Newcastle United’s Sammy Ameobi rues missed chance

NET GAIN ... Manchester United's Jonny Evans (far right) scores an own goal.
NET GAIN ... Manchester United's Jonny Evans (far right) scores an own goal.

SAMMY Ameobi was left to rue the chance that got away at Old Trafford – after the width of a post stopped him making Newcastle United history.

The 20-year-old came off the bench in yesterday’s dramatic 4-3 defeat to Premier League leaders Manchester United.

With the score level at 3-3, Ameobi had the chance to write his name into Geordie folklore by giving the club its first win at the stadium since 1972.

But Ameobi couldn’t get a proper connection on his shot – and, agonisingly for the striker and Newcastle’s travelling fans, it struck David De Gea’s post.

“I just cut in and hit it – I scuffed it a little bit, and it rolled on to the post,” Ameobi told the Gazette.

“I was just hoping it went in, but it didn’t.

“I was anxious to play my part. I got my chance, which I’m grateful for, but we just couldn’t nick a win or a point.”

United manager Alan Pardew, while heartened by the fact his team scored three goals at Old Trafford, was frustrated at the defending for Javier Hernandez’s injury-time winner.

And Ameobi said the players were “devastated” in the dressing room after the game.

“Obviously, we went out and gave our all,” added Ameobi.

“It was unfortunate that towards the end, our defending wasn’t 100 per cent. It was just unfortunate, really.

“Everyone was devastated in the changing room, just as much as all the fans.

“They gave us great support, and it was unfortunate we conceded.

“Obviously, we played great football, and the goals came from good running and good passing into the box.

“But we conceded some bad goals as well.

“Had it not been for that, we could have come away with three points.”