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New Father Likely To Play Tonight For Magpies

9:38 am, Thursday, April 4th, 2013 by Ed Harrison · 18 Comments

Ameobi’s wife went into labor last week, and Sola was withdrawn from the squad to travel to Manchester City, but now Shola is a new father and was there to see his child Noah born.

shola ameobi at metalist

Shola Ameobi – likely to play tonight

So first of all congratulations to Shola and his wife.

It’s not surprising that the Nigerian born striker is ready to go tonight at the Estádio da Luz, and by our reckoning he will play his 50th time in Europe, and he has 15 goals compared to the great Alan Shearer’s 48 European appearances with 30 goals,  so Alan has about twice the number of goals as Shola has in Europe.

This is what Alan Shearer told the press about Ameobi:

“It was another blow not to have him on Friday when his wife went into labor.” “He didn’t miss out through injury at Man City. He’s fit and well. I’m sure he’ll play a part.”

“I brought him away early so he could get another night’s sleep!” “You look at our team, and we’re not very experienced in Europe outside of Steven Taylor and Shola. I’m talking about for Newcastle.”

Shola just about divides Newcastle fans as far as how good he is, and he doesn’t always help himself by being so inconsistent – and one week he can be close to world-class and the next week the ball keeps bouncing off him and he cannot seem to do anything  right.

But we’ve never under-estimated his ability to get vital goals when you least expect it – and he’s done that a few times against the old enemy Sunderland,  and of course he was one of the heroes against Metalist Kharkiv in earning and converting the second half penalty that got us through to the round of the last 16.

So we expect the big man to get a run out tonight – and maybe he can get us that all important away goal?

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Tags: Alan Shearer · Europa League · European Competition · Newcastle News · Shola Ameobi





18 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Charlie in the Gallowgate // Apr 4, 2013 at 9:47 AM

    Previous Thread
    Transfer Sage
    Passing the ball to the full backs also brings the opposition out leaving gaps in behind to pass to – and if they do not come out and close our full backs down they can carry the ball into the opposition half.

    ALSO – watch our goal kicks it makes me laugh gets on my wick.

    All out field players – 20 of them will all be standing in one quarter of the pitch waiting for the kick – drives me NUTS

  • 2 Transfer Sage // Apr 4, 2013 at 9:49 AM

    congrats to shola

    lilongwe

    Yeh it probably is too late, but at least it gives them a chance to find another club and impress. Maybe loan them out another season and see what happens…they might really kick on, they might no but it does now harm loaning them. Same with vukic, he needs a full season on loan somewhere to prove his fitness and kick on.

    Campbell should be sent to the championship for next season, it will be good for him to play 30+ games and see if he can step up with better quality working with and against him.

  • 3 Hatem's better than Messi // Apr 4, 2013 at 9:50 AM

    Congrats Shola.

    An away goal or two to celebrate Noah’s birth?

    HWTL

  • 4 stuart no9 // Apr 4, 2013 at 9:51 AM

    there are 2 reasons why we will not win tonight.
    the first is pards will not play that sort of game. there is no doubt he will go for a draw, when teams set out to defend they normally get beat ( man city comes to mind) pards hasnt the courage to go for the win. second, if we did attack who is going to score the goals?. If we are lucky we will get 2maybe 3 chances we will have to score with them . benfica will score 3. Pards knows after saturday result that we will not go any further. i think its time to concentrate on the the league, that is much much more important.

  • 5 NUFCarter // Apr 4, 2013 at 9:53 AM

    Remember the name Noah Ameobi. He will be the fourth ameobi to play for NUFC in years to come.

  • 6 Transfer Sage // Apr 4, 2013 at 9:53 AM

    charlie

    I get they group together to give a chance to win it…but none of them are great in the air, we are so much more suited to ground play.

    And yeh it works well, but as a team we seem to sit quite deep a lot so we wouldn’t run in behind anyway even if we did draw them out. Although when we are chasing a game we do play like that and we look so much better.

    Think how good we looked when we went behind to chelsea and southampton and when we were pushing on against stoke. We really need to be like that from the off and not seem shackled.

