Shola Ameobi – We Did Not Do Our Jobs – 100% Accurate


Shola Ameobi is the second player to be interviewed after the Liverpool disaster, and it’s interesting that he follows Steven Taylor’s comments of yesterday – and both are local lads and they know what it means to play for Newcastle United Football club.

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Shola Ameobi – low point of the season

Here’s what Shola had to say in the Newcastle Journal today – but his comments also raise a number of questions:

“That’s the low point in the season for us. “On top of our last home game, that was very disappointing.” “The manner of how we lost is the most disappointing thing.” “You start the game wanting to give everything you have, but to then go down two goals quickly to a good side like that you are struggling.”

“Coming out for the second half, giving a goal away and then once that third goal went in, it was game over.” “It’s a fact we didn’t tighten up as a group and conceded six.” “It’s always going to be a tough day at the office when you concede six.” “We needed composure on the pitch and we didn’t have that.”

“The players are worried. It’s never nice to lose like that.” “The next three games, we can use this to spark us and give us a kick up the backside, if you like.” “Nobody is too good to go down, as we found out last time.” “I’m sure the players understand that and that’s what the manager will be impressing on us this week.”

“In the coming week it is not about how talented a team you are, it’s about how much you want it on the day.” “Liverpool wanted it more on Saturday.” “We were all disappointed and there is a sense we did not do our jobs.” “If someone comes to your home patch and does that to you it is never a nice feeling.” “I have seen a lot of anger in that dressing room, which is understandable.”

If somebody had told me on Friday, that this interview was to be in the Journal on Monday morning – I would have had them committed. 🙁

There are a number of questions that come out of Shola’s comments – what happens if West Ham go two goals up on Saturday – will the same thing happen?

And Sunderland also wanted it more in the last home game – so it’s the same problem again – and our players have to get some desire and pride in their bellies – and quickly.

And to think we thought Sunderland was going to be the low point of the season – so what will it be like after our next home game against Arsenal on May 19th?

One of the problems we have is that we’re not sure some of our players really believe we can go down, and they may think we are too good, and remember that most of our French players will ever have fought against relegation either.

The fact that this has now happened twice – when we’ve been thrashed at home in two big games – tells us whatever problems we had in the Sunderland game simply have not been fixed.

And we’d be very surprised if we don’t see Mike Ashley on Tyneside sometime this week – he needs to read the riot act to both the coaches and the players.

To get where he is in business Mike will have had to be ruthless – and the news in the Evening Chronicle today is not surprising that’s he’s furious and livid at the last two home defeats.

At least he has that in common with Newcastle supporters – but we are also genuinely concerned that we could take the drop again.

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605 comments so far

  • catchy in norway

    Apr 29, 2013 at 3:12 PM

    Comment #1

    toonarmydownsouth

    while i firmly believe that williamson is not good enough to play prem football,
    im fast running out of pacience with staylor, used to be a fave of mine, but i think he is a liabilty right now, some one should glue his arms by his side and teach him about offside

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  • catchy in norway

    Apr 29, 2013 at 3:14 PM

    Comment #2

    shut up shola,, and please leave the club you have milked for far to long,

    its very rare you ever give a 100% , your lazy, football isnt about just scoring against sunderland and flick ons

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  • John Tudor

    Apr 29, 2013 at 3:14 PM

    Comment #3

    they are putting up a statue for pardew but he wouldn’t get in the mold and promptly locked himself in the lavvy

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  • Rainrix

    Apr 29, 2013 at 3:15 PM

    Comment #4

    The reason we lost so bad is obviously that we didnt introduce shola. Schoolboy error pardew get out now 🙂

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  • TheWellGeordie

    Apr 29, 2013 at 3:16 PM

    Comment #5

    I saw the camera focus in on Shola when we were 5-0 down. He looked absolutely devastated. Say what you like about his playing ability – Some love him, some want rid of him – But no one can deny that he bleeds Black&White.

