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Newcastle boss Hughton delighted for Shola Ameobi

Shola Ameobi
Ameobi powered home his 64th career goal with the winner at Chelsea

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Newcastle United manager Chris Hughton has hailed match-winner Shola Ameobi after the thrilling 4-3 Carling Cup victory at Chelsea on Wednesday.

Ameobi, 28, made his Magpies debut at Stamford Bridge 10 years previous, and marked his return with a brace to see the club into the fourth round.

"That's the quality he has got," Hughton told BBC Newcastle.

"His career has gone through ups and downs, but he's had injuries. He's a very popular player at the club."

Hughton added: "We're always delighted to have him."

Newcastle showed their mettle on the night, bouncing back from an early goal by former loanee Patrick van Aarnholt to storm into a 3-1 lead.

They then overcame the heartbreak of Nicolas Anelka's late equaliser to nick the tie themselves through Ameobi's last-gasp header.

The result showed encouraging signs for Hughton, who has seen his side enjoy such highs as the wins against Aston Villa and Everton, countered by a shock home defeat by Blackpool.

"There are so many positives we can get from the performances. [There are] Some negatives in the goals they scored but it's difficult to harp on the negatives," Hughton added.

"We had a tremendous result at Everton but the weekend before that we didn't.

"This is a cup game in which we made changes, to come to the quality of this club, with the players they have got and win has made this changing room a very happy place.

"They are a side that is top of the division, has scored goals for fun, and to go through the game without expecting to concede is a tall order, we said that at half time.

"We knew we needed to get the third goal, but we didn't think we'd need the fourth as well."



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