Shola Ameobi points finger of blame at Newcastle player for defeat to Wolves
Shola Ameobi thought that Newcastle United (edged) the first half against Wolves.
After a poor start, the former NUFC striker thought conceding the goal on 17 minutes woke his old side up and were the better team after that before the break.
Shola Ameobi saying that he was ‘quite confident’ Rafa’s team could then go on to win it when they emerged for the second half.
However, he points the finger of blame at DeAndre Yedlin for the game ending in defeat.
Ameobi not so much blaming the defender for making a mistake and losing the ball but for the fact that he then ‘compounded’ that mistake by getting sent off when grabbing his opponent.
Talking on Sky Sports, the former NUFC player says that with 11 men on the pitch, Newcastle could have had every chance of getting a positive result still, even if Jota had gone on and scored.
However, as for the other controversial incident, Shola Ameobi has no doubt that it was Newcastle who were hard done by.
Saying it was ‘definitely a foul’ when Ayoze Perez was elbowed, which would have equalled a penalty at 1-1 and almost certainly a red card for Boly.
Shola Ameobi talking on Sky Sports:
“I said at half time that I thought we (Newcastle) edged it.
“Once we conceded the first goal we upped it a little and really took the game to Wolves, the fact that we equalised was only fair in terms of the game.
“I was quite confident going into the second half that we could take the game to Wolves and then the Yedlin thing happens.
“When they came out after half-time we had wondered why Yedlin was playing right side of a three when you’ve got Paul Dummett on the bench, who is the obvious choice to come in there.
“Obviously Yedlin has made a bad error but he has then compounded it with another error – that has cost Newcastle in the end.
“You look at what he has done.
“Yedlin tried to get back and he’s pulled him back.
“You can argue, is it a red card? It might well be.
“You can see Jamaal Lascelles covering back there but I think he might get his shot off before Lascelles gets there, so you can understand why the ref does what he does.
“It’s the fact that he (Yedlin) has made the bad judgement and then compounded it by getting sent off. That’s two things he’s done there.
“If you have 11 players on the pitch and maybe Wolves score, then at least we can respond like we did in the first half.”
Ayoze Perez elbowed:
“It is definitely a foul.
“I have broken a couple of cheekbones with challenges like that, so it is very dangerous what he has done there.
“It is not natural movement for me.
“He (Boly) has gone up for the ball but there’s no reason for him to really swing his arm back.
“So for me that was definitely a foul and you can argue it’s probably a red card as well.”
Stats from BBC Sport:
Newcastle 1 Wolves 2
Newcastle: Perez 23 (Yedlin red card 57)
Wolves: Jota 17, Doherty 90+4
Possession was Wolves 49% Newcastle 51%
Total shots were Wolves 13 Newcastle 12
Shots on target were Wolves 6 Newcastle 4
Corners were Wolves 6 Newcastle 4
Referee: Mike Dean
Dubravka, Yedlin, Lascelles, Fernandez (Manquillo 46), Clark, Ritchie, Diame, Ki, Atsu (Kenedy 89), Rondon (Joselu 86), Perez
Woodman, Longstaff, Muto, Dummett
Crowd: 50,223 (Wolves 3,000)
(Read the instant NUFC fan/writer reaction to the defeat HERE)
(Read the NUFC player match ratings HERE)
(Nuno Espirito Santo verdict HERE)
(Wolves pundit admits on Sky Sports that Newcastle were cheated – Read HERE)
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