Alan Pardew should have learned a lot from the game on Thursday night at Scunthorpe.
Sammy Ameobi – about to be mobbed after scoring the winner
Alan should try to sort out why Newcastle look completely hopeless in the first half of every game, and he should look at playing more of the Newcastle youngsters, as Sammy Ameobi and Haris Vuckic provided the extra energy for Newcastle after the two youngsters were brought on in the second half.
Haris Vuckic looked the class player he’s surely going to become, and he even looked majestic at times, and Sammy Ameobi was a live wire down the left wing, and made two great chances that Gosling and Best missed when he crossed balls from the left wing.
And of course, in the second half of extra time young Sammy scored a simply stunning winner for Newcastle.
And until Pardew can get a striker who can take simple chances and put the ball into the back of the net, Alan may have to find a place for Ryan Taylor in the side, as the Liverpudlian scored with another stunning free kick for Newcastle after 80 minutes.
Scunthorpe were much the better side in the first half and the Magpies had goalkeeper Tim Krul to thank for several stunning saves to keep Newcastle in this game, and this lad must have a good chance to become Holland’s first choice goalkeeper.
Newcastle were much better after the break (as usual) and should really have won the game in the 90 minutes, but missed far too many chances, and Pardew will be begging Mike Ashley to get him a striker before September 1st, who can convert simple chances.
Newcastle should have bought Shane Long from Reading.
Sammy Ameobi will get most of the accolades for tonight’s win, along with Tim Krul and Ryan Taylor, and certainly Alan Pardew was a happy man at the end of this game, as he told Sky Sports:
“I’ve been saying privately he could threaten a place in this first team,” “He had a couple of cameos at Chelsea at the back end of last season.”
“He’s got a great brother who will keep his feet on the ground and great parents.” “He was terrific tonight and it was a fabulous goal. He’s a different player to his brother – his feet are electric at times.”
“It’s a tight pitch and they are an organised side who gave us a lot of problems in the first half – but we were cheap with the ball and didn’t really look like we were up for the game.”
“Sometimes it’s difficult to get the attitude of the players right – they almost expect things to happen sometimes – and we were lucky in some respects to be only 1-0 down at half-time.”
“But in the second half we were terrific and could have got two or three, we really had them on the back foot.”
Sammy looked great tonight,and helped turn the game for Newcastle, who were lucky to get away with an absolutely abysmal performance in the first 45 minutes.
And surely the form of both Sammy Ameobi and Harris Vuckic proves that the Newcastle youngsters deserve a real chance to show that they can do in the first team?
Newcastle scored two stunning goals but it was the six or seven sitters they missed that was disturbing – where’s my boots?
The job was completed tonight, but it was really hard work – but our lads found a way to win the game in the end – and that’s always important.
Howay The Lads!!