Ameobi - A mad week

Magpies goalscorer did not expect to be involved

Shola Ameobi: Newcastle striker came off the bench to score a late equaliser against Sunderland

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Shola Ameobi admits it was a 'fantastic feeling' to earn Newcastle United a 1-1 draw with Sunderland after not expecting to be involved in the game.

The striker came off the bench to squeeze home a shot in stoppage-time for his seventh goal in 12 appearances in a Tyne-Wear derby.

He had also earned the Magpies a penalty, which was missed by Demba Ba, and was labelled a 'legend' after the game by manager Alan Pardew.

However, after struggling with illness in the build-up to the St James' Park encounter, Ameobi was just happy to make a contribution.

Fantastic

"It has been a mad week," Ameobi told ESPN. "I have had the flu and didn't expect to be involved today.

"It is just one of those games I tend to score in. It is such a fantastic feeling for me, the fans and the club.

"They made it tough for us but I managed to come off the bench and grab a goal.

"When you come on, you want to be on the scoresheet. I have started a lot of games against Sunderland so it's a new experience for me but the manager said to me 'Go and get a goal' and I duly obliged."

Ba admitted a late change of heart contributed to his penalty miss after Nicklas Bendtner's first-half spot-kick had given Sunderland the lead.

"The keeper saved it brilliantly but I changed my mind at the last moment which you shouldn't do when you are about to take a penalty," the Senegal striker said.

"Thanks to Shola the club can be happy."