Bruges Brothers Shola and Sammy proud at making Newcastle history

THUMBS UP ... Shola Ameobi celebrates his equaliser.
THUMBS UP ... Shola Ameobi celebrates his equaliser.

SHOLA and Sammy Ameobi told of their pride after making history for Newcastle United.

The pair became only the third brothers to start a game for the club when they lined up against Club Brugge in the Europa League last night.

And the pair combined for Newcastle’s equaliser late in the first half.

Trailing by two goals after a fraught opening at the Jan Breydel Stadium, United fought back before the break.

Vurnon Anita pulled one back in the 41st minute with a superb volley before Sammy, 20, played in Shola for his 14th European goal.

“We thought we’d started off comfortably, but then gave away two sloppy goals,” said Ameobi Snr.

“It was disappointing. Having not conceded in the group stages all year, we wanted to keep that run going.

“But it just shows the fighting spirit we’ve got here. We were down, but not out. We knew the game was still there for us.

“Then to pop up and get the equaliser before half-time was a bonus – it was fantastic.

“The second half was anybody’s game. Both sides wanted to win it. It was quite a good game. Unfortunately, we didn’t get the win, but we’ll take the point.”

On the eve of the game, Ameobi Jnr was called up by England’s Under-21s for next Tuesday’s friendly against Northern Ireland.

And the start – and assist – capped a fine few weeks for Sammy, tipped to be a regular starter in the Premier League next season by United manager Alan Pardew.

Sammy took a pass from James Tavernier on the left, and played in Shola, who poked the ball past Bojan Jorgacevic.

“Obviously, it was my first start with Shola,” he told the Gazette. “It’s a great memory, and it’s something I’ll cherish for a long time.

“I’m glad to have contributed to his goal, and to have got us a point.

“I just said ‘please just score – any way possible!’. Obviously, he’s got the toe punt, and it’s gone past the keeper.

“I’m really happy to have contributed, and that we got a point.

“It’s a great honour – it’s great for our parents and our family.

“They’re proud of us. We don’t take anything for granted – we’ve worked hard to get where we are.

“I’m glad I’ve had the opportunity to start alongside him.”

The game leaves Newcastle still needing to beat Maritimo at St James’s Park later this month to qualify for the Europa League’s Round of 32.

“It was a tough game,” added Sammy. “They’re a great side, and good at passing the ball.

“We gave away two sloppy goals and had to work our way back. It wasn’t easy. We got the two goals back and tried to win it.

“At least we came away with something.

“It was sensational strike from Vurnon. He’s got great ability, and he shows it in training every day.”

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