Sammy Ameobi out to shake Saints

Sammy Ameobi in action between Newcastle United V CS Maritimo 1-1 22-11-2012. Photograph by FRANK REID
Sammy Ameobi in action between Newcastle United V CS Maritimo 1-1 22-11-2012. Photograph by FRANK REID

SAMMY Ameobi admits Newcastle United need to build a solid foundation at St Mary’s Stadium – after “crumbling” at St James’s Park.

And the striker insists Alan Pardew’s beleaguered side are determined to take all three points from Southampton.

Newcastle are looking for a first win in six games in all competitions.

United dropped into the bottom half of the Premier League after last weekend’s defeat to Swansea City.

Pardew had been looking for a confidence-boosting Europa League win over Maritimo on Thursday night, but his team scraped a 1-1 draw against the Madeiran team.

And the sooner the club gets back to winning ways, the better for Ameobi, who could start with his elder brother Shola sidelined through a groin injury, and Papiss Demba Cisse (thigh) doubtful.

Southampton, in the relegation zone, are also under pressure, with their manager, Nigel Adkins, tipped for the sack.

“We need to pick up our form,” Ameobi said.

“In the last game they (Southampton) had to fight to get the win.

“It’s not going to be easy. They’ll be up in confidence.

“We’ll be fired up for the weekend, and hopefully everybody can be on the right note.

“Obviously, we’re in a period where we’ve lost two home games.

“We’re in that stage where we can be a bit nervous, so we have to pick it up, really.

“We have to get back on the right track.”