Ameobi – The Sky’s The Limit For Newcastle


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!!



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178 comments so far

  • CODARM (The poster formely known as Ibizatoon)

    Apr 11, 2012 at 11:34 AM

    Comment #1

    “Ameobi in the skkkkyyy with Demba’s” – Lucy in the sky with diamonds? Working atm – so no real thought or reflection has gone in to that – Sad disclaimer I know 🙂

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  • Munster Mag

    Apr 11, 2012 at 11:37 AM

    Comment #2

    I think Tiote’s fitness is vital to us from here to the end. His energy is key.

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  • Toon_Tom

    Apr 11, 2012 at 11:41 AM

    Comment #3

    Cabaye has also upped his game over the past few weeks too. His passing and vision is immense!

    Nobody would have thought we would have won the last 5, so why cant we win the next 5 and finish 3rd and then we can all laugh at the cockneys 😉

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  • MAGIC10

    Apr 11, 2012 at 11:45 AM

    Comment #4

    HBA vs bolton alls highlights HD
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FE2zlsr-HKo

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  • Klatoon

    Apr 11, 2012 at 11:46 AM

    Comment #5

    Actually look forward to Shola’s cameo’s these days, especially when we are leading. Wins every ball and relieves pressure with his deceptively laid back style. And the way he switches postions from CF, RW, LW, CM 🙂

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  • Toon_Tom

    Apr 11, 2012 at 11:48 AM

    Comment #6

    Klatoon – I agree mate, he is like a better version of Berbatov!!!! 😉

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  • Rodney Cisse

    Apr 11, 2012 at 11:49 AM

    Comment #7

    Shola comes on and does a great job every time drawing fouls and setting up chances, something he doesn’t do when he starts.

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  • catchy in norway

    Apr 11, 2012 at 11:55 AM

    Comment #8

    catchy in norway // Apr 11, 2012 at 11:38 AM

    tsunki

    come on man, you could double the tallent obertan has and he still wonldnt be good enough, what he has, infact all he has is pace,

    from day 1 you say the fact that fans could acctually see he wasnt good enough its there fault we didnt get a few more points, when those same fans were asking for HBA to play and pardew wouldnt for so many reasons,

    obertan will never make it at any team in the prem, and i think he would even struggle in the championship,

    sometimes the fans are right,

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  • Klatoon

    Apr 11, 2012 at 11:57 AM

    Comment #9

    The same way the ‘fans’ were right about Perch not so long ago ?

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  • martoon

    Apr 11, 2012 at 11:58 AM

    Comment #10

    Don’t let Indian & Brutoon catch you praising Shola – there will be nowt the matter…………
    Ibiza @1 – don’t give up the day job 🙂

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  • CODARM (The poster formely known as Ibizatoon)

    Apr 11, 2012 at 11:59 AM

    Comment #11

    Catchy…That’s quite a statement there mate. Having an opinion on whether he will come good is one thing, to say he never will is a bit far fetched. Especially given the job Pardew is doing with under-performing players at the club

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  • CODARM (The poster formely known as Ibizatoon)

    Apr 11, 2012 at 12:00 PM

    Comment #12

    Martoon…I have no plans to 🙂

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  • Tsunki

    Apr 11, 2012 at 12:16 PM

    Comment #13

    martoon – he he you’re dead right I am getting my scores mixed up – bad night last night and me old brain is addled!

    The mackems in question were gloating about their performance, how they were going to do us in etc, I will have to review but I think we had an early scare or two. I do actually remember how angry I was we’d conceded crappily at the end actually but by that time they were gone so no damage really. Thinking about it, I think I’ve done this before – it was on a camping holiday in scotland where I watched the Germany v England game and it was germans ( and some rabid scots) gloating over their lead – see what the mind does? Must stay away from that stuff!

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  • CODARM (The poster formely known as Ibizatoon)

    Apr 11, 2012 at 12:19 PM

    Comment #14

    Tsunki…Just read your post on the last thread regarding negative opinions back in December and you make some very good points – as per usual, except maybe when recalling scores / events from games whilst on holiday!