    Fans accept, maybe not enjoy, cautious football when you win a lot…but when it doesn’t go as well it makes it even worse to watch.

  • 7 toonarmydownsouth // Apr 4, 2013 at 9:53 AM

    Congrats wor shola what better way to celebrate than an away goal tonight!!!
    Absolutely buzzing for tonight’s game!!!

  • 8 Transfer Sage // Apr 4, 2013 at 9:54 AM

    staurt

    we managed to grind out draws and narrow wins without conceding against metalist and anzhi…not as good as benfica like but we can defend and shut people out.

  • 9 ToonDarnSarf // Apr 4, 2013 at 9:55 AM

    Alan Shearer said that about Ameobi did he? I didn’t know about his new role in deciding when Newcastle players travel for European games!

    :-)

  • 10 Charlie in the Gallowgate // Apr 4, 2013 at 9:57 AM

    Transfer sage
    do you think that Pardew and the Staff prefer/want Newcastle to play with a cautious approach.

    I do

    And I agree we look better when chasing a game but sometimes it is to late.

    I think we have the players to play a more expansive quicker tempo game.

  • 11 Transfer Sage // Apr 4, 2013 at 9:59 AM

    charlie

    going off this and last year i do think we look to be cautious as a main plan.

    Not keen on it as i think it isn’t the most effective game plan for the players we have now, we could be a possession team who attack and press high up the field.

    We now have pace at the back so can play higher but Pardew knows more about the team than me.

  • 12 only magpie of nepal // Apr 4, 2013 at 10:00 AM

    just saw comment policy;
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    The purpose of the comments is simply to allow Newcastle supporters around the world to express their views on the news of the day regarding Newcastle United.

    Please respect the views of others, even when those views are completely opposite to what you think and believe.

    And please keep the language respectable, as we are proud to have young supporters reading this blog, and finally there’s no place for religion or politics in these discussions.

    Many Thanks.

    Ed Harrison.

  • 13 Lilongwe Geordie // Apr 4, 2013 at 10:03 AM

    Sage,

    They might, maybe another year loaned out would help, at worst it might lead to more cash if they are to be sold.

    I agree on Vukic, his progress has stalled through injury, he needs a loan to prove fitness and ability.

  • 14 stuart no9 // Apr 4, 2013 at 10:28 AM

    transfer – your right we can defend close players down and nullify their attacks, i think we have discussed this before , however my concern is not the players , we have enough quality in the team, except maybe up front where we are hideously short, but with pardew . i think every newcastle fan knows how this game is going to pan out. – unless pardew unlocks the chains and let yhe players express themselves , there is only going to be one outcome,
    i just feel this time tomorrow morning we will all be saying pards should have done this, pards should have done that , – just let them go tonight, if we win we win , if we get beat to an extent there is no way back in the home tie, so what? bring on fulham and the macks and concentrate on staying up. i know what i would rather have.

  • 15 BennygivesmeTinglyBalls // Apr 4, 2013 at 10:29 AM

    I wouldn’t be suprised if Alan might switch it up and go for the 5-3-2 formation we used against wigan. I thought that suited us quite nicely as well. Gives us something different. If he did it might look like this
    —————————-Krul——————————-
    ——Steven Taylor – Perch – Mwbia——————
    Santon——————————————–Gutierrez
    ———Cabaye——-Sissoko——-Marveaux/Anita
    ———————Ameobi——Cisse——————–
    I’d be quite happy with that

  • 16 LeToonARMY // Apr 4, 2013 at 12:00 PM

    Krul
    Santon Taylor Yanga
    Marveux Cabaye Anita Gutti
    Sissoko
    Ameobi Cisse

  • 17 lesh // Apr 4, 2013 at 12:43 PM

    If Shola’s gonna celebrate Noah’s birth with goals, what better way than put em in like the animals went into the ark, two-by-two!

  • 18 ross armstrong // Apr 4, 2013 at 12:56 PM

    =========krul
    simp mbiwa saylor santon
    marv cabaye perch jonas
    =====cisse shola




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