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  • John Tudor

    Apr 29, 2013 at 3:18 PM

    Comment #6

    anbody see llambarse laughing after the game

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  • Charlie in the Gallowgate

    Apr 29, 2013 at 3:18 PM

    Comment #7

    catchy
    When he came back he was class – wears his heart on his sleeve – but I haven’t a clue whats happened recently – has the England call up gone to his heed.

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  • toonarmydownsouth

    Apr 29, 2013 at 3:18 PM

    Comment #8

    Catchy
    I agree kind of, I don’t think Willo is to the standard of the type of player we want or expect at the club, think he’d do a prem job for a bottom 6 team
    Unfortunately that’s exactly what we are atm, style and flair go out the window it’s all about blood guts and glory now and I think Willo would do a no nonsense job for us and most importantly he listens to his CB partner
    When colo tells him to sit deep he does, when colo tells him to step up he does
    The problem with Taylor is he thinks he’s captain and forgets that although mbiwa has had a shorter career experience wise his experiences are certainly more prestigious than Taylor who looks like he’ll always be the boy who COULD of been a great defender

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  • Transfer Sage

    Apr 29, 2013 at 3:18 PM

    Comment #9

    Catchy

    For all I like shola he is a player who talks about effort but rarely shows it.

    He isn’t a player who chases around for 90 mins at all…similar in style to andy carroll but at least carroll presses and runs after things.

    Shola annoyingly has a great touch and shot on him, just lacks any sort of consistency.

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  • Indian Magpie (HD_07 on Twitter)

    Apr 29, 2013 at 3:20 PM

    Comment #10

    Come on Catchy,

    I always agree with you, Shola has always given 100%.

    Just that his 100% is as good as your and mine 1%

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  • Transfer Sage

    Apr 29, 2013 at 3:21 PM

    Comment #11

    charlie

    saylor looked lost since colo has been out

    tads

    mbiwa is more error prone than saylor recently i think, not been remotely impressed with him. I appreciate it’s not easy and it takes time to settle but we cant give him time now, need to drop him and let him settle pre season.

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  • catchy in norway

    Apr 29, 2013 at 3:21 PM

    Comment #12

    ibiza

    if we dont have natural wingers, why play with them,

    would it not make more sense to play to your teams strengths?

    the only good crosser of the ball we have is fergy,

    why not like chelsea, play with 3 AMF with cisse up top ?

    we have players better suited to a 352 then what ever he is trying to play

    our width comes from debuchy or santon, and when they go up we have no cover

    i really have no clue how we play, i can see no logic in it at all

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  • Ibizatoon - Back By Popular Demand

    Apr 29, 2013 at 3:23 PM

    Comment #13

    Catchy…I’ll go along with that and have said it before as well…why play with wingers if we don’t have them?!?

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  • John Tudor

    Apr 29, 2013 at 3:23 PM

    Comment #14

    and now we have niether santon or debuchy

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  • toonarmydownsouth

    Apr 29, 2013 at 3:24 PM

    Comment #15

    Sage
    As I stated in the previous article mate, I just disagree I think Taylor has made some huge errors and isn’t in sync at all with his defensive line, all 3 of the French lads were on the same wavelength but Taylor didn’t step up and continually played people onside, he’s also left debuchy out to dry on several occasions this season
    Like I said for me him and tiote would be the first out the door in the summer, if that’s what those 2 pass off for passion were better rid

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  • jesperfuglsang - captain of the lemon crew

    Apr 29, 2013 at 3:25 PM

    Comment #16

    So are we cheering on 5undr1and to beat Villa tonight?

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  • toonarmydownsouth

    Apr 29, 2013 at 3:27 PM

    Comment #17

    Jesper
    I’m afraid so mate
    Dark dark times

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  • Charlie in the Gallowgate

    Apr 29, 2013 at 3:27 PM

    Comment #18

    Transfer
    would you play
    Coloccini and Taylor
    Coloccini and MBiwa
    Coloccini and Williamson
    Taylor and MBiwa
    Taylor and Williamson or
    MBiwa and Williamson

    Mine would be the two that played most of last season together
    Colccini and Willaimson

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  • Ibizatoon - Back By Popular Demand

    Apr 29, 2013 at 3:27 PM

    Comment #19

    I can see a good old 4-4-2 coming up against West Ham. Traditional, no nonsense approach.

