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.