Shola Ameobi – All Hands To The Pump At Newcastle


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!!



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64 comments so far

  • Indian Magpie

    Dec 4, 2011 at 9:21 AM

    Comment #1

    Socrates : R.I.P

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  • Indian Magpie

    Dec 4, 2011 at 9:21 AM

    Comment #2

    rather heskey than him

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  • Nick Sly

    Dec 4, 2011 at 9:40 AM

    Comment #3

    I cannot understand what Alan Pardew was thinking at half time taking off Ben Arfa.

    He was the only player on the field with true creativity. Every time he got the ball you saw the Chelsea defence sit up straight, because they know he can waltz past any defensive line. He makes at least 2 defenders commit to him, which leaves acres of space for anyone to latch onto one of his perfectly weighted lay-offs.

    Instead he put on a slow, and technically weak Shola Ameobi, and seriously, other than his shot against the post, can anyone remember any other time that he really threatened.

    His only attacking move is to drop to the floor after contesting for an aerial ball in an attempt to win a free kick.

    If we want to break down the defence of any of the top 7 sides in the Premier League we need HBA on the field.

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  • chanty

    Dec 4, 2011 at 9:49 AM

    Comment #4

    i got to give shola some credit, he did make a difference. would of prefered to have seen lovenkrands come off at half time though

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  • Rotonda heights

    Dec 4, 2011 at 9:52 AM

    Comment #5

    I was desperately disappointed with Pardew yesterday. I have never seen a manager be so un pro-active or even reactive to a game situation.

    Week in, week in, Raylor is getting more and more exposed.
    SWP, Defoe, Richards and now Sturridge etc, it’s getting silly, as teams target Raylor more and more. All 1st half Raylor was getting torn a new one by Sturridge but nothing from Pardew at tall.

    Guttierez has sacrificed getting forward to protect Raylor when we have a 5M international left back on the bench. If you want to play Raylor, put him right midfield but not left back.

    And then to take off ben Arfa, WTF!!! Ben Arfa and Santon are potentially our 2 best players and I just hope pardew doesn’t start acting like he did with Tevez and Mascherano and wouldn’t play them.

    We have over achieved so far, but pardew was poor yesterday when a blind man would have put raylor our of his misery.

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  • Rotonda heights

    Dec 4, 2011 at 9:59 AM

    Comment #6

    surely tavernier can be recalled and Kadar drafted in rather than going with Perch?

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  • seantoon

    Dec 4, 2011 at 10:05 AM

    Comment #7

    Off topic I think the zaha transfer would be a good deal. Him and Marvin Sordell. The money we will be paying for the maiga deal could be spent on the two players instead. It’s about time we got our hands on some of this young up and coming next big thing English talent

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  • Brutooon

    Dec 4, 2011 at 10:11 AM

    Comment #8

    1) If AP want to introduce Ameobi, then he shud replace Lovenkrands – he done nothing. HBA at least got some creativity eventhough put him at the left wing

    2) Raylor is not a left back. If i am the opponent’s manager, i will either play a 60 years old winger OR a 8 yrs old winger and will still easily get pass RAYLOR. i like Raylor, but as a midfield not a defender!

    3) Santon is unproven at the BPL. But how can he show what is capable when he is not given any game? thats just pure stupidity

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  • magpie6699

    Dec 4, 2011 at 10:12 AM

    Comment #9

    Nick Sly – what game were you at? In the first half we were poor as an attacking force and Ben Arfa, much as I love him, was constantly getting caught in blind alleys and created nothing, Shola, on the other hand , made a big difference when he came on and actually had a good game. He caused them problems in the air and with his link play and nearly scored a cracker of a goal. We changed to a more direct approach with 2 up front and it worked – good substitution, Pardew.
    On another day, the right tactics will be HBA but don’t let your prejudices change the facts of the game.

