Newcastle manager Alan Pardew praised the performance of the Ameobi brothers – Sammy and Shola – as they linked up well in tonight’s game at Club Brugge and Sammy set up Shola’s goal for Newcastle just before half time, and there were other times when the two brothers linked up well.
Shola Ameobi - after scoring Newcastle’s equalizer
Newcastle hadn’t conceded a goal in the group stages after three games in the Europa League, but it didn’t look that way as early on in this game the Newcastle defense was all at sea, and it was no surprise when Brugge went ahead after 14 minutes and then went 2-0 up on 19 minutes, and both goals were poor goals to concede by the Newcastle defense.
But then a quite magnificent goal from Vurnon Anita brought Newcastle back into it, and Vurnon hit a headed clearance from 25 yards out on the volley with his right foot, and the shot gave the goalkeeper no chance at all and then after 43 minutes Shola scored a good goal after being put through by his brother Sammy.
The Ameobi brothers looked good tonight playing together up front and Alan Pardew seemed impressed, as he had this to say to Sky Sports after the game:
“I thought they were both good tonight. We had Ameobi to Ameobi – which is almost like a song – for the second goal, which was nice.” “I thought they were both good tonight. We had Ameobi to Ameobi – which is almost like a song – for the second goal, which was nice.”
“It was a great little turn from Sammy. He has just got this way of getting out of corners that I have not seen many players being able to get out of. He wriggles out of situations.” “He still needs to tighten up a little bit on the tactical and intelligence sides of the game.”
“He takes people on where perhaps he should pass.” “But he will learn that. He showed his talent tonight – and he marks at set-plays, which he needs to do. He’s 6’5″. “He’s not very good at it, but he’s learning.”
Certainly Sammy has a lot to learn, but that comes with experience, and Alan Pardew seems to know exactly where Sammy’s game needs to be strengthened, and we expect Shola to offer his younger brother a lot of advice as Sammy matures his game this season.
Bordeaux beat Maritimo 1-0 in France tonight, so Newcastle are one point clear of the French team on 8 points from four games in Group D, and next up for Newcastle are Maritimo at home in three weeks time, and then two weeks later we are at Bordeaux, and that game could well decide who tops the group.
And Alan Pardew is expecting to beat Maritimo in two weeks time, even though they put up a decent performance tonight against Bordeaux:
“We are going to have to kick ourselves if we don’t beat Maritimo at home, with all due respect to them.” “We have got ourselves in a great position and are looking to just wrap the league up perhaps with that win there, which is our next game.”
Newcastle will need to defend a lot better than we did in those first 20 minutes tonight, because a better team could have really punished us.
And Liverpool were beaten tonight 1-0 by Anzhi Makhachkala in Moscow, and may now struggle to get through the group stages, and Tottenham had a good 3-1 home win over Maribor, with a hat-trick from Jermain Defoe.
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