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Late Shola Ameobi Equalizer Gets 1-1 Draw With Rangers

9:50 pm, Tuesday, August 6th, 2013 by Dr. Ed Harrison · 39 Comments

Newcastle equalized with almost the last kick of the game tonight at Ibrox, and it was that man Shola Ameobi again who scored yet another opportunist goal after being set up by his younger brother Sammy in added time.

And Newcastle surprisingly went behind after conceding a penalty after only 6 minutes tonight, and although the Magpies then dominated the first half, Newcastle just couldn’t get a goal.

Soccer - Pre Season Friendly - Rangers v Newcastle United - Ibrox Stadium

Lee McCulloch scores penalty after only 6 minutes

But it was the late heroics – again – from Shola Ameobi that saved the day (or should that be the night?) for Newcastle after Rangers had put up some stubborn resistance and had looked a very decent side.

Newcastle got off to a very bad start at Ibrox tonight and were a goal down after just 6 minutes and it was Hatem Ben Arfa who made a half-hearted challenge for the ball.

The ball was then played to Nicky Clark in the box, and he went down when challenged by the Newcastle captain Fabricio Coloccini, and referee Steven McLean gave the penalty, and it was the Rangers captain Lee McCulloch who put the ball past Tim Krul who dived the right way but couldn’t get to the ball.

That’s a fault in Ben Arfa’s play, that he is sometimes very sloppy around his own penalty box, and Alan Pardew will not be happy at the way the Rangers’ goal was conceded.

Newcastle then dominated the rest of the half and had some chances but couldn’t score although Jonas Gutierrez was outstanding for Newcastle and the star man in the first half.

Alan Pardew made two changes at the start of the second half with Rob Elliot coming on for Tim Krul and Frenchman Yoan Gouffran on for ben Arfa, who had made that bad mistake that led to Ranger’s goal after 6 minutes.

But Newcastle didn’t look the same team in the seocnd half, as Alan Pardew made sure all the substitutes were introduced into the game, and Newcastle’s play was affected by so many changes, which often happens in pre-season games.

But then it was the Ameobi brothers who really saved the day for the Magpies after almost two minutes of added time, and Sammy set up Shola, and the 31 year-old again finished immaculately – we need to hang onto Shola for this coming season.

But Newcastle started a very strong side tonight, and we would have expected to do a little better against the Scottish Second Division side, but Rangers are hardly a normal Scottish Second Division side.

In the end it was a decent result, and a very good first half performance from Newcastle, and if you cannot win you don’t want to lose, and Newcastle managed at the very end to get the draw.

Next up for Newcastle is SC Braga at St. James’ Park next Saturday night – kick-off 6:00 pm in the final pre-season game.

We’ll have a full match report out as little later.


Rangers (4-4-2): Cammy Bell; Richard Foster, Lee McCulloch (Sebastien Faure 46), Belil Mohsni, Lee Wallace (Chris Hegarty 69); Arnold Peralta (Fraser Aird 78), Ian Black (Andy Murdoch 55), Lewis Macleod (Robbie Crawford 46), Nicky Law (Kyle McAusland 63); Nicky Clark, Jon Daly (Andrew Little 58)
Subs not used: Scott Gallacher, Barrie McKay, Luca Gasparotto, Andy Mitchell

Newcastle United (4-2-3-1): Tim Krul (Rob Elliot 46); Mathieu Debuchy, Steven Taylor, Fabricio Coloccini (c) (Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa 73), Davide Santon (Paul Dummett 64); Cheick Tiote (Vurnon Anita 73), Yohan Cabaye (Dan Gosling 80); Hatem Ben Arfa (Yoan Gouffran 46), Moussa Sissoko (Sylvain Marveaux 64), Jonas Gutierrez (Sammy Ameobi 80); Papiss Cisse (Shola Ameobi 73)
Subs not used: n/a

Referee: Steven McLean

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39 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Toon_Jock // Aug 6, 2013 at 9:51 PM


  • 2 Highland Mag // Aug 6, 2013 at 9:52 PM

    Shola? Really? Astounding…

  • 3 89Norcal // Aug 6, 2013 at 9:54 PM

    Fatman come on man. Sissoko probably played as many roles as Jonas in the 6 months he was here. I did alot of work on the right hand side in his first few games, plus playing attacking mid, plus playing deep and playing a box to box role.

    I want Jonas to succeed but he has disappointed over and over. Meanwhile Marveaux rots on the bench.

