Shola Ameobi has been interviews on the Newcastle web-site and he offers no excuses for the defeat at Norwich on Saturday.
Shola Ameobi – no excuses
It seems that Shola is back in form and looked good alongside Demba Ba on Saturday, and of course the Senegal striker is red hot at the moment, and scored two wonderful opportunist goals to keep Newcastle in the game.
But after stand-in central midfielder Dan Gosling made a mistake that led to Norwich’s third goal, he made a terrible two footed challenge and was rightly sent off, and will now miss the next three games as Newcastle will not appeal the red card.
Dan did himself no favors on Saturday, and while we expect Cheick Tiote to be fit for Saturday’s game at home to Swansea, Alan Pardew may give the impressive 19 year-old Mehdi Abeid a chance on Saturday.
We keep hearing the former Lens player is very impressive in training.
Shola Ameobi was asked if the injuries Newcastle had on Saturday was an excuse for losing the game:
“No.” We’ve got a squad here at Newcastle that would expect to come here and get the result.” “Unfortunately we came up against a team who want to put the ball in the box and we didn’t defend as well as we should have today.”
“From open play, I thought we did well, certainly in the second half when I felt we started passing it a lot better.” “But you can’t concede set-piece goals like that and expect to win games away from home.”
“We’ve scored two brilliant goals there – Demba’s again produced – but if you need to score four goals away from home for a result, it’s never going to happen.” “We’re bitterly disappointed and we’ve got no excuse.”
“We keep on striving to do the best we can, and we did that,” “Like I said, in the second half I felt we played well, especially when we went down to ten men.”
“It showed that we still had the desire to go on and try to get something out of the game.” “It was 3-1 and Demba scored a good goal – but unfortunately we’ve been undone again by a set-piece.”
Shola is one of the few Newcastle players still at the club when Norwich were last in the Premier League in the 2004-2005 season.
And indeed two late goals in the game on August 25th, 2004, and a 2-2 draw against Norwich at St. James’ Park, ultimately helped Freddy Shepherd to decide to sack Bobby Robson five days later, following the 4-2 loss at Aston Villa on Saturday, August 28th.
There were still some good things coming out of the game at Norwich on Saturday, including Newcastle continuing to move forward and press Norwich in the second half even when they were 3-1 and then 4-2 down and had only 10 men.
Indeed the last 10 minutes of the game was all about 10 man Newcastle moving the ball forward towards the Norwich goal with Sammy Ameobi looking spritely down the right wing.
But the result was a bit of a disaster on Saturday, if we are honest, and we now badly need a win against Swansea on Saturday afternoon.
That will help raise the spirits of the Newcastle fans, that’s for sure.