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04 Apr 2011 13:24:29

Ameobi - Is He A Hero?

Most fans were raving about the the third goal against Wolves, but it took an amazing amount of courage for Shola Ameobi to make that header for our second. He has a smashed cheekbone but he charged in at the far post and put his head right in the mix to be clattered by a Wolves defender ... and that took amazing bravery. It won't be under consideration for "Goal Of The Season", I'm sure, but that was MY memorable goal of 2010/11. Shola Ameobi: "My face hurts though. It's sore, really sore. "Every time I head the ball, the mask is hard plastic so it smashes against your face. "I got a boot in the face, the back of someone's head in the face. It's all part and parcel of it. "The mask has given me a chance to play and that's what I wanted. I don't wear it at home. My little daughter would be too scared. "My goal was a header, so the mask is working. I've got used to it. When I catch the ball right on the forehead it's fine, but you're never going to get it on your forehead all the time and it really hurts when you don't. "The surgeon wants me to wear it until the end of the season but I can't wait to ditch it. "I thought my season was over when I got the injury. I wouldn't say it was a shock when I found out about the mask, I watch a lot of basketball so I knew there were these sorts of masks being used. I mentioned it first. I was desperate to play, especially with the position we are in." Former Toon midfielder Rob Lee spoke on SKY TV on Sunday suggesting Shola has never reached the heights he should have. Rob Lee: "He could have been a far better player than he is, because he has the ability, no doubt. "But he has had a lot of injuries, and that has put him back. "When I was at the club I was amazed at how good he was in training, but he has not reached the heights we expected from him. "Can he still achieve it? I don't think so, because he should have done it before now." MAGPIES IN EUROPE From Antwerp to Zurich Price: £9.99 (including post) The book will be available from April 4th!  If you want to order a copy please contact me: Kevnumad@fsmail.net NEWCASTLE 4 WOLVES 1 NEWCASTLE: Harper, Simpson, Coloccini, Williamson, Ferguson (Perch 59), Barton (Steven Taylor 89), Guthrie, Nolan, Gutierrez, Ameobi, Lovenkrands (Ranger 68). Subs Not Used: Krul, Campbell, Tavernier, Kuqi. WOLVES: Hennessey, Foley, Stearman, Berra, Elokobi (Ward 81), Hammill (Kightly 53), Henry, O'Hara, Milijas (Fletcher 30), Jarvis, Ebanks-Blake. Subs Not Used: Hahnemann, Craddock, David Jones, Mancienne. Att: 49,939 Many Toon fans regarded this fixture as the most important of the Premiership campaign ... and Alan Pardew's boys were up to the challenge. With one win in ten games ... and Newcastle's shocking record for defeats after a two-week break ... the omens were not good for the visit of Wolves. But Alan Pardew's boys were up for this game, and it was a performance to treasure for the near 50,000 crowd. Jonas Gutierrez added the cream at the end as this victory just about confirmed Newcastle will be playing Barclays Premier League football next season. Kevin Nolan, Shola Ameobi and Peter Lovenkrands put the Magpies 3-0 ahead but Wolves staged a fightback as Sylvan Ebanks-Blake reduced the deficit with 58 minutes gone and then saw a 72nd-minute header cleared off the line. But Argentina international Gutierrez made sure with a superb solo effort in injury time to the delight of a crowd of 49,939 to take the Magpies' points tally to 39 and leave them within touching distance of safety. Newcastle created more than enough chances to win the game in the first half alone. Karl Henry had spent much of the reverse fixture at Molineux in August reminding Joey Barton of his presence, and his team-mates took up the theme today. George Elokobi and Nenad Milijas were booked for early fouls on the midfielder and on both occasions the home side almost scored from the resulting free-kicks. First Barton floated a fifth-minute ball into the box for defender Mike Williamson to send in a diving header which goalkeeper Wayne Hennessey had to palm around the post, and he then presented Nolan with a 16th-minute chance, but he directed his effort straight at Hennessey. When the opening goal did arrive, it came straight down route one as Ameobi climbed well to flick-on Danny Simpson's long ball into the path of Nolan, who stabbed past Hennessey. Wolves, who were busy in midfield but lacked any real creativity, were fitful in their response and it was not until Ebanks-Blake met Jamie O'Hara's 44th-minute free-kick in front of goal that Steve Harper was called upon to make a save. But Newcastle's response was emphatic and they doubled their lead in the final minute of the half when Ameobi climbed to power a header home from Lovenkrands' cross. The only disappointment for Newcastle was the 44th-minute booking - his 10th of the season - collected by Nolan for a trip on winger Adam Hammill which will cost him a two-game ban. Alan Pardew's men might have been home and dry within two minutes of the restart as they ran at will through a dangerously permeable Wolves defence. First Hennessey had to make a vital block after Ameobi had forced his way to the goal-line and squared for Barton, and then the woodwork came to the rescue when Lovenkrands had rounded the keeper, but shot against the upright from a tight angle. However, the game was over with 50 minutes gone when Fabricio Coloccini was allowed to run out of defence and find Barton down the right, whose low cross was tailor-made for Lovenkrands to help himself to his fifth goal of the season. But Wolves refused to give up the fight and they grabbed a lifeline eight minutes later when Ebanks-Blake side-footed home from Jarvis' pinpoint cross. Newcastle's composure eluded them as they attempted to deal with the setback, and they were fortunate not to concede again two minutes later when substitute Steven Fletcher glanced a free header wide. For the first time in the game, the visitors had established a momentum, and substitute James Perch came to the home side's rescue twice within seconds, first dispossessing Ebanks-Blake inside the box and then clearing his goalbound header off the line. The onslaught continued as the clock ran down, but Gutierrez relieved the tension when, after substitute Steven Taylor had blocked Karl Henry's shot and steamed upfield, he fed the midfielder to cut inside and curl an inch-perfect shot past Hennessey. NEWCASTLE UNITED