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.
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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