Pardew praise for young Ameobi
Newcastle boss Alan Pardew predicted big things for Sammy Ameobi after he combined with brother Shola to spark a Europa League fightback against Maribor.
The 20-year-old was a key figure as the Magpies cancelled out Club Brugge's early two-goal lead to claim a point at the Jan Breydel Stadion. It was his 43rd-minute pass which 31-year-old Shola converted two minutes after Vurnon Anita had dragged the visitors back into the game on an eventful evening in Flanders, and Pardew was delighted with his contribution.
He said: "I thought they were both good tonight. We had Ameobi to Ameobi - which is almost like a song - for the second goal, which was nice. It was a great little turn from Sammy. He has just got this way of getting out of corners that I have not seen many players being able to get out of. He wriggles out of situations."
He went on: "He still needs to tighten up a little bit on the tactical and intelligence sides of the game. He takes people on where perhaps he should pass.
"But he will learn that. He showed his talent tonight - and he marks at set-plays, which he needs to do. He's 6'5. He's not very good at it, but he's learning."
Newcastle got off to a catastrophic start as the hosts raced into a 2-0 lead, aided and abetted by some dreadful defending. Ivan Trickovski took advantage of Fabricio Coloccini's indecision to control Ryan Donk's 14th-minute long ball and beat Tim Krul, and Jesper Jorgensen doubled their lead within five minutes after shooting home from 20 yards.
But it was the Magpies who finished the half with a flurry, with Anita volleying home his first goal for the club four minutes before the break and Shola Ameobi levelling.
Pardew said: "I wasn't too concerned. I thought we would score goals tonight, it was just important not to let any more in.
"We got a great goal from Anita after a good bit of pressure and then immediately got the second before half-time, which was a bonus, really.
"We came in at half-time in a strong position and really all we did second half was just to make sure defensively we were sound, and apart from a few break-aways and a couple of set-plays, I thought we were and it was just about whether we were going to score the winner."