!!!!!

  • xfer

    Oct 29, 2010 at 5:44 PM

    Comment #8

    Agree with the love/hate on Shola. Hes crap mostly, but has contributed to some goals when we needed most. His long shot is crappy (his goal against Chelsea was soft), so please stop trying those!

  • Mo Drysdale

    Oct 29, 2010 at 5:45 PM

    Comment #9

    Dan, see what your saying mate, but I was thinking more like a 3-5-2. the old xmas tree formation.

    I just think we are a bit predictable at home mate. And by the way I am deafinately not a scum sucker. Travel from Plymouth to Newcastle for most home games, unfortunately have to miss the big match this weekend.

    Howay the lads.

  • CT

    Oct 29, 2010 at 5:49 PM

    Comment #10

    Mo, playing 3 keepers! Yeh that`ll do it!!

  • CT

    Oct 29, 2010 at 5:52 PM

    Comment #11

    Geordie D, you won`t far away with that line up!

  • CT

    Oct 29, 2010 at 5:53 PM

    Comment #12

    won`t be far away, I meant.

  • Mo Drysdale

    Oct 29, 2010 at 5:56 PM

    Comment #13

    Sorry lads,
    Obviously went pare shaped.
    And I haven’t even had a drink yet.


  • CT

    Oct 29, 2010 at 6:08 PM

    Comment #14

    MO, playing 3 at the back means you have to protect the space in front of them try

    But Geordie D`s line is what he`do 4:4:2

  • GeordieDan

    Oct 29, 2010 at 6:11 PM

    Comment #15


    Gud lad! That’s some travelling. A proper supporter indeed. Sorry I ever doubted ya. ;o)

    At least ur team’s definitely attack minded. Would love it if welcome out of the blocks quickly and get a goal early.

    We need to really give them a hard game and press them for the whole match. Make no mistake this is the best Scum side we’ve played for decades so it’s going to take everything we’ve got to give them a beating. I just hope us 50000 screaming mental Geordies will tip the balance in our favour!

    CAN’T WAIT NOW!!!!

  • CT

    Oct 29, 2010 at 6:11 PM

    Comment #16

    OOPS, only 10 players, missed Guthrie next to Barton!

  • GeordieDan

    Oct 29, 2010 at 6:15 PM

    Comment #17


    I like the idea of Ryan Taylor maybe coming in for his spectacular free kicks mind! Maybe in the 2nd half if we’re having success around there box? I would jump through the roof of the Gallowgate if he smashed in one of his ‘Taylor made'(sorry) specials.

    Could be a good shout that. But as you said I’d be very surprised if it’s anything different from my prediction.

  • Mo Drysdale

    Oct 29, 2010 at 6:16 PM

    Comment #18

    CT, Yes I would have Tiote covering the back 3 much the same as Smith covered the back 4 last year. Spot on with your suggestion apart from you only have 9 Outfield players. I think you are right, Chris will play the formation and team Geordie D suggested.

  • Steve_48

    Oct 29, 2010 at 6:26 PM

    Comment #19

    I was at the last NUFC vs mackem game when we won 3-2 when Strolla popped up and made all the difference, he KNOWS how much Sunday’s game means to us and will not let us down, give him service and he will score, for me we’re at home 4-4-2, Barton & Jonas need to be fed the ball to cross, and I think Carroll needs to be in there as well.

    It was a truly magic day and I want the same again on Sunday


  • Mo Drysdale

    Oct 29, 2010 at 6:30 PM

    Comment #20

    Cheers Dan,

    Hate to say it about the Mackams but I think you are right, 2 things may sway it.
    1. Titus is due a F— Up
    2. They are quite a young team and experience may pay in our favour.

  • CT

    Oct 29, 2010 at 6:38 PM

    Comment #21

    Raylor is crap at fullback, against Arse he was all over the place, but in a wingback type role with cover behind him feeding crosses in ALA Becks for Andy/Shola, then that appeals!

  • Flop

    Oct 29, 2010 at 7:01 PM

    Comment #22

    I would start with the same team as west ham. Shola and andy will both be right up for this they’re both toon through and through

  • GeordieGerman

    Oct 29, 2010 at 7:35 PM

    Comment #23

    The only person I don’t want to see on the pitch is another biased Ref.

  • balubas1

    Oct 29, 2010 at 8:13 PM

    Comment #24


    Don’t even say it…. we get screwed over almost every game now…

  • acuna

    Oct 29, 2010 at 8:27 PM

    Comment #25

    Dirty Scummy Scum.been waiting for sunday for some time.come on the toon

  • daffy

    Oct 29, 2010 at 9:17 PM

    Comment #26

    Wont matter what formation yous put out , it wont be enough as the balance of power has shifted from Tyneside to Wearside , our bench would be to strong for you lot , we can cope with any atmosphere after all the lads play at home to the most intimidating crowd in the league . Let the battle commence!

  • GeordieDan

    Oct 29, 2010 at 9:24 PM

    Comment #27

    Blah, blah, blah u little Mackem muppet . Nuff said. LETS GET READY TO RUMMMMMBBBLLLLE!!!!

  • GeordieDan

    Oct 29, 2010 at 9:26 PM

    Comment #28

    SAFC will be “daffy-ducked” on Sunday at SJP. As per usual.

  • daffy

    Oct 29, 2010 at 9:44 PM

    Comment #29

    Per usual is history marra.

  • munch27

    Oct 29, 2010 at 10:14 PM

    Comment #30

    Ed i think you should get the virus protection for this blog checked cos god knows what viruses and parasites the Mackem left.

  • kevymartins

    Oct 30, 2010 at 12:22 AM

    Comment #31

    I would play 3 up front with andy carroll .shola ameobi an nile ranger all playing a center role would be very hard to handle..with joey barton swinging balls in from everywere

  • Brutooon

    Oct 30, 2010 at 1:09 AM

    Comment #32

    stick with the west ham game formation

    a direct 4-4-2 is all we need

    howay da lads

    1-0 to the toon

  • Sav

    Oct 30, 2010 at 1:51 AM

    Comment #33

    Shola has been fitter this season than for a long time. looks sharp and hard to play against. No doubt having his kid brother coming through the reserves will focus Shola’s attention.


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