    ————–Harper————
    Simmo–Taylor–Colo–???–
    HBA—Tiote–Cabs—Jonas
    ———Cisse—-Shola——

    Not saying that is what I want to see, but I can see it coming. Not sure on LB tbh. Whilst a seemingly good talent, Haidara looked petrified during that game, now might not be his time.

    Perch? Jonas (with Gouffran taking the left spot)?

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  • jesperfuglsang - captain of the lemon crew

    Apr 29, 2013 at 3:28 PM

    Comment #20

    tads…yeah it’s not everyday that sort of talk comes out of a Magpie lol

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  • John Tudor

    Apr 29, 2013 at 3:28 PM

    Comment #21

    i can only see sland getting two more points

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  • Ibizatoon - Back By Popular Demand

    Apr 29, 2013 at 3:29 PM

    Comment #22

    Jesper…Saddens me to say it, but I sure am.

    Anyone think they would intentionally throw the game for us to suffer? Paranoid much?

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  • clinath@ed

    Apr 29, 2013 at 3:29 PM

    Comment #23

    @13 subtle Ibiza, subtle.

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  • Transfer Sage

    Apr 29, 2013 at 3:29 PM

    Comment #24

    jesper

    I am. first and last time this season.

    tads

    I think it was mbiwa stepping up when he needed to just sit and hold the line.

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  • Charlie in the Gallowgate

    Apr 29, 2013 at 3:30 PM

    Comment #25

    looking forward to the total sport phone in tonight – should be hot
    hope John Anderson doesn’t hold back

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  • thepict

    Apr 29, 2013 at 3:31 PM

    Comment #26

    Newcastle fans cheering on the scum – never in a year of Sundays.

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  • santonthenewmaldini

    Apr 29, 2013 at 3:32 PM

    Comment #27

    I think he has lost the dressing room and the only ones he has onside are Shola and Taylor probably the only ones who care and they are trotting out the patter on interviews

    When was the last time Colo spoke to the press?Injured or not he is still the captain he should be speaking to the press

    Our problems are so easy to fix as apart from Santon injured and Debuchy out Pardew can pretty much pick a full strength team against West Ham as he could have done against Liverpool and Sunderland!!!!

    But our version of a full strength team is different to what he wants to put out Arfa or Marveux needs to start in the no10 role against West Ham not on the wing where they can be marked or not get the ball

    I would actually maybe drop Sissoko, Taylor and Mbiwa as they look totally lost and just have this team :

    Elliot
    Simpson
    Colo
    Willo
    Haidara
    Cabaye
    Perch
    Arfa
    Marveux
    Gouffran
    Cisse

    We rarely beat teams through wing play anyway so we might as well just try and bulldoze our way through the middle with Marveux and Arfa gliding through their defense

    Just keep everyone at the back 4 back with Perch and stay compact and just let our front 5 try to carve them open

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  • clinath@ed

    Apr 29, 2013 at 3:33 PM

    Comment #28

    i have thought for a few seasons now that STaylor has next to no positional sense whatsoever, especially when it comes to his playing partners. His first thought when under pressure is to protect the goal line, not attack/mark an opponent! Why he does this is another argument altogether.

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  • Ibizatoon - Back By Popular Demand

    Apr 29, 2013 at 3:33 PM

    Comment #29

    Clinath…Subtle? Moi?

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  • John Tudor

    Apr 29, 2013 at 3:33 PM

    Comment #30

    makems still in sh1te will only get 2 more points

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  • jesperfuglsang - captain of the lemon crew

    Apr 29, 2013 at 3:34 PM

    Comment #31

    Ibiza…if that happens promise me you’ll go Ibiza all over their sorry ass 🙂 lol

    TS…what has the world come to when a Magpie has to cheer on the Scum the safe their own ass! lol

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  • wolfshead@toon

    Apr 29, 2013 at 3:37 PM

    Comment #32

    @ ibiza
    i agree with your team cept id have cisse on the bench he could get steamrollered

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  • Ibizatoon - Back By Popular Demand

    Apr 29, 2013 at 3:41 PM

    Comment #33

    Jesper…Not sure I could handle supporting and then having to touch a mackem, at that point if life worth living?