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  • Rotonda heights

    Dec 4, 2011 at 10:19 AM

    Comment #10

    it’s not prejudices, we saw a left back repeatedly torn to shreds and taking ben arfa off instead of lovenk for example meant long balls all second half.

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  • Rotonda heights

    Dec 4, 2011 at 10:20 AM

    Comment #11

    how did it work. we lost 3-0 and krul stopped it being a cricket score

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  • ebol

    Dec 4, 2011 at 10:32 AM

    Comment #12

    On a more hopeful note, great to hear radiation treatment is finished Ed. Get well soon.

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  • Lee Dodd

    Dec 4, 2011 at 10:40 AM

    Comment #13

    Yea Its Time to Drop Ryan Taylor and Put Davide Santon in there as all the teams are gong down that side and were getting to exposed – We are going to have a tough time now as with Coloccini and Steven taylor out we are more than exposed as Perch is not the man and who else have we ???? Mike Williamson out for another month so who will go in ??? Tiote or Guthrie Maybe ??? Cabaye ??? ….

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  • Dannyo

    Dec 4, 2011 at 10:42 AM

    Comment #14

    @nicky sly
    I can understand it.
    Terry and Luiz struggled allot holding Ba back, Ben Arfa never found rythm and didn’t challenge the two CBs too well.
    I probs wouldv’e done the same thing, Shola, even bigger than Ba, also caused Terry and Luiz problems. The game could’ve been different had we started Shola, but oh well, things went how they did.

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  • Geordie-Jake

    Dec 4, 2011 at 10:48 AM

    Comment #15

    Hav u heard spuds r after krul :'( i wish these teams wud f’ck off

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  • seantoon

    Dec 4, 2011 at 10:51 AM

    Comment #16

    @Lee
    I honestly think we should stick with perch. No way could Guthrie or cabaye play centre back. You will have seen cabayes tackling in the box yesterday. And neither of them are good in the air. Tiote maybe could do a job but I think we need him back in the middle of the park asap

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  • Lee Dodd

    Dec 4, 2011 at 10:57 AM

    Comment #17

    One thing We Forget We have an Argentinian International Left Back !!!! Whey do We play in in Midfield when we can have Sammy there ??? Alex on Loan Even Would Be a Good Signing Until the Summer !!!!

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  • mickybraham

    Dec 4, 2011 at 11:02 AM

    Comment #18

    I dont know why everyone is slamming pards for taking off ben arfa when it made a obvious positive difference. He knows the team and the game better than us all so have faith!!!!

    first half we were pretty bad but second we were unlucky not to level it

    Perch had a decent game and even perch is better than anyone else out of position at CB. Personally I would like to see kadar given a chance and if colo and saylor are going to be out he may have to play both kadar and perch! not the end of the world.

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  • Dannyo

    Dec 4, 2011 at 11:03 AM

    Comment #19

    @Lee
    We have an argentinian international left back? Would u kindly name him, cause i’ve not seen him.
    We have an argy winger and a CB last time i checked.

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  • seantoon

    Dec 4, 2011 at 11:08 AM

    Comment #20

    Sami isn’t on a par with guti yet Lee. Guti does so much for us and on his day it’s like having 2players on the park the amount of work rate he puts in! We need santon left back guti left wing and once they have gelled we will be dangerous on that left flank once again.

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  • Lee Dodd

    Dec 4, 2011 at 11:08 AM

    Comment #21

    Jonas Had Played for Argentina at Left Back !!!!!! Did it For Maradona !!!! Yesterday Showed Mike Ashley and Derek Llambias If they want us in the Top 6 this season Then they have to Spend Some Seriouse Money in January .. 2 Centre Halves and 2 New Strikers !!!! and Not a Bloody Kuqi !!!!

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  • seantoon

    Dec 4, 2011 at 11:08 AM

    Comment #22

    I agree with the Alex loan though it’s just a case of whether we are prepared to pay out for his wages.

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  • niafron

    Dec 4, 2011 at 11:09 AM

    Comment #23

    Bonjour messieurs.

