Shola Ameobi admits to goal drought concern

Newcastle United star Shola Ameobi feels 'extremely frustrated' at his lack of goals this season

Newcastle United's Shola Ameobi
Newcastle United's Shola Ameobi

Shola Ameobi has admitted he is growing increasingly concerned about his goal drought.

The Newcastle United striker is playing some of his best football for years in a black and white shirt but is yet to open his Premier League account, something which has left him “extremely frustrated”.

Ameobi led the line alongside Loic Remy on Saturday as Newcastle chiselled out a point against Southampton in the archetypal game of two halves.

United took the lead via Yoan Gouffran in the first half before Jay Rodriguez’s strike pegged them back in a second half the Saints had the better of.

The experienced striker admits he should have done better with some of the chances which came his way – and is working on ways to try and break his Premier League duck. He said: “I am extremely frustrated. I am playing well but not scoring goals.

“I should have buried that header in the second half, it was bread and butter for me. It is frustrating and something I need to work on.

“As a striker you gain confidence from scoring goals. I have to add them to my game in the rest of the season. I am working hard in training to make sure I get into positions and hopefully they will come soon.

“It is a long drought now. It is something I am trying not to think about.

“When you do that it affects you. but for all that the team comes first and as long as we win that is all that matters. On a personal level I want to break that duck as soon as I can.

“When the team is winning you want to get in among the goals.

“Hopefully, I will put it right in the next few games.”

For all that Newcastle were ultimately disappointed not to win, Southampton proving obdurate and talented opponents.

Ameobi thinks it was a decent point in those circumstances.

He added: “It was a tough game against a side who can hurt you on the break and proved that with their goal.

“They showed what a good side they are when they should have beaten Manchester City last week, so we are happy with a point. Now we have to back it up with two wins in the next games. A point was fair and deserved.”

Meanwhile, Pardew absolved Remy of the blame for the pair of misses that cost United a victory on Saturday.

In the first half the forward saw one cleared off the line when he was presented with a one-on-one opportunity but it was his second period miss, when he managed to skew a shot wide after Paolo Gazzaniga had kicked into his path, that was particularly worrying.

Pardew backed his striker to hit back, saying: “I was surprised he missed those chances, but I’ve got no doubts about his ability and he won’t miss another one like that. I just know him. I see him in training every day.”

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