Oba Martins talked today about the game last night and he is very disappointed for the Newcastle fans.
Oba believes it’s a game Newcastle could have still won and admits he did miss a few chances. But he comes across with great honesty and he is now concentrating on the next game at Manchester on Saturday.
We need Oba operating at his very best – because we know he can get the job done in Owen’s absence.
Oba Martins - ready to produce on Saturday
Martins said today:
â€œI feel really, really sorry for our fans.â€ â€œIt was disappointing for all of us, but especially me after having some good chances.â€â€œThe fans wanted us to win this cup and they were really good for us last night. They tried everything to help us to win, but we couldnâ€™t do it for them.â€ â€œLast night is very disappointing for them, especially as we had a lot of good chances to score and change the game.â€
â€œWe did our very best, but we just couldnâ€™t do it on the night.â€ â€œWe wanted to go far in this cup and we felt we could beat Arsenal, but it wasnâ€™t to be and I feel very sad today.â€
Martins had his first chance from a great Jose Enriqueâ€™s cross was headed goalwards powerfully by the Nigerian but debutant Arsenal keeper Lukasz Fabianski made a wonderful save. Quite a start for the Polish goalkeeper.
Then Martins had a half chance which he blazed over the crossbar when a little composure surely would have produced a goal. Then in the second half within 30 seconds of the first Arsenal goal he brilliