We’re down but not out says Shola Ameobi

Shola Ameobi is held up by JohnTerry. Picture by FRANK REID
Shola Ameobi is held up by JohnTerry. Picture by FRANK REID

NEWCASTLE United are down after their frustrating defeat to Chelsea - but they’re far from out, according to striker Shola Ameobi.

Newcastle suffered their second defeat of the season on Saturday when Andre Villas-Boas’s side won 3-0 at St James’s Park.

And the result ended their long run in the Premier League’s top four.

But Ameobi is adamant that he and his team-mates can put the loss behind them at Carrow Road on Saturday, even without first-choice centre-halves Fabricio Coloccini and Steven Taylor.

Taylor is likely to miss the rest of the season, while Coloccini will miss the Norwich City fixture.

The injuries are a significant blow to Pardew, who is short of options in central defence.

But Ameobi is confident that sixth-placed Newcastle can pull together and take advantage of a winnable sequence of games, with the Norwich game followed by back to back home fixtures against Swansea City and West Bromwich Albion.

“We just have to stay together as a team,” Ameobi told SportMail.

“You will lose games, that’s a given. It’s how we come back and how we respond.

“The manager was quite positive after the game. The dressing room’s still positive as well. We’re in the position we’re in because we’ve done well this season.

“We have to remember what we’ve achieved, and now take that confidence forward to Norwich.

“We have played the top three teams in a row and it has been a tough run for us. We have to take confidence from where we’re at, and our league position.”