Newcastle look like they are a tough team to beat this season, and the side seems to have lost none of their mental strength from the last two seasons.
Shola Ameobi – in action at Sunderland
And Alan Pardew has the lads playing good attacking football as we saw on Saturday at Villa Park, and that was away from home too.
Shola Ameobi came on for Leon Best after 68 minutes, just 11 minutes after Best had scored Newcastle’s equalizing goal.
And I cannot be the only one that thought that substitution didn’t make too much sense, as Shola was not good last Monday night, and Leon is the in-form striker, and had just scored.
Shola Ameobi has given a few interviews today to the local Newcastle press corps, and was pleased with the result on Saturday, although he admits it could have been all 3 points:
“It’s never easy to win games in this league and we knew as a team and a squad that a good start is always important,” “All the players have really cottoned on to what we need to do to win games and get results.” “There are a few of us still here from last year and we know how to win games.”
“After finishing last season on a high we’ve just kept kicking on. It’s great for our confidence when we come to places like this and get a result.”
“I thought after about 20, 25 minutes we started playing and showed that character we have all season. To come back from a goal behind again, away from home, was great. For most of that game it looked as if we were the home side. We can take great confidence from that into the next game.”
“It’s not an easy place to come as we’ve found out in the past, but we came here with confidence and beside the first 20 minutes I thought we dominated. If it hadn’t been for Shay Given we could have had three points.”
“The most important part of a season is the end but if you get a good start it sets you up nicely.” “To be unbeaten in six games in is fantastic.” “The fans will back the team at home, hopefully we can grab another three points against Blackburn on Saturday.”
It could be that Alan Pardew will rest Leon Best tomorrow night and play either Shola or Demba Ba up front, with the great Ben Arfa playing in the withdrawn striker role.
With Ben Arfa in the side, and Yohan Cabaye being allowed to push further up the field, as he did in the second half on Saturday to great effect, that should make Newcastle a much more potent side, and we must go all out to win at Nottingham Forest.
This team is good enough to have a decent run in the Carling Cup this season, with just a little bit of luck in the draw.
Howay The Lads!!
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