The one thing about Shola Ameobi that’s engrained in my memory from yesterday, is how did the local lad ever miss that open goal after just two minutes?
Shola Ameobi – in action yesterday
It’s all woulda coulda shoulda – but if Shola had taken that golden opportunity, heaven knows how the game would have ended up yesterday, but I doubt if a Sunderland late goal would have meant anything.
Alan Pardew seems to have been impressed with Shola in training, but we hear from a number of sources that Ameobi is always terrific on the training field, but doesn’t always produce that form during games.
Shola had a decent game yesterday up front with Leon Best, who is now getting something of a chance at Newcastle, and that’s good for him.
The one thing that Alan Pardew has said about Shola is that he would like to see him more available than he’s been, because of all the injuries he picks up – especially those hamstring injuries.
This is what Shola said today:
“I am looking forward now, I am looking, hopefully, to stay fit now and help us get to that magical 40 points and kick on.”
” It’s a long, hard season and you are going to have injuries.”
“It’s tough when you haven’t been able to train at your training ground for two months.”
“But we just have to keep on working away and hopefully you have a little bit of luck on the injury front. But hopefully, I am here to stay.”
Ameobi wasn’t able to add to his goal tally against Sunderland yesterday, but that early chance was the chance of the match, although just four minutes later Darren Bent was clean through too, but Steve Harper made a good save.
And it’s interesting that Darren suddenly wants to leave Sunderland for Aston Villa, as he put in his surprise transfer request today, but we understand it has nothing to do with the news that they are willing to pay him £70K/week. Right!
And Sunderland will get anywhere from £18M to £24M for the player, if they accept the deal, depending on future appearances and the like.
It seems to us that American Randy Lerner, the Aston Villa owner, has more money than sense, because that ‘s overpaying big time for the player. Who do they think they are – Manchester City?
There was a time when players were actually loyal to their clubs, but we suppose that’s old fashioned nowadays.
The Geordie fans were terribly disappointed at the end of the game, as Newcastle seemed to throw 2 points away, and the players obviously felt the same way, with Joey Barton on his knees in despair, after the final whistle was blown.
“We went into the dressing room disappointed. With the way we played over the 90 minutes, to lose it like that in the 94th minute was very disappointing.”
“It felt like a defeat in the dressing room, which is testament to the boys and to the manager.””We went there fully expecting to get three points regardless of if we were at home or away.”
“We know our away form has been good this season and we put in a good performance, and with the nature of the goal, we were robbed there a little bit.”
“I am still debating whether Nobby touched it or not, but I am delighted with my contribution.”
Shola will never get credit for the goal, because it looks like Kevin Nolan nudged the ball home, but Shola did well to get to the ball from the corner, and Newcastle are starting to look awesome at set plays these days.
But it was a more than decent performance from the Newcastle side, who were missing Andy Carroll, Cheick Tiote and Steven Taylor from the side.
“It’s important that we have a good squad and everyone pitches in. Andy has obviously been in terrific form this season, he has been our main talisman.”
“But you don’t win games with one guy, you have to have the support of everyone in the team and in the squad. Leon Best played and did fantastically well.”
“He put himself about and he will score goals.” “Unfortunately, we couldn’t do that on Sunday, but I am sure while Andy is out, whoever comes in will do a good job for us.”
We are hoping that Andy is back for the Spurs game on Saturday, but if not it would appear that both Shola and Leon Best will get another chance to impress, and the question will be who replaces Alan Smith and Cheick Tiote in defensive midfield?
It looks like it’s between Danny Guthrie and Dan Gosling, with Danny probably getting the nod, after doing well in the game yesterday.