Shola Ameobi looks in good form, and we’ve been hearing from the Newcastle manager Alan Pardew that the 30 year-old has been impressive in training.
Shola Ameobi – after scoring equalizer against Sunderland
And certainly Shola used all his vast experience on Monday when he came on for Demba Ba after 64 minutes and played very intelligently.
The way he set up Newcastle’s second goal was great to see, and Shola is a good man to have on the field near the end of a game Newcastle are winning.
That’s because he has the experience, and doesn’t give the ball away too much, and knows exactly what to do.
And when Newcastle are losing, as we were against Sunderland at home, he’s pretty good at that too, as he got the equalizer in injury time.
Shola played in Europe when Newcastle were in the Champions League when the great Sir Bobby Robson managed the club, so he knows what it’s all about.
And Alan Pardew keeps saying that Shola is a strong and experienced force in the Newcastle dressing room.
Shola has been interviewed today and this is what he told the local Newcastle press corps:
“There are a lot of very good teams above us who probably think they deserve the Champions League spot more than we do.” “It’s who can get out from these next five games on top.”
“It’s about who can manage their expectations, and go out and execute what they have to do.” “Like I said, we’ve got no pressure on ourselves. We want to play in Europe. That’s what we want – European football.”
“People talk about the Champions League, but let’s focus on the next game, and making sure we stay in a European spot.” “That’s as far as we want to look.”
“If we get more than that, great, but what want to do is secure European football.” “We looked at the last 10 games, and set ourselves targets.” “To win five games in a row is pretty fantastic.”
“We’re in this position – and we’ve been in it for a while now – and we want to stay there.” “We want to keep that gap between ourselves and the rest.” “We knew that we had a little stretch where we could do very well, especially at home.”
“We’re excited.” “The last five games are a different proposition. The sky’s the limit for us – there’s no pressure at all.” “I think you can see that when we go out on the pitch.”
Newcastle must hold some advantages over Chelsea and Tottenham in the run-in since Newcastle are the team in form having won their last five games.
Chelsea have the FA Cup semi-final coming up and the semifinals against Barcelona in the Champions league and their fixture list is becoming very packed.
And Tottenham can’t see to do too much right and they will need to turn things around quickly if they are to get more points than Newcastle in the run-in.
The other thing that’s on Newcastle’s side, is that the players and Alan Pardew are hardly getting carried away with things, and they will take each of the last five games as they come, and do their very best to win every single one of them.
And if we can do that, we’ll definitely be in the Champions League next season – 100% certain.
Why don’t we just do that – just to make sure.
Howay The Lads!!