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.
“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!!