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Shola Ameobi delighted with goalscoring debut for Bolton Wanderers

26 October 2015

He only signed for the club on Friday, but was on the scoresheet by Saturday - and Shola Ameobi was delighted with the start he made as a Bolton Wanderers player.

The Nigerian international joined Wanderers on a short-term deal after enjoying a positive trial at the club.

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He was named on the bench for Saturday’s Sky Bet Championship clash with Leeds United but was in the action after only 12 minutes, when he replaced Gary Madine.

By the 32nd minute he was on the scoresheet, and Bolton took a point despite being reduced to 10 men, as Mirco Antenucci levelled for the visitors in the second half.

“Playing with 10 men changes a game and it affects the ascendancy of the game,” he told bwfc.co.uk. “When you lose a man, you have to switch your mentality and stick together as a team.

“I feel that we did that very well. It’s easy to fold in these kinds of situations, but we didn’t and that will stand us in good stead.”

The 34-year-old front man has spent the majority of his career in the North East with Newcastle United, but was most recently with Crystal Palace in the Premier League.

Now he’s at Bolton, who are rooted to the foot of the Sky Bet Championship with nine points from 13 matches - but he is upbeat; confident of his own abilities as well as the team’s.

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“We continued to fight and push forward [against Leeds] and there is quality in the team. We certainly feel that sooner or later, we’ll start to win games and do it consistently to help us climb up that table.

“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.”

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