Shola Ameobi was the hero for Newcastle on Sunday.
Coloccini ecstatic after Shola equalizes in stoppage time
And it was fitting that a lad scored the stoppage time equalizer who had been raised on Tyneside, since coming over from Nigeria when he was just 5 years old in 1987.
Ameobi wasn’t feeling well all last week, and missed some of the preparation for the game, but that didn’t stop him coming on, playing well, getting the penalty, which Ba missed, and then scoring the equaliser in the first minute of stoppage time.
You cannot ask much more of Shola than that, but he’s always been great in the local derby game with Sunderland, and that was his 7th goal against the Black Cats in his career which now spans 318 game for Newcastle with 72 goals.
And if Newcastle are going to pick up a lot of points in our last 11 league games of the season, we will need Shola to chip in with his share of the goals:
“I know more than most the effects of the derby – I’m a fan and it’s a game you don’t want to miss or lose.” “You have to get a good result by any means necessary.”
“We have to keep the momentum going now. We kept running at Sunderland and they were scared of that. We have to keep doing it.” “It wasn’t hard for me – I didn’t need any motivation.”
“It was a tough week, I did a bit of light jogging last week.” “It didn’t really go well. I didn’t go to the pre-match routine with the team because I still didn’t feel great.”
“But I was never going to miss the derby.” “Thankfully, I was able to come up with the goal against Sunderland.”
Next up for Newcastle is Arsenal at the Emirates next Monday night and the London side played great last night at home to Milan, and were 3-0 up at the half.
But they couldn’t get that 4th goal which would have sent the game into extra time, after they lost that first game tragically 4-0 in Milan, so they were eliminated from the European Champions League last night.
And the good performance didn’t stop manager Arsene Wenger complaining to the officials after the game about something – Arsene is probably the worst loser we’ve ever seen in football. 😀
Arsenal are playing well going forward, but their Achilles heel is still their defense, which is hopeless, and in the game at Liverpool they could have been a number of goals down if the Liverpool players had taken the many chances they missed.
But Arsenal emerged as 2-1 winners of the game, but we have to hope that any half chances that Demba Ba and Papiss Cisse get next Monday, will be converted into goals.
We’d be happy with a point at the Emirates next Monday night, but we have to remember we won the corresponding fixture 1-0 last season, with that headed goal from Andy Carroll just before half time.
Anything is possible when Newcastle play at their top form.