Shola Ameobi has his critics among the Newcastle fans, but nobody was complaining at the end of yesterday’s game.
Shola Ameobi – after scoring yesterday
Shola came on after 71 minutes with Ben Arfa, and he was very lively, and not only that but he scored a brilliant equalizer after 86 minutes that would have taken the roof off St. James’ Park – if we had one.
Alan Pardew has said today that when Shola scored it was like the Arsenal game back in February, and that when the manager first arrived at the club, he found it difficult to understand the reputation Shola had with the fans, with what he was seeing from Shola in practice.
And Alan made a point that Shola is just terrific to have in the dressing room.
Bit there’s no doubt, after being out injured a few weeks, it would have been difficult for Shola to have a better performance and all credit to the 30 year-old for that, because it shows excellent character.
And even Harry Redknapp commented that Shola’s introduction seemed to energize Newcastle.
Shola was obviously pleased with the impact he had on the game and maybe this is the best way to use a player who sometimes gets lost when he starts?
This is what Shola said today:
“I’m the other side of 30 now, and it’s flown by,” he smiled. “Every season I come back, it’s always a pleasure but God knows it flies.”
“To be 30 years old now, as one of the veterans” “But I look forward to hopefully a few more years in the Newcastle squad.”
Shola is still a youngster at 30 years of age and 40 is today’s 30 of a few decades back, anyway that’s what I am told. And didn’t John Lennon say something about it’s all over when you reach 30 – well he was wrong about that one - thank goodness.
Shola hit his 71st goal yesterday for Newcastle, in what was his 303rd appearance for his home town club.
Shola was asked if it was one of his best goals for the club:
“I can’t remember that far back – my memory isn’t the best being 30 and all!”
“But it’s certainly up there. It was a great strike and being on my left side, with the angle – and with what it meant as well, keeping that unbeaten run – it was fantastic.”
It was an astonishing strike from Shola, and a goal that deservedly gave Newcastle a well earned point, and also allowed the Magpies to remain unbeaten, but there again we could have won the thing in injury time.
But we’ll not be greedy, but we we need all 3 points against Wigan next Saturday afternoon.