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Newcastle boss Pardew admits putting rocket up matchwinner Ameobi

Newcastle United boss Alan Pardew admits having a pop at matchwinner Shola Ameobi before last night's Europa League triumph at Metalist Kharkiv.

Ameobi hit his 15th goal in European competition to send the Toon into the next round.

Pardew said: "I had a little quiet word with Shola before the game because, in the last few weeks, I thought his contribution could have been greater.

"But he's shown tonight what quality he has. Against this team, I always thought he might influence the game. He did that all night really and it bodes well moving forward."

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