It was an eventful match for Shola Ameobi on Saturday, as he scored the vital second goal that put Notts County 2-1 up with 20 minutes remaining.
The Kevin Nolan managed side going on to win 3-1 in a vital promotion clash at Colchester United.
However, the home side’s captain Luke Prosser felt that Shola shouldn’t have still been on the pitch to score it.
The result almost guarantees a play-off spot for Notts County and still a small outside chance of automatic promotion – but Prosser says the former Newcastle striker should have been red carded earlier. With Colchester 1-0 up, he believes that Shola Ameobi elbowed him.
Shola’s goal means that he has now reached his second highest total since 2005/06, only the 10 goals in Newcastle’s Championship winning season of 2009/10, beating the six league goals he has got so far this season.
Looking back at his career, it looks as though Shola Ameobi has only ever had a straight red card once, that was in May 2005 when Newcastle lost 2-0 at Everton. However, he has had two other red cards, at Liverpool in the Premier League and Brighton in the FA Cup – though both of those were for picking up two yellows.
If Notts County can get promotion and Shola decides to keep playing, he could be set to play Sunderland in League One next season – return of the Mackem Slayer!
Luke Prosser speaking to the East Anglian Daily Times:
“I went to see the doctor, and have just looked at the incident in the physio room.
“I got an elbow straight in the chest. He (Ameobi) apologised to me after the game, put it that way.
“It is part-and-parcel of football, but obviously it didn’t go our way.
“To be fair, we were having a bit of a tussle before we went into the box and I was looking across when he made a connection with me.
“It looks like he struck out, looking at the video, but that’s not the reason why we lost the game.
“It’s a big decision, but we have still got to defend crosses that are coming in, and you’d always rather there were 11 versus 11 on the pitch, to make it a better game.
“He managed to get the second goal, but we have still got to defend that.
“Albeit on another day he would not have been on the pitch, but we have still got to defend better than what we did do.
(Asked about taking out revenge) “Shola Ameobi is a lot bigger than me and you have to pick your battles!
“And it’s fine now, though on another day, he shouldn’t have still been on the pitch, maybe.
“Notts County have their game-plan, and they don’t change their style of play.
“We knew that they were going to have the long balls going into the big striker.”