Pardew thrilled with contribution of Newcastle match-winner Ameobi

Shola Ameobi was the man for Newcastle United as they progressed to the Europa League Round of 16.

Shola Ameobi was the man for Newcastle United as they progressed to the Europa League Round of 16.

The 31-year old striker tucked away a 64th-minute penalty as the Toon beat Metalist Kharkiv 1-0 on aggregate over the two legs and manager Alan Pardew was delighted with his involvement in the second leg in Ukraine.

"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," Pardew said.

"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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