Newcastle boss Pardew full of praise for matchwinner Ameobi

Newcastle United boss Alan Pardew was delighted with matchwinner Shola Ameobi after victory over QPR.

Newcastle United boss Alan Pardew was delighted with matchwinner Shola Ameobi after victory over QPR.

Pardew hailed Ameobi after seeing the striker come off the bench to fire his side to a much-needed victory.

The 31-year struck nine minutes from time to claim just the Magpies' second Barclays Premier League win in eight attempts with the game seemingly heading for stalemate.

Pardew said: "I know the crowd weren't particularly pleased when I took Cisse, a goalscorer, off but I just felt Shola, he's a big man and this was a big occasion and he likes big occasions.

"It said QPR on the programme but really it was bigger than that, I think we all knew that and he has that calm head - he knows what is demanded here - to produce a quality goal, and it won us the game.

"I wanted to get Shola on the pitch, and thank goodness I did because it was a really class finish.

"He could have taken the shot with his right foot, which is his stronger foot, but to have that composure in that area is first-class."

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