    There were certain unknowns back then and there were some poor performances. We made a great start to the season and for me, that was enough to jump on the bandwagon, however, it is perfectly reasonable for others to need more time and to see some further improvement.

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  • catchy in norway

    Apr 11, 2012 at 12:25 PM

    Comment #15

    codarm

    i dont think it is,

    i have seen nothing from him to suggest he will be any good, he is now 23 and carnt even cross a ball, his control is very poor, he runs fast, but carnt run fast with the ball,

    infact i bet, he is the fastest in our team without the ball, but with it he wouldnt get in the top 5 fastest
    he is pooooor

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  • pbNcl

    Apr 11, 2012 at 12:28 PM

    Comment #16

    I’ve always rated our shola, I’m pleased the hate squad have gone quiet.
    As for obertan, the lad’s just lacking confidence… We should have all learned our lesson from perch! He’ll come good I’m sure of it. If anybody can get the best out of him it’s our pardew!! Come on the toon!!!!

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  • CODARM (The poster formely known as Ibizatoon)

    Apr 11, 2012 at 12:29 PM

    Comment #17

    Catchy….You are entitled to your view and to be completely honest, he hasn’t shown anyone too much to make them think differently. Perhaps my belief will be proven incorrect down the line, but I do have faith in Pardew to bring the best out of him – how good that will be? Time will tell

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  • CODARM (The poster formely known as Ibizatoon)

    Apr 11, 2012 at 12:32 PM

    Comment #18

    Catchy…Can I amend something there?

    He has shown some glimpses of talent. His run and goal against (Ermm…was it Blackburn) was pretty good. I agree with pbNcl that he is lacking confidence and will need good man management to turn it round. He may not be excellent, but imo, nor is he poooooor

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  • RobertNufc25

    Apr 11, 2012 at 12:32 PM

    Comment #19

    Catchy still slagging off Obertan lol

    Get over it mate.

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  • CODARM (The poster formely known as Ibizatoon)

    Apr 11, 2012 at 12:35 PM

    Comment #20

    Robert….Well we’re a bit short on things to bitch about lately 🙂

    Is anyone else unhappy with the width of the black stripes on our strip this season?

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  • Indian Magpie

    Apr 11, 2012 at 12:37 PM

    Comment #21

    i am unhappy abt gosling not getting game time.

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  • RobertNufc25

    Apr 11, 2012 at 12:37 PM

    Comment #22

    Bet ya Catchy has got picture off Obertan on his wall & he throws darts at it all day.

    And a cardboard cut out that he punches on a regular basis… 😉

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  • catchy in norway

    Apr 11, 2012 at 12:37 PM

    Comment #23

    and you are entitled to yours, 🙂

    infact my only bug bear with pardew is that he persists with players that arnt good enough, when he could use players that have confidence and skill,

    dont get me wrong perch hasnt been bad of late, but from what iv seen of abied, he is better now, and will improve faster if given a chance in the first team,

    he wont take cabayes tiotes or even guthrie place, but his natural position is DFM , perch isnt,,

    on another note, is there any news on marvauxe, there is nothing that i can see saying he is still injured, and in march it was said in april he will be back, he will be a good addition for the last few games

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  • Tsunki

    Apr 11, 2012 at 12:38 PM

    Comment #24

    emba on twitter :-

    Dies any one have ever heard about cryo therapie?

    no no no lad please tell me they’re not going down that route!