  • 4 paul24 // Aug 6, 2013 at 9:54 PM

    The rest of the squads form must be p**s poor if he was the only one who could find the net. Man City are gonna steam roller us come the start of the season :(

  • 5 Toon_Jock // Aug 6, 2013 at 9:54 PM

    Friendly or not!! Shocking Display
    Thanks SHOLA!!

  • 6 FatmanJoe // Aug 6, 2013 at 9:54 PM

    He has his moments. Such a frustrating player.

  • 7 Newcastle Brown Alien // Aug 6, 2013 at 9:55 PM

    Why did we sign remy when we have SHOLA?

  • 8 Big Pappa Cissé // Aug 6, 2013 at 9:56 PM

    So much for Pardew learning from his mistakes. Scary thing Is that will be very close to the side he fields against City.

  • 9 mattnufc // Aug 6, 2013 at 9:57 PM

    1) Do not automatically start Jonas and Tiote
    2) Do not start Sissoko on the right
    3) Yanga instead of Taylor

  • 10 beautifulmind // Aug 6, 2013 at 9:57 PM

    sholas a legend. Some unfair comments for a lad that gives his all and is black and white through and through. So what if hes not as quality as a Remy hes been effective for the team in pre season and should be applauded.

  • 11 Bearsize // Aug 6, 2013 at 9:58 PM

    Shola is so poo his miss-hit passes keep going in the net. Guti tiote and taylor keeping anita, marv and mbiwa on bench somehow. Ben arfa has to play wing, he needs to be restricted coz if u give him freedom he dallys

  • 12 Shadow_Shearer // Aug 6, 2013 at 10:00 PM

    Why can’t shola score like this against good teams!
    Or in the premiership rather than pre-season

  • 13 geordie157 // Aug 6, 2013 at 10:01 PM

    my team vs City 433

    Debuchy, Mbiwa, Colo, Santon
    Cabaye, Tiote, Sissoko
    Remy, Cisse, Gouffran.

    yes no Ben Arfa

    Pards likely line up in a 4141

    Debuchy, Saylor, Colo, Santon Tiote
    Ben Arfa, Cabaye, Sissoko, Jonas

  • 14 Bearsize // Aug 6, 2013 at 10:01 PM

    Shola lives our dream everyday. I know i am hard on him thats coz i am jealous he made it

  • 15 toonarmydownsouth // Aug 6, 2013 at 10:01 PM

    Shola saves us again!!!
    4 goals in 5 pre season games!!!

  • 16 Sazzer // Aug 6, 2013 at 10:02 PM

    Pardew singled out Shola Ameobi for particular praise after the striker climbed off the bench to level in the dying seconds.
    ‘The goalscorer says everything about Newcastle United. He is a legend to me.’

  • 17 FatmanJoe // Aug 6, 2013 at 10:02 PM


    Sissoko did not play as many roles as Jonas.

    Plus, Sissoko played a handful of games well and then joined the rest of the team in playing badly.

    Bad example.

  • 18 paul24 // Aug 6, 2013 at 10:02 PM

    Yes, someone should email that to him, or better yet use it as a distraction as we tie bricks to his feet and push him into the tyne.

    The only this legendary about Shola is his ability to be s***e so consistently, he isnt good enough to be at NUFC and should be shipped of to Guantanamo Bay for crimes against football.

  • 19 scout // Aug 6, 2013 at 10:03 PM

    Championship sides will be hanging off the knocker for shola in the morning

  • 20 89Norcal // Aug 6, 2013 at 10:04 PM

    paul24 // Aug 6, 2013 at 10:02 PM

    The only this legendary about Shola is his ability to be s***e so consistently, he isnt good enough to be at NUFC and should be shipped of to Guantanamo Bay for crimes against football.

    paul u crack me up man :lol:

  • 21 jeff // Aug 6, 2013 at 10:05 PM


    Debuchy Mbiwa Colo Santon
    Anita Cabaye Sissoko
    Marveaux Cisse Remy

    ben arfa is a one-trick pony, mbiwa is ten times better than saylor and theres absolutely no need for me to validate anita > tiote and remy > jonas

    this formation can also play 4-3-1-2 if the opposing fullbacks arent getting up much letting marv drop into the hole

  • 22 beautifulmind // Aug 6, 2013 at 10:05 PM

    shola has scored against good teams i.e spurs, Chelsea. Hes effective at Premier league level coming off bench for last 20 – 30 mins. If he and club are happy with this then crack on. Loyal players who give their all like this should not be ridiculed by so called fans.

