Ameobi’s goal for Newcastle Utd means nowt in defeat to Swansea City

Newcastle's Shola Ameobi scores his side's opening goal
Newcastle's Shola Ameobi scores his side's opening goal

SHOLA Ameobi surveyed the wreckage of a fifth-straight Newcastle United defeat - and admitted his first Premier League goal in 16 months meant nothing to him.

Ameobi netted what could prove to be his last goal for the club in Saturday’s 2-1 home loss to Swansea City.

The long-serving striker put Newcastle ahead in the 23rd minute, but Wilfried Bony scored in added time at the end of each half to condemn United to a club-record fifth consecutive Premier League defeat.

Alan Pardew’s side were booed off the pitch by frustrated fans, who have endured a wretched few months home and away.

And the result did nothing to ease the pressure on Pardew, who conceded in the build-up to the game that many United fans now want a change in manager.

The strike was Ameobi’s first in the league since December 2012, and only his second in 55 top-flight games.

But ending a 1,399-minute wait for a goal was no consolation to the 32-year-old, even though he might not score another at St James’s Park.

“It doesn’t mean anything,” Ameobi said. “Ultimately, and this is the way I’ve always seen it, it’s about winning games.

“I don’t care who scores, really. I’ve always been like that, which is probably to my detriment.

“It’s about winning games. That’s where I get ultimate satisfaction - knowing I’ve helped the team. Unfortunately that hasn’t happened.”

Ameobi flicked the ball on to Luuk de Jong, who played the ball back to the Nigeria international, who hopes to go to this summer’s World Cup in Brazil.

And the 32-year-old turned and rolled the ball past Michel Vorm with his left foot to score his 78th United goal.

But Bony lost Mike Williamson, his marker, to head a corner past goalkeeper Tim Krul before the break, and the striker also converted an injury-time penalty after Cheik Tiote recklessly brought down Marvin Emnes.

“We wanted a fast start, which we got,” said Ameobi, who is out of contract in the summer and expected to leave the club.

“We got them under the cosh a little bit. We managed to get ahead, which was great for us after the recent form.

“But we have been hit by two sucker punches yet again.

“It’s just very frustrating when you’ve been working hard to put things right.

“Yes, we’re not going to be playing on top form because of the results that have come, but we thought we had a good gameplan, which was going well.

“But the end of both halves killed us. It’s very, very frustrating.

“You work hard all week to formulate the best gameplan and do the best things, but as players we have to make sure we implement it on the pitch.

“For the most part, we’ve done that.

“We had two lapses of concentration which cost us, and that seems to have happened all too often in the last few weeks.”