Ex-Newcastle striker Shola Ameobi makes vow after scoring first goal in English football in 17 months

Shola Ameobi
Shola Ameobi

As Newcastle United's goal drought against Sunderland continued, former derby hero Shola Ameobi was reflecting on a remarkable debut for Bolton Wanderers.

Only Jackie Milburn has scored more Tyne-Wear derby goals for United than Ameobi, who left the club last year.

Newcastle, beaten 3-0 by Sam Allardyce's side at the Stadium of Light yesterday, has gone 303 minutes without a goal against Sunderland, who have won the last six derbies.

Ameobi – dubbed the "Mackem Slayer" during his time at St James's Park – started the season without a club after being released by Crystal Palace at the end of last season.

The 34-year-old signed a short-term deal at Bolton last week, and he made his debut against Leeds United as a 12th-minute substitute.

Ameobi scored 12 minutes into his career at the Championship club.

Reflecting on his debut, Ameobi said: “I didn’t expect to play as many minutes as I did having not played a game in a while, but I was delighted to be able to contribute to the team.

“Making your debut, you’re really excited anyway – you want to get on the pitch and I was no different. I was really delighted to be able to play my part in the game and ultimately help us get a point today.

“It’s always great when you go somewhere new and get that kind of reaction that I did from the fans. I am really excited to be here and it’s an opportunity for me to continue to show what I’m capable of.

“Bolton have been kind enough to accept my services and I’m really indebted to them for that – I want to repay them and hopefully I can do that.

“As a striker, goals breed confidence and it’s a great start for me. I’m not going to rest on that – I’m here to score goals and hopefully provide them too during my time here.”

Bolton manager Neil Lennon added: "I thought he was brilliant.

"It raised eyebrows when we brought him in, but he's definitely a handful and his all-round play was very good."

Ameobi's last goal in English football had come against Cardiff City at St James's Park in May last year.