Alan Pardew praises Ameobi brothers
The Magpies got off to a terrible start conceding twice within the opening 20 minutes.
However, Vernon Anita and Shola Ameobi levelled the score in the second-half.
Despite dropping two points, Pardew was impressed with his side and in particular the combination of the Ameobi brothers:
“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.” He is quoted by SkySports.
“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 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.”
The result leaves the North East club a point clear at the top of Group D and victory over Maritimo during their next game will guarantee progression to the knockout round:
“We are going to have to kick ourselves if we don’t beat Maritimo at home, with all due respect to them.” Pardew said.
“We have got ourselves in a great position and are looking to just wrap the league up perhaps with that win there, which is our next game.”