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Shola Ameobi says he is used to relegation fights in his career so is ready for Fleetwood

5 years ago

Shola Ameobi says he is looking forward to the challenge at Fleetwood as he’s been used to having relegation fights throughout his career.

The striker has left a relegation fight with Bolton in League One, for another in League One with Fleetwood Town.

On Saturday Shola made his debut and helped them to a 0-0 draw at Port Vale, former United keeper Jak Alnwick keeping a clean sheet for Port Vale.

However, that point was enough to lift Fleetwood one place above the relegation zone for the time being.

Shola Ameobi of course was part of the Newcastle first team squad relegated in 2008/09.

Under Mike Ashley he became used to the odd near miss with 2012/13 seeing United staying up on the day of the final away match at QPR.

Shola Ameobi:

“It’s going to take time to get to know how everyone’s playing and certainly over the next couple of weeks, when I get match-fit, there’s a lot for us to work with. I’m excited just to be playing.

“I just want to keep working hard and hopefully add to the quality we need to help us get up the table.

“I’ve had it (relegation fights) all through my career and it’s nothing new to me. I’ve always been one to love a battle and that’s going to be the case for us.

“But I think we’ve got a lot of quality in there and if we can show the right mentality at certain times in games, we can definitely go up the table.

“There are going to be tough times in games and sometimes with a young squad it’s hard to know when to calm the game down.

“Those are the things we have to work on. As a senior player I’m going to have to help the squad and support them.

“But we had the fight (on Saturday v Port Vale), we had the belief and that’s a good starting point.

“I’ve got to make sure my game is where it’s supposed to be but also help the lads around me, especially the young lads.

“I had that when I was a young player and it’s invaluable to gain experience from older pros.

“Hopefully I can lend my sixpence worth, my little bit of experience that I’ve gained and help them along the way.”


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