Shola Ameobi

By Dan King - Newcastle United Club Reporter

Shola Ameobi got his seventh career goal against Sunderland on Sunday to give Newcastle a share of the derby day spoils and admitted it was a dream for any Magpies fan to score against the old enemy.

He has scored more times against the Black Cats than anybody else and having grown up on Tyneside, he knows exactly what a happy knack that is to have.

After Nicklas Bendtner had given Sunderland the lead from the spot, United needed a goal but even after Stephane Sessegnon was sent off, they struggled to break through against the massed ranks of red and white defenders.

Even when Ameobi won an 83rd minute penalty, Demba Ba's effort was saved - but then the 30-year-old converted Mike Williamson's knock-down at the far post in stoppage time.

Speaking to nufcTV afterwards, he said: "It's just awesome. Every single time, when you score a goal as a striker it's always a nice feeling but to do it against your fiercest rivals when the game is really on the line is just magnificent.

"And in front of the Gallowgate end again - it's just a dream. For a supporter of Newcastle to score like that and to rescue a point is fantastic."

Only the great Jackie Milburn has scored more Tyne-Wear goals for the Magpies than Ameobi, but he said: "I know I'm nowhere near and shouldn't even be mentioned in the same breath as the likes of Jackie Milburn but it's fantastic for me, for the team and for the fans also.

"To be able to score against them on a consistent basis is a dream. It's the game you look forward to all season and it was great to come off the bench and get a goal.

"I think there's a sense of relief. The first half wasn't great for us - they edged it, they were the better side and looked more confident - but in the second half, even before Sessegnon got sent off, going down towards the Gallowgate end seems to bring out the best in us and I thought we created a lot of chances.

"I thought they were hanging on in the end a little bit. Even after the goal we had chances to win the game."