Newcastle's England Under-21 striker scored a goal which saw his side climb half
Newcastle's England Under-21 striker scored a goal which saw his side climb halfway up the Premiership table, and earn comparisons with Alan Shearer...
LION OF THE WEEKEND - SHOLA AMEOBI
"We believe in him and will give him a chance" - Sir Bobby Robson
"Showed a great eye for goal" - News of the World
"Opportunist strike" - Mail On Sunday
With Newcastle starting in the bottom three and missing the injured Craig Bellamy, they needed a spirited performance from his replacement Shola Ameobi in Saturday's Tyne-Tees derby.
Ultimately, he gave a match-winning one.
The England Under-21 striker might be tall, strong and hold the ball up well. But his finishing is sometimes underestimated.
Boasting a good goals record in international football - he scored twice in Portugal during the recent European Championship campaign - Ameobi keeps cool in front of goal.
And so it proved when Newcastle earned a rare chance after 22 minutes of constant Boro pressure.
When the ball spun off Gary Speed's chest, it could have gone anywhere. It dropped next to Ameobi and if the striker was surprised his reactions were razor-sharp, bringing the ball under control, turning and shooting past Mark Schwarzer in one movement.
"Shola is a Geordie lad, we believe in him and he will get a chance here," said Newcastle manager Sir Bobby Robson afterwards.
"He is unlike Craig Bellamy of course, more of an Alan Shearer-style player. We will work on the training ground to see if they can play together but we think a lot of him."
Ameobi's first goal of the season gave Newcastle the match 1-0 and from 18th place they leapt to 11th, falling back a place on Sunday following Tottenham's win.
LION OF THE WEEKEND - WEEKLY AWARDS
James Beattie 2
Paul Scholes 2
Shola Ameobi 1
David Beckham 1
Jermain Defoe 1
Steve Gerrard 1
Emile Heskey 1
Frank Lampard 1
Michael Owen 1
Wayne Rooney 1
By Joe Bernstein
TheFA.com will announce their Lion of the Weekend every Monday. A Lion of the Season award will be announced in May based on the number of weekly nominations.