Newcastle United striker Sammy Ameobi came on at the beginning of the second half yesterday, and the local lad has apologized to Newcastle fans who traveled all the way to Southampton, to witness the 2-0 defeat, and it cannot have been a pleasant journey back home for those fans.
Alan Pardew – has to turn things around – and quickly
Immediately after the game a disappointed Sammy Ameobi, whose brother Shola is out for a couple of weeks with a groin strain this time, had this to say on the Newcastle web-site:
“We can’t apologise enough,” “It was an unacceptable display and if I had traveled all the way down to watch that I would be devastated.” “Everyone is so disappointed. We weren’t good enough and that is hard to take.”
When people apologize, we often think of big John Wayne’s words in that old movie She Wore A Yellow Ribbon – when he said “Don’t apologize – it’s a sign of weakness.”
And we’d much rather our lads play their hearts out on the field, and then they wouldn’t have to apologize after a game, even when we are beaten.
We’ll look for that kind of spirit on Wednesday night at Stoke, and it’s certainly not the time to panic about Newcastle’s position in the league table – not yet anyway.
We need to start playing close to our best form, and although we had Fab Coloccini, Ben Arfa, Yohan Cabaye, Ryan Taylor, Dan Gosling, Shola Ameobi, Gabriel Obertan, Haris Vuckic, Xisco and Adam Campbell all out yesterday, only the first three would make the first team when everybody is fit.
And Xisco and Adam Campbell are not current first team players at the moment so they can be discounted, and with Coloccini now back for Wednesday night, we only have seven first team players out injured, and not the eleven Alan Pardew kept talking about last week.
We need to stop the rot and cut out the excuses – and get something out of the game at Stoke on Wednesday night, and then we need to hammer Wigan at home next Monday night.
If we don’t get anything out of those two upcoming games, then it may be the right time to start worrying about this Newcastle side.
It’s never been easy to support Newcastle United in the 64 years I’ve been following the side, through thick and thin (mostly thin), and that’s proving to be the case this season too.
Howay The Lads!!
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