Even though Shola Ameobi missed the proverbial sitter, after just two minutes on Sunday, he didn’t let that miss get to him, and we thought he had more than a decent game yesterday for the Newcastle side.
Shola – after scoring on Sunday after 19 minutes
And Shola thinks Newcastle can do well in the absence of star striker Andy Carroll, as he said this today to the Evening Chronicle:
“We’ve got other strikers in the squad who can score goals.” “I go out there every game with the same mentality.”
“I try to help the team and score goals.” “Andy’s a massive miss for us with the quality he brings to the team.”
“Hopefully, I can come in now and show what I can do.” “I know when I’m fully fit, and at my best, I can get goals.”
“We’ve got other strikers who can step up to the plate, and I’m sure we’ll do that. “
And Ameobi when he has played over the last 15 months has shown some of his best form ever at the club, and Newcastle now need the Nigerian-born striker to step up to the plate in the next few games, while Andy is out recuperating from his thigh injury.
“It’s a big win for us after a disappointing Christmas period.” “We needed to make a statement.”
“I missed quite an easy chance in the first couple of minutes but fortunately enough I made amends with an even easier chance.”
“I’m delighted to be able to come straight back in the team and score what turned out to be winning goal, and help us get three points. “It puts us in good stead for Wednesday.”
“December hasn’t been a great month for me – even before Liverpool I was feeling my hamstring.”
“Not being able to train for the last five weeks with the snow doesn’t help either.” “Hopefully, this will be the start of me staying fit.”
“We can use this victory as a stepping stone to kick on.”
Shola now has a big chance to show new manager Alan Pardew what he can do for the club, and Alan seems to have been pleased with the 28 year-old striker’s contribution yesterday.
Certainly we have another crucial game against West Ham on Wednesday night at St, James’ Park, and we need to continue to beat the lesser sides in the Premier League.
If we can keep doing that then safety in the Premier League could come quite a few weeks before the end of the season.