    What will happen today? An earthquake, a hurricane?

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  • Lee Dodd

    Dec 4, 2011 at 11:10 AM

    Comment #24

    Once Coloccini Went of You Could See it Coming !!!

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  • niafron

    Dec 4, 2011 at 11:11 AM

    Comment #25

    Marv, Colo and Saylor out… Tioté too maybe. When will Jonas come back?

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  • NorseToonBrann

    Dec 4, 2011 at 11:13 AM

    Comment #26

    Guys, whats the news on Staylor and Colo? Tayls out for the season huh? f me… To see our worst fear just happen like that.. Both CB’s. I feel like smashing something to pieces

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  • seantoon

    Dec 4, 2011 at 11:13 AM

    Comment #27

    He’s back next game it was only a 1match ban

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  • Dannyo

    Dec 4, 2011 at 11:14 AM

    Comment #28

    @niafron
    I understood it’s only a 1 match ban, could be wrong tho.

    @Lee
    Yes, he did that for Maradona, you ofc realise it he did it for Maradona. And also, he was shite in that position

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  • roshan MAGPIE

    Dec 4, 2011 at 11:15 AM

    Comment #29

    NO niafron MIKE ASHLEY will dance nude which IS worse than EARTHQUAKE or HURRICANE

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  • niafron

    Dec 4, 2011 at 11:15 AM

    Comment #30

    Well, good news…

    But it will not help us in defense.

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  • NorseToonBrann

    Dec 4, 2011 at 11:16 AM

    Comment #31

    Today feels like before

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  • niafron

    Dec 4, 2011 at 11:18 AM

    Comment #32

    I will not even try to give a team this week. I’m a football fan, i don’t make magic!

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  • Dannyo

    Dec 4, 2011 at 11:20 AM

    Comment #33

    @niafron
    Lol, what?! I thought the french did magic quite well, u somehow managed to win the WC once 😛

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  • Ian Magpie

    Dec 4, 2011 at 11:22 AM

    Comment #34

    Due to our paper thin squad this was always likely to happen! We def need players in Jan now and its over to you Mr Ashley and Mr Lambsarse! If you back us we may just go for Europe, if you don’t we could well falter. At least we will see the ambition (or lack of it) by the club and where they really want us to go!

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  • niafron

    Dec 4, 2011 at 11:24 AM

    Comment #35

    Was really a terrible game. And what is really awfull, Pard just gived up at half time.

    He realised the team was utterly dominated in the middle and simply leaved away this part of the pitch.

    Ameobi replacing HBA was a terrible sign of weakness.

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  • seantoon

    Dec 4, 2011 at 11:26 AM

    Comment #36

    We have Norwich, Swansea and West Brom in the next 3weeks. After that Mike Williamson should be fit.
    RB Simmo
    CB Perch/Kadar
    CB Colo
    LB Santon
    I think this defence can surely make it through these games. I think we just need to chill out and get behind the lads

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  • niafron

    Dec 4, 2011 at 11:27 AM

    Comment #37

    @Dannyo.

    Yes, but our magic is best suited to be used with women rather than football.

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  • Dannyo

    Dec 4, 2011 at 11:27 AM

    Comment #38

    @Ian M
    With you there mate, we’ll need the backing now, with Saylor potentially out for the season, we’ll need 2 CBs come January, and if it comes to it, i’ll leave the striker be until the summer tbh, if thats what it takes.
    We need HBA to step up in form now.

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  • niafron

    Dec 4, 2011 at 11:28 AM

    Comment #39

    What about Santon as CB?

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  • seantoon

    Dec 4, 2011 at 11:30 AM

    Comment #40

    I disagree niafron he swapped benarfa who was playing attacking midfield for shola who is a out and out striker. To me that’s an attacking move which he made. Yes it was the wrong decision in taking benny of because I would have took obertan or loverman off and put benny on either wing

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