  • 23 jeff // Aug 6, 2013 at 10:05 PM

    maybe shola over cisse

  • 24 paul24 // Aug 6, 2013 at 10:06 PM


    I do my best mate :P

  • 25 Sazzer // Aug 6, 2013 at 10:07 PM

    We’ve still got work to do…

  • 26 FatmanJoe // Aug 6, 2013 at 10:07 PM

    Jeff – aren’t you ted?

    i don’t mind, I actually found him quite entertaining.

  • 27 Shadow_Shearer // Aug 6, 2013 at 10:08 PM

    Maybe Shola is underrated! No manager ever gave him a chance. Funny enough, only man who ever believed in him was Sir Bobby Robson. I couldn’t see many ppl argue with him. Not even Mourinho

  • 28 francesco-hba // Aug 6, 2013 at 10:09 PM

    sorry for my english, but i have informations about the gomis transfer

    The Lyon’s president has just been interviewed on l’equipe 21 here in france and spoke about more than 5 minutes about it

  • 29 FatmanJoe // Aug 6, 2013 at 10:10 PM

    I think Roeder believed in Shola too but just when he was starting to find form he got injured and was out for ages. I think that’s part of the problem.

  • 30 Toonboy_84 // Aug 6, 2013 at 10:10 PM

    Fair play to shola. A good pre season will make him confident coming off the bench. Good player to bring off the bench but not a starter anymore.

  • 31 Toonacious T // Aug 6, 2013 at 10:11 PM

    Shola and Guti to start against Man City! Hhhhhhmmmmm, they must be bricking it, lol. We can’t beat Rangers of the Scottish third tier, were you watching JFK!

  • 32 aidytoon9 // Aug 6, 2013 at 10:13 PM

    We actually have a half decent squad but pardew doesn’t know how to get the best out of them. What annoys me is that is probably the team that will start v citeh.
    If he plays in this way we will be in for a poor season.

  • 33 francesco-hba // Aug 6, 2013 at 10:14 PM

    He just said that he’s very pessimistic on the goings of it, and that he’s very disappointed about this no-way situation.

    It seems that Gomis’agents are the key of the problem. Aulas said that at the beginning, he wanted to sold Gomis for 15M, then 12M and that has going under 10 now. Gomis’contract ends on the next summer, and he want to sell him. But he said that Kinnear just talk with him again and the problems seems on the wage and the agent’s fee.

    He finished in saying that if Gomis doesnt leave, he will be reintegrated on late August.

  • 34 aidytoon9 // Aug 6, 2013 at 10:14 PM

    Shola shouldn’t be anywhere near our bench.

  • 35 beddersmag // Aug 6, 2013 at 10:16 PM

    Jeff anita is too weak to play in tiotes role. Your team would get steamrollered in the prem as you need to win the battle in midfield first. Thats why pardew plays jonas and tiote even when in poor form. You literally have only two players who will naturally defend and they are both at centre half. And defending starts from the front. Havent seen much of remy but none of the other front 5 will even contest a header. Would be great if they clicked at home against weak opposition but more often than not it would get hammered and bullied imo.

  • 36 Felipe // Aug 6, 2013 at 10:30 PM

    Anita is an excellent defensive midfield player. He’s not ready to start over Tiote but you really don’t know what you’re lacking bout if you think he’s weak. Good left back cover too..

  • 37 ballerfan2 // Aug 6, 2013 at 10:31 PM

    Shola made the difference in the last 15 mins. Interesting to listen to the Rangers fans close by. What our own supporters perceive as laziness was described by the Glasgow fans as calm and easy on the ball (as well as being a man mountain lol). Certainly he, along with Marveaux , made the game look easy. Cabaye I’m afraid was again not anything like his best but the greatest disappointment was Sissoko who constantly was knocked off the ball very easily or just gave it away. Oh , and if Ben Arfa’s first half volley had not been saved we would have been marvelling at yet another wonder strike – sublime technique.

  • 38 ballerfan2 // Aug 6, 2013 at 10:37 PM

    I stand corrected – it was Debuchy’s volleyed effort. What a hit.

  • 39 joppadoni // Aug 7, 2013 at 12:42 AM

    if you think mbiwa before taylor you should move to watching tiddly winks

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