FIXTURES   Sunday 10th April 2011   Aston Villa  v  Newcastle United 16:00   Tuesday 19th April 2011   Newcastle United  v  Manchester United 19:45   Saturday 23rd April 2011   Blackpool  v  Newcastle United 15:00   Sunday 01st May 2011   Liverpool  v  Newcastle United 12:00   Saturday 07th May 2011   Newcastle United  v  Birmingham City 15:00   Sunday 15th May 2011   Chelsea  v  Newcastle United 13:30   Sunday 22nd May 2011   Newcastle United  v  West Bromwich Albion 15:00 NEWCASTLE UNITED 2010/11 PREMIERSHIP NEWCASTLE 4 WOLVES 1 (Nolan, Ameobi, Lovenkrands, Gutierrez)Harper, Simpson, Coloccini, Williamson, Ferguson (Perch 59), Barton (Steven Taylor 89), Guthrie, Nolan, Gutierrez, Ameobi, Lovenkrands (Ranger 68). Subs Not Used: Krul, Campbell, Tavernier, Kuqi. STOKE 4 NEWCASTLE 0Harper, Coloccini, Williamson, Campbell (Gutierrez 66), Jose Enrique (Ferguson 23), Simpson, Barton, Nolan, Tiote, Lovenkrands (Ranger 61), Ameobi.Subs Not Used: Krul, Guthrie, Steven Taylor, Kuqi. NEWCASTLE 1 EVERTON 2 (Best)Harper, Steven Taylor (Ferguson 65), Williamson, Coloccini, Jose Enrique (Ameobi 43), Simpson, Tiote, Nolan, Gutierrez, Best (Kuqi 85), Lovenkrands. Subs Not Used: Krul, Guthrie, Perch, Richardson. NEWCASTLE 1 BOLTON 1 (Nolan)Harper, Simpson, Williamson, Coloccini, Jose Enrique, Barton, Tiote, Nolan, Gutierrez (Campbell 87), Lovenkrands (Ranger 64), Best (Guthrie 75).Subs Not Used: Krul, Perch, Ferguson, Kuqi. BIRMINGHAM 0 NEWCASTLE 2 (Lovenkrands, Best)Harper, Simpson, Williamson, Coloccini, Jose Enrique, Barton, Tiote, Nolan, Gutierrez (Campbell 87), Lovenkrands (Ranger 64), Best (Guthrie 75).Subs Not Used: Krul, Perch, Ferguson, Kuqi. BLACKBURN 0 NEWCASTLE 0Harper, Simpson (Perch 76), Williamson, Coloccini, Jose Enrique, Barton, Tiote, Nolan, Gutierrez, Best (Kuqi 90), Lovenkrands (Ranger 77).Subs Not Used: Krul, Campbell, Guthrie, Ferguson. NEWCASTLE 4 ARSENAL 4 (Barton 2 (2 pens), Best, Tiote)Harper, Simpson, Williamson, Coloccini, Jose Enrique, Barton, Tiote, Nolan, Gutierrez, Best (Guthrie 89), Lovenkrands (Ranger 73).Subs Not Used: Krul, Campbell, Perch, Ferguson, Richardson. FULHAM 1 NEWCASTLE UTD 0Harper, Simpson, Williamson, Coloccini, Jose Enrique, Barton, Nolan, Guthrie, Gutierrez, Best (Lovenkrands 72), Ameobi (Ranger 13).Subs Not Used: Krul, Campbell, Perch, Ferguson, Richardson. NEWCASTLE 1 SPURS 1 (Coloccini)Harper, Simpson, Williamson, Coloccini, Jose Enrique, Barton, Guthrie (Perch 74), Nolan, Gutierrez, Best (Lovenkrands 65), Ameobi (Ranger 88).Subs Not Used: Krul, Campbell, Xisco, Ferguson. SUNDERLAND 1 NEWCASTLE 1 (Nolan)Harper, Simpson, Coloccini, Williamson, Jose Enrique, Barton, Nolan, Smith (Guthrie 37),Gutierrez (Gosling 90), Best (Lovenkrands 88), Ameobi.Subs Not Used: Krul, Routledge, Perch, Ranger. NEWCASTLE 5 WEST HAM 0 (Best 3, Nolan, Lovenkrands)Harper, Simpson, Steven Taylor (Williamson 46), Coloccini, Jose Enrique, Barton, Nolan, Tiote, Gutierrez (Ferguson 66), Lovenkrands, Best (Ranger 64).Subs Not Used: Krul, Guthrie, Routledge, Perch. WIGAN 0 NEWCASTLE 1 (Ameobi)Harper, Simpson, Steven Taylor, Coloccini, Jose Enrique, Barton, Nolan (Smith 86), Tiote, Gutierrez, Ameobi (Best 77), Lovenkrands (Routledge 70).Subs Not Used: Krul, Williamson, Perch, Ranger. TOTTENHAM 2 NEWCASTLE 0Krul, Coloccini, Steven