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  • catchy in norway

    Apr 11, 2012 at 12:39 PM

    Comment #25

    robert 🙂

    its not slagging, its stating the truth, but please prove me wrong, show me something that will make me eat my words

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  • RobertNufc25

    Apr 11, 2012 at 12:43 PM

    Comment #26

    Im not having that debate again.lol

    If he was as poor as you say,he would be picking strawberrys in a field somewhere,not playing football. 😉

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  • IrishToon009

    Apr 11, 2012 at 12:43 PM

    Comment #27

    looking at magic10s video, HBA must be so annoying to play against, I love when there is two on him…how will he get out of this one….dunno but he does

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  • GHOSD (The poster formerly known as Ruddy Marveaux-lous)

    Apr 11, 2012 at 12:44 PM

    Comment #28

    Indian

    You’re always unhappy about something

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  • IrishToon009

    Apr 11, 2012 at 12:47 PM

    Comment #29

    Actually forgot that, see when HBA passed it to Cisse, I think that’s the first chance that he didn’t actually score, only has a 99% chance to goal ratio now! 🙂

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  • CODARM (The poster formely known as Ibizatoon)

    Apr 11, 2012 at 12:47 PM

    Comment #30

    Catchy…I get what you’re saying about Abeid…however, as you state, Perch has been very good lately. Pardew obviously see’s things we don’t on a daily basis and I’m positive he’s making his decisions based on that.

    If we weren’t pushing for such a high league position and were instead comfortably mid-table, I’d imagine more youngsters would be given more chances as we’d have not a lot to play for. Us doing so well this year, has made it harder for some of the youngsters to get a good run.

    On Marveaux…I heard he was due back around now. Not sure just in training or actually being available. Would love him to get some time before the season ends.

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  • RobertNufc25

    Apr 11, 2012 at 12:48 PM

    Comment #31

    Wtf is cryo therapy lol??

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  • CODARM (The poster formely known as Ibizatoon)

    Apr 11, 2012 at 12:48 PM

    Comment #32

    Ruddy…was starting to think you’d disappeared! How’s tricks?

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  • RobertNufc25

    Apr 11, 2012 at 12:50 PM

    Comment #33

    I was told Marveaux was the Darren Anderton of the french league lol full sicknote apparently.

    Shame like because he looks a very good player…

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  • CODARM (The poster formely known as Ibizatoon)

    Apr 11, 2012 at 12:53 PM

    Comment #34

    Ahh good old sick note 🙂 – Let’s hope it’s not the case

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  • Tsunki

    Apr 11, 2012 at 12:53 PM

    Comment #35

    Who was it doing that freezing the players b*llcks off thinking it would make them fitter or something? Big Sam? If Demba is asking – why? They’re not surely? Our African lads will be slapping in transfer requests like pizza shop menus.

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  • GHOSD (The poster formerly known as Ruddy Marveaux-lous)

    Apr 11, 2012 at 12:55 PM

    Comment #36

    Not too bad Ibiza! Was celebrating our fantastic win on Monday night and laid low recovering all of yesterday! ha ha

    Was reading your comments in a previous thread about the blue skies, blue oceans, bikini-clad women…you’re lucky we’re doing as well as we are or you’d have a lynch mob looking for ya! 😛

    On the game on Monday, was starting to think that game was going to fizzle out into a 0-0 bore but for that little bit of magic from our “mercurial” Magicain 😀

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  • RobertNufc25

    Apr 11, 2012 at 12:55 PM

    Comment #37

    Tsunki // Apr 11, 2012 at 12:53 PM

    Was that when they were making them jump into Ice cold baths after training??

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  • GHOSD (The poster formerly known as Ruddy Marveaux-lous)

    Apr 11, 2012 at 12:55 PM

    Comment #38

    Magician that should be…still recovering I think! ha ha

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  • Tsunki

    Apr 11, 2012 at 12:57 PM

    Comment #39

    Just a note for all – don’t trust my recall on personal historical events at all. The other day I mixed up the events of my youngest lads first match. I’m strangely very good with wedding anniversaries though – am I ill? Do I need a check up from t’ neck up?

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  • CODARM (The poster formely known as Ibizatoon)

    Apr 11, 2012 at 12:58 PM

    Comment #40

    Tsunki…If players aren’t happy to have their balls frozen for the good of the toon then we’re better off – Am I taking this “get behind the team” thing a bit too far?

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