There’s not too many players who take more abuse from the Geordie fans than a certain Shola Ameobi.
Shola Ameobi puts the ball home – look at the anticipation by Demba Ba
But in our match preview of the game on Saturday evening we had this to say about Shola:
“And we may even see Shola Ameobi in the second half tomorrow, and it would be a good time for Shola to show us that he’s a much better player than he’s been for the side over the last several games.”
“It would also be a great time to score his second goal of the season, and we know he’s adept at scoring goals against Sunderland, from his past history.”
Of course the good news is that Shola did score in the first minute of stoppage time, after he had come in for a seemingly overwhelmed Papiss Cisse, who hardly showed in the game at all.
Ameobi scored his seventh goal in the Tyne Wear fixture yesterday and saved the blushes of Newcastle fans – that’s for sure – it’s just a pity we couldn’t have scored a second goal for the win in stoppage time – that would have been terrific.
Not surprisingly Alan Pardew, who really likes Shola in any case, had high praise for the Nigerian-born striker today in the local press:
“I’m proud of him and he can be proud of himself.” “It wasn’t an easy finish by the way.
“He had to make sure he got a good connection and there wasn’t much to aim at.”
Newcastle were back to somewhere near their best in a good second half display, and now we will have to show that form in the final 11 league games of the season.
Pardew was pleased with the second half, although we still couldn’t get the two goals it took to win the game against a 10 man Sunderland side:
“Best we’ve played for a long while. Forget about the sending-off, even before that, we had 15 or 20 minutes where we were brilliant, and I knew something was going to give.”
“Demba’s contribution second half was more like it, that’s the best he’s been since coming back from Africa.” “His link-up play and some of the things he was doing in the box were excellent.”
The last time we were beaten by Sunderland at St. James’ Park was back in 2000, and Alan Shearer also missed a late penalty – so Demba Ba’s in good company.
That was back on Saturday, 18th November 2000, when Alan Shearer missed a penalty after 82 minutes when then goalkeeper Thomas Sorensen made a fantastic save to get the 2-1 win for Sunderland, who were then managed by Peter Reid.
Demba Ba needs to forget about the miss and just get on with it – and he should still be our penalty taker in the remaining games.
We want to see a lot more goals from Demba Ba and Papiss Cisse – hey – and Shola Ameobi too.
Let’s give the local boy some credit today – he put the ball away well, when it was so easy to miss.
And if you don’t think it was important, then think how you would feel today if Sunderland had won the game 1-0.