The Magpies slipped to a fifth successive Premier League defeat for the first time when they went down 2-1 to Swansea at St James’ Park on Saturday to heap further pressure on manager Alan Pardew and his players.
They have now lost 12 of the 17 league games they have played since St Stephen’s Day, when they were looking at an assault on the top six rather than scrapping to achieve their target of finishing in the upper half of the table, something which is now far from assured. However, while many fans are in open revolt, Ameobi is adamant unity remains intact inside the four walls of St James’.
Asked if everyone was still together within the camp, He said: “Yes, the dressing room is.
“It’s been tough for us, obviously, but one thing that has remained is that spirit to want to work hard for each other and to fight, to keep on fighting despite the adversity that we have faced in the last few games.
“I thought we showed character there. It was always going to be a tough match — the fans, obviously, were expecting better from us and for the large part, I thought we did that.
“But it’s just again a failure to put teams away and to stop conceding. Essentially we failed again and we lost another game.”
Pardew’s best-laid plans had to be torn up within minutes of kick-off when, after starting with three central defenders and three strikers, he lost two of his front men to injury before half-time.
Referee Chris Foy too failed to make it to the break after being knocked from his feet when Jonjo Shelvey’s early shot ricocheted back off Fabricio Coloccini and hit him full in the face.
He was, however, still in charge when Ameobi brought a welcome end to Newcastle’s goal drought after a depressing six hours and 23 minutes.
The game was deep into injury-time at the end of the first half when Wilfried Bony rose to power home Ben Davies’ corner, and he was to repeat the feat in added time at the end of the game when, after substitute Marvin Emnes had been felled by Cheick Tiote, he nervelessly converted the penalty.
NEWCASTLE: Krul, Anita, Williamson, Coloccini, Dummett, Gosling (Armstrong 81), Tiote, Cisse (Debuchy 21), De Jong (Remy 40), Gouffran, Shola Ameobi.
SWANSEA: Vorm, Rangel, Amat, Williams, Ben Davies, Shelvey, Britton, de Guzman, Hernandez (Emnes 81), Routledge (Bartley 90), Bony.
Referee: Chris Foy (Merseyside).