Taylor, Perch, Tiote (Lovenkrands 79), Barton, Routledge, Simpson, Smith, Gutierrez (Ranger 67), Carroll.Subs Not Used: Harper, Williamson, Xisco, Best, Kadar. NEWCASTLE 1 MAN CITY 3 (Carroll)Krul, Simpson, Steven Taylor, Coloccini, Jose Enrique, Routledge (Ranger 60), Barton, Tiote, Gutierrez, Nolan, Carroll.Subs Not Used: Harper, Williamson, Guthrie, Perch, Smith, Best. NEWCASTLE 3 LIVERPOOL 1 (Nolan, Barton, Carroll)Krul, Simpson, Steven Taylor, Campbell, Jose Enrique, Barton (Routledge 90), Nolan (Smith 87), Tiote, Gutierrez, Carroll, Ameobi (Ranger 63).Subs Not Used: Harper, Guthrie, Lovenkrands, Perch. WEST BROM 3 NEWCASTLE 1 (Lovenkrands)Krul, Simpson, Steven Taylor, Campbell, Jose Enrique, Routledge (Ranger 74), Guthrie (Smith 73), Tiote, Gutierrez, Carroll, Ameobi (Lovenkrands 46).Subs Not Used: Soderberg, Perch, Best, Kadar. NEWCASTLE 1 CHELSEA 1 (Carroll)Krul, Simpson, Steven Taylor, Campbell, Jose Enrique, Routledge, Guthrie, Tiote, Gutierrez, Carroll, Ameobi (Ranger 77).Subs Not Used: Soderberg, Lovenkrands, Perch, Smith, Best, Kadar. BOLTON 5 NEWCASTLE 1 (Carroll)Krul, Simpson, Williamson, Coloccini, Jose Enrique, Guthrie (Routledge 71), Nolan, Smith, Gutierrez (Campbell 77), Carroll, Ameobi (Lovenkrands 72).Subs Not Used: Soderberg, Perch, Steven Taylor, Ranger. NEWCASTLE 0 FULHAM 0Krul, Simpson, Williamson, Coloccini, Jose Enrique, Guthrie (Routledge 76), Tiote, Nolan, Gutierrez, Carroll, Lovenkrands (Ranger 76).Subs Not Used: Soderberg, Campbell, Smith, Xisco, Steven Taylor. NEWCASTLE 1 BLACKBURN 2 (Carroll)Krul, Simpson, Coloccini, Williamson, Jose Enrique, Barton, Nolan, Tiote (Routledge 88), Gutierrez, Carroll,Ameobi (Ranger 46).Subs Not Used: Soderberg, Campbell, Lovenkrands, Smith, Steven Taylor. ARSENAL 0 NEWCASTLE 1 (Carroll)Krul, Simpson, Coloccini, Williamson, Jose Enrique, Barton, Tiote, Nolan, Gutierrez, Carroll, Ameobi (Ranger 82).Subs Not Used: Soderberg, Campbell, Routledge, Lovenkrands, Smith, Steven Taylor. NEWCASTLE 5 SUNDERLAND 1 (Nolan 3, Ameobi 2 - 1 pen)Krul, Jose Enrique, Coloccini, Williamson, Simpson,Tiote, Barton, Nolan, Gutierrez, Ameobi (Ranger 86), Carroll.Subs Not Used: Soderberg, Routledge, Lovenkrands, Perch, Ryan Taylor, Smith. WEST HAM 1 NEWCASTLE 2 (Nolan, Carroll)Krul, Simpson, Williamson, Coloccini, Jose Enrique, Barton, Nolan, Tiote, Gutierrez, Carroll, Ameobi.Subs Not Used: Soderberg, Guthrie, Routledge, Lovenkrands, Perch, Ryan Taylor, Smith. NEWCASTLE 2 WIGAN ATH 2 (Ameobi, Coloccini)Krul, Perch (Ranger 89), Coloccini, Williamson, Jose Enrique, Guthrie (Routledge 66), Tiote, Barton, Gutierrez, Lovenkrands (Ameobi 60), Carroll.Subs Not Used: Soderberg, Ryan Taylor, Smith, Kadar.  MAN CITY 2 NEWCASTLE 1 (Gutierrez)Krul, Perch, Williamson, Coloccini (Campbell 36), Jose Enrique, Ben Arfa (Routledge 7), Nolan (Carroll 76), Tiote, Barton, Gutierrez, Ameobi. Subs Not Used: Soderberg, Lovenkrands, Ryan Taylor, Smith. NEWCASTLE 1 STOKE CITY 2 (Nolan pen)Krul, Perch, Coloccini, Williamson, Jose Enrique, Ben Arfa (Gutierrez 62), Barton, Tiote (Ameobi 74), Routledge, Nolan, Carroll. Subs Not Used: Soderberg, Lovenkrands, Ryan Taylor, Smith, Ranger. EVERTON 0 NEWCASTLE 1 (Ben Arfa)Harper (Krul 35), Perch, Coloccini, Williamson,Jose Enrique, Routledge, Tiote, Barton,Ben Arfa (Gutierrez 84), Nolan, Carroll. Subs Not Used: Campbell, Lovenkrands, Ryan Taylor, Smith. NEWCASTLE 0 BLACKPOOL 2Harper, Perch, Coloccini, Williamson, Jose Enrique, Routledge (Ameobi 81), Smith (Lovenkrands 62), Barton, Gutierrez (Ben Arfa 73), Nolan, Carroll.Subs Not Used: Krul, Campbell, Ryan Taylor, Tiote. WOLVES 1 NEWCASTLE 1 (Carroll)Harper, Perch, Williamson, Coloccini, Jose Enrique, Routledge, Smith, Barton, Gutierrez, Nolan, Carroll (Ameobi 81).Subs Not Used: Krul, Lovenkrands, Ryan Taylor, Kadar, Vuckic, Ranger. NEWCASTLE 6 ASTON VILLA 0 (Barton, Nolan 2, Carroll 3)Harper, Perch, Coloccini, Williamson, Jose Enrique, Routledge (Ameobi 76), Smith (Ryan Taylor 76), Barton, Gutierrez (Xisco 80), Nolan, Carroll.Subs Not Used: Krul, Lovenkrands, Vuckic, Tavernier. MAN UTD 3 NEWCASTLE 0Harper, Perch, Coloccini, Williamson, Jose Enrique, Routledge, Smith, Nolan (Ameobi 71), Barton,Gutierrez (Xisco 80), Carroll. Subs Not Used: Krul, Ryan Taylor, Vuckic, Ranger, Tavernier. FA CUP STEVENAGE 3 NEWCASTLE 1Krul, Perch, Coloccini, Williamson, Simpson, Barton, Smith (Tiote 58), Nolan, Routledge, Lovenkrands (Airey 78), Best (Ranger 46).Subs Not Used: Soderberg, Guthrie, Kadar, Ferguson. CARLING CUP NEWCASTLE 0 ARSENAL 4Krul, Perch, Williamson, Kadar, Ryan Taylor, Routledge (Gutierrez 56), Guthrie, Smith (Barton 71), Vuckic, Lovenkrands (Carroll 57), Ranger.Subs Not Used: Soderberg, Coloccini, Jose Enrique, Tiote. CHELSEA 3 NEWCASTLE 4 (Ranger, R Taylor, Ameobi 2)Krul, Ryan Taylor (Tiote 63), Campbell, Coloccini (Williamson 63), Ferguson (Barton 90), Ranger, Gutierrez, Vuckic, Smith, Ameobi, Lovenkrands.Subs Not Used: Soderberg, Nolan, Carroll, Ben Arfa. ACCRINGTON STANLEY 2 NEWCASTLE 3 (Ryan Taylor, Ameobi, Lovenkrands)Krul, Ryan Taylor, Kadar, Tavernier, Ferguson, Ranger, Donaldson, Vuckic (Nolan 90), LuaLua, Ameobi,Lovenkrands.Subs Not Used: Soderberg, Williamson, Barton, Routledge, Perch, Smith. PRE-SEASON CARLISLE 0 NEWCASTLE 3 (Best, Ranger, Vuckic)Harper (Krul 46), Tavernier (R Taylor 46), Coloccini (S Taylor 46) (Henderson 81), Williamson (Perch 46), Enrique (Ferguson 46), Inman (Routledge 46), Smith (Barton 46), Nolan (Guthrie 46), LuaLua (Vuckic 46) , Carroll (Best 46), Lovenkrands (Ranger 46). NORWICH CITY 2 NEWCASTLE 1 (Ameobi)Krul, Taylor (Routledge 45), Tavernier, Coloccini (Williamson 45), Diaz (Ferguson 57); Ranger (Xisco 45), Barton (Smith 45), Nolan (Guthrie 45), Vuckic (Edmundsson 72); Best (Lovenkrands 45), Carroll (Ameobi 45). NEWCASTLE 2 PSV EINDHOVEN 2 (R.Taylor, Best) Harper, Perch, Enrique, Coloccini, Williamson, Guthrie, Nolan, Smith, Ryan Taylor, Lovenkrands, Ameobi. Subs: Carroll, Xisco, Best, LuaLua, Krul, Vuckic, Ranger, Donaldson, Tavernier. DEPORTIVO 0 NEWCASTLE 0 (NUFC win 5-4 on penalties - Lovenkrands, Nolan, Carroll, R Taylor, Barton)Harper (Krul 46); R Taylor, Perch (Tavernier 52), Coloccini, Enrique; Routledge, Barton, Guthrie (Nolan 46), Xisco (Gutierrez 46); Carroll, Best (Lovenkrands 73). Subs (not used): Smith, Ferguson RANGERS 2 NEWCASTLE 1 (Lovenkrands)Harper; Perch (Tavernier 81), Coloccini (Ferguson 81), Williamson, Enrique (R Taylor 56); Routledge (Xisco 83), Barton, Nolan, Guthrie, Gutierrez (Lovenkrands 69); Carroll (Ameobi 46).


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