Ameobi Claims To Have Solved Newcastle Inconsistency Problem


Shola Ameobi has told the Daily Mirror today that he thinks he knows why Newcastle have been so inconsistent this season.

Shola Ameobi – has he solved the inconsistency problem?

If that’s the case then this is worth listening to.

Shola thinks against the good sides, the Newcastle players are keyed up for those games and keep a good shape throughout the match, which is not always the case against the lesser sides in the Premier League.

Shola told the Daily Mirror today:

“It is a little annoying our best performances keep coming against the best teams and then we drop points against the others.” “When we play the top teams, I think we’re naturally a bit more cautious. We have a good shape and we limit them to a few chances. We are a lot more solid and we don’t let them play. We have to take that into every single game.”

“When we are playing a team we feel we should be beating, we’ve been a little bit too gung-ho and left ourselves open at the back. It’s about getting that balance right. We are still finding our feet back in the Premier League and we’re not quite there yet. We’re learning from these experiences, but we have to take that forward.”

“We’re going to have more difficult days like we did at Bolton, we’ve always know that would happen, but we have got to make sure we bounce back and bounce back well. It’s great to do that against Chelsea because we’ve shown we can hold our own against the best teams in the division again when we are on our game.”

“It felt good to get that sort of point against a team as good as Chelsea’s after the result at Bolton the previous weekend. We needed a big performance from everyone, they are the reigning champions and it was never going to be an easy game. We had to be at our best, we had to dig in at time and I thought we were brilliant at doing that.”

“If we had kept it at 1-0 before half-time, who knows, we might even have won it as they would have had to open up and look for the equalizer which would have suited us.” “It’s a good point in the circumstances. We had to take the pain of Bolton.”

“You can’t just forget about something like that and brush it under the carpet like it didn’t happen. It hurt and it wasn’t until Tues afternoon that we closed that game down as a team. It was vitally important for us that we did that. We had to learn from the mistakes and then we had to focus on putting it right.”

If Shola is right with what he says, then Newcastle have a wonderful chance to fix the inconsistency problem at the Hawthorns on Sunday afternoon, against WBA.

On form we must have a good chance of collecting all three points from one of the other promotion sides, and although West Brom seem in good form, having demolished Everton 4-1 at Goodison Park on Saturday, Newcastle can also play a bit, and we’ll have Joey Barton back too.

And Newcastle haven’t had a win in the last four league games, having lost two and drawn two, so we need to start picking up some wins.

We also have to hope that Joey Barton has a good game on his return after suspension, just like Cheick Tiote did on Sunday.

Tiote was great in the middle of the park for Newcastle against Chelsea, and having both Tiote and Barton in the center of the park for the Magpies,  could mean a win for the lads on Sunday.

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10 comments so far

  • CT

    Nov 30, 2010 at 11:43 AM

    Comment #1

    Shola and inconsitency pretty much go together unfortunately, one decent game in ten is no good for us. Routs needs to watch a video of Lennon against L`pool to show how to use pace effectively.

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  • albert27

    Nov 30, 2010 at 11:53 AM

    Comment #2

    WBA have a very inconsistent home form – though shine on their travels when the pressure is off – so we stand a decent chance if we can cut out the defensive errors.

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  • bentoon

    Nov 30, 2010 at 11:54 AM

    Comment #3

    WBA will be a difficult game no doubt about it. They have pace at the back with Odemwingie, and Sol and STaylor will have to be on guard all game.

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  • Toonkistan

    Nov 30, 2010 at 12:12 PM

    Comment #4

    When can we ship out this donkey …he frustrate me so much at most of the times with his daft touches and lazy movement and no power in long range shots whatsoever but then he shows some moments of brilliance after 5 games…..i hope we ship him out this summer

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  • Davies

    Nov 30, 2010 at 12:36 PM

    Comment #5

    Personally, I’d like to keep hold of Shola. I get the bashing, because of his inconsistency and some of his daft touches, but he has bailed us out a fair few times this season and last.

    He plays a decent second fiddle to Carroll, and he doesn’t seem to mind that, where I think other forwards might.

    He’s also netted six for us this season. so maybe we give the lad a break, eh?

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  • bentoon

    Nov 30, 2010 at 12:46 PM

    Comment #6

    How many has Lovenkrands scored? Teams dont like playing against big strong center forwards. So until we can sign another striker with a killer, clinical finish and movement we should keep hold of Ameobi. I know people are harping on about Ranger, but at the minute i dont think he is quite ready for week in week out starting place.

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  • StevieGee

    Nov 30, 2010 at 2:22 PM

    Comment #7

    Shola scores some important goals and with him and Carroll upfront we cause problems for opposition defences.

    Hughton has it right at the moment with these two starting and Ranger coming on for the last 15-20 minutes. Shola doesn’t score every game but 6 goals this season isn’t a bad return from the amount of games he’s started.

    Carroll only has 3 more remember! 😉

    Sometimes he could graft a bit more but that’s an attitude thing for Hughton to sort out.

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  • RossGellar

    Nov 30, 2010 at 3:39 PM

    Comment #8

    Yes, Shola, we could have won if we held 1-0 until half time. We could have also won if you put away half of your chances.

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  • ash1001

    Nov 30, 2010 at 4:19 PM

    Comment #9

    Whats Shola going to do leave in January, that will solve one of the biggest inconsistency problems we have, when the last time he played the full 90 mins – that says it all.

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  • Sav

    Dec 1, 2010 at 3:24 AM

    Comment #10

    The lad was carrying a hamstring. Anyone could see it was a below-par performance (sorry for mixing sports metaphors) so if you want to blame anyone this time, it has to be Hoots and I don’t think nthat is justified either.

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