Shola Ameobi shines in Newcastle shock

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Matchwinner Shola Ameobi earned high praise from boss Chris Hughton after helping Newcastle United clinch a shock 4-3 win at Chelsea in the third round of the Carling Cup.

Ameobi found the net twice at Stamford Bridge, with his second goal coming in the final minute of normal time, as the striker steered home a superb header from Jonas Gutierrez's left-wing corner.

Hughton said after the game:"Shola showed why he is still at this football club. He has had periods at the club where injuries have hindered his progress.

"That was the case last season, but on this form he is top player."

Of his team's overall display, Hughton added:"This was a game that most people felt we couldn't win irrespective of what side they put out.

"We showed great character and great finishing to get back in the game.

"It speaks volumes for the players in the changing room and hopefully it will give us the momentum to go into the next few games."

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