Newcastle Blue Star (a) Reserve friendly
43 mins Ameobi shot 1-0
Fresh from netting another brace to go with
the pair at Gateshead a week before, Shola said:
“For me it is all about match fitness and getting back into contention.
“Goals are important for my confidence, but I am just happy to be back out there.”
“It is the first time I haven’t felt it (the hip problem) now.
“It has been a long road and I am finally over that now and I can just look forward to playing for Newcastle.
“I was happy to get through unscathed again and now I am ready for Aston Villa.”
“Blue Star equipped themselves very well and they were hard to break down.
“I didn’t think it would be as tough as it was, but it just shows you it is a big game for these lads.
“They did themselves proud and good luck to them for the new season.”
After the game Owen commented about the injury that restricted his pre-season
“The injury was just a little nick in my thigh and it came after a long day of running and everything else.
“You always get excited in pre-season and start smacking balls everywhere, and I probably just hit one ball too many and felt my muscle get tired.
“The next day I felt a little bit sore and it was very frustrating.
“I have been working hard in the gym as ever and it was frustrating because I wanted to play in the first game of the season at Bolton.
“I am pleased that we took the decision not to play, as after last season we didn’t want to risk it, but I am also pleased that I have only missed one game.
“I was hoping to be available for Bolton and did train Thursday and Friday last week.
“I have been in training for five or six days now and it is up to the manager.
“I will train this week and hopefully be available for Saturday.”
Ahead of their first Unibond League campaign, Newcastle Blue Star received
something of a boost on Monday as 3,600 fans rolled along to witness their
first-ever fixture at Kingston Park.