    Wolfshead…It’s not the team I’d want out there tbh, but the one I can see getting picked. I still think Cisse should be on the field. We need a win somewhere and even if he’s frustrating for 90 minutes he can still provide that big of magic, especially with Shola doing his thing, whatever that may be, it could create a bit of space for him to pull something off. I actually though Cisse was one of the few that seemed to have any urgency about him against Liverpool. Just a shame he kept having to come back to the half way line to get the ball. At least he was trying and didn’t let his head drop.

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  • lesh

    Apr 29, 2013 at 3:41 PM

    Comment #34

    For heavens sake catchy, you’re starting on Shola now are you. Do you always have to somebody to whinge about?

    Despite what you may think, Shola’s always played his heart out for Newcastle United and he may not be as great as folk would like, but his heart is with the club.

    If we need anyone to fight in our next three games, its Shola and Saylor – they may drop the odd or not so odd clanger or two but they don’t try to hide.

    Lay off the attacks and try to be positive.

    Some folk on here remind me of the subject of a John Cooper Clarke poem, where he sums up the many negative comments about his best mate by saying: “They haven’t got a good word for ya, but I have, ‘Tw@!'”

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  • Ulster_Toon

    Apr 29, 2013 at 3:43 PM

    Comment #35

    Going to be strange on here tonight, NUFC blog all cheering on the mackems.
    But as for team against west ham. We need to go 4 4 2. Id go for HBA Cabaye (AM) Sissoko (DM) Goofy. Also i would put jonas back at lb. And like others i would start Colo and willo at cb

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  • Charlie in the Gallowgate

    Apr 29, 2013 at 3:46 PM

    Comment #36

    Ibiza
    Got in one – Cisse did his best along with Goufron both had to come back and collect the ball.
    Its our link up play – this year been a absolute shambles.
    Take the Mackems and Liverpool when they attacked they attacked quickly with three and four players.
    As for us there’s no urgency just sideways and backwards

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  • Williamsonsuks

    Apr 29, 2013 at 3:46 PM

    Comment #37

    Is there still a divide? The whole Pardew out thing?
    PARDEW OUT! PARDEW OUT! PARDEW OUT!
    COMPLETLY AND UTTERLY CLUELESS.!!!!!
    WHY START WITH A DEFENCIVE TEAM AT HOME WHEN 3 POINTS WHERE CLEARLY NEEDED! Yeah the bin dippers are a good team, but where was our commitment? starting Tiote and perch ( which i do respect perch) yet we had Goofy and benny on the bench! Cisse has lowered so much of recent, why not just try campbell and ameobi, I mean it couldn’t have been any worse. My conclusion is Pards has no spine to take a gamble apart from the casino TAXI FOR PARDEW.
    SURELY CARVER AND BEARDSLEY WOULD OFFER MORE , TACTICALLY, ATTACKING AND POSSIBLY SCORE FROM A FEW CORNERS.
    PARDEW PLEASE JUST DO A B1

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Apr 29, 2013 at 3:48 PM

    Comment #38

    If Pards struggled with the extra EL games how’s an extra eight at places like Hull and Peterboro going to affect his preparations,especially after Mikey in his wisdom works out that a team squad that once finished fifth in the PL can be halved in size and still get promoted,the only saving grace about the CC is that the manager won’t be penalised for aiming above tenth.

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  • Transfer Sage

    Apr 29, 2013 at 3:49 PM

    Comment #39

    charlie

    I’d play colo and taylor

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  • Charlie in the Gallowgate

    Apr 29, 2013 at 3:50 PM

    Comment #40

    Our hope for staying up could be
    a stunning plot
    Ashley rings Redknapp offers him the job next season if we stay up.
    Redknapp puts a duff team out against us.
    We win and stay up.
    Whoa that would stir the conspiracy theorists up

    Happy Days!!!

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