Shola Ameobi came on for Ben Arfa in the second half yesterday and almost scored with a terrific shot which thundered off the post with Petr Cech beaten.
Shola Ameobi – all hands to the pump
In fact Newcastle hit the woodwork three times yesterday, and just like the game at the Etihad Stadium two weeks ago, we had very little luck in the game.
But Newcastle fought like crazy yesterday to try to come back into the game, and wer in with a chance of a draw until the 89the minute when Salomon Kalou scored Chelsea’s second.
And then would you believe it in injury time Daniel Sturridge scored Chelsea’s third goal the give the scoreline an unreal look to it. People reading that score who hadn’t seen the game would think it was an easy game for Chelsea, but it wasn’t.
Shola talked about that thunderbolt shot he had in the second half:
“It’s one of those things.” “I think the keeper thought it was in as well because he hasn’t moved,” “It’s one of those things.” “But the good thing was that in the second half we took the game to them.”
“We were pretty disappointed and didn’t really feel that we had control of the game in the first half, and wanted to get back to the way we have been all season – which is going after teams.”
“We did that well and a couple of inches here or there and we’d have probably got an equaliser. But it wasn’t to be and when you’re playing against quality opposition like that, they’re always going to punish you.”
“And they did that. We just have to move on from this quickly. It’s a bad day at the office and that’s what we’ll call it as. It was just one of those games – the goal just didn’t come at the time we needed it to.”
“We could probably have snatched a goal when it was 1-0 and that might have changed the game. And there was the big call after five minutes when Luiz stayed on the pitch, which probably changes the game.”
“But we’re not going to cry and moan about it. We were beaten today by the better team and we just need to keep together now and rally.” “Chelsea are a good side. Obviously they’re not doing as well as they would like but they’ve got quality players and they showed that today.”
Shola had one of those games when you think he looks a very good player, and certainly if that shot had gone in, it would have changed the game for Newcastle.
But at least Shola looks sharp and wanting to score goals, which could bode well for Newcastle in the games that lie ahead against lesser sides.
And Demba Ba looked very sharp yesterday too, and was unlucky not to score on a few occasions.
And of course losing Steven Taylor and Fab Coloccini to injury was a big body blow to the team in yesterday’s game, with Steven’s Achilles injury probably being serious.
This is what Shola said about the injuries:
“It’s a big blow losing both of our centre-halves today and we’re really going to have to have all hands to the pump over the next few weeks to help us keep this lofty position that we’ve found ourselves in.”
Good words from Shola, who Alan Pardew has a very high opinion of,as both a player and a person, and often talks about how great Shola is in the dressing room.
It’s going top be a big test for manager Alan Pardew as to how he circumvents the injuries to Taylor and Coloccini.
But our opinion on Alan as a manager has been raised so much in this last year, that we’re sure his management and motivational skills will come in very useful over the next few games.
Alan is looking like he may be a long term manager at Newcastle, and of course we’ve never had one of those since the incomparable Bobby Robson was at the club.
Things are still very bright for Newcastle this season, in spite of the injuries, which were going to happen at some time this season.
It’s how Alan Pardew and his troops now respond that is important.
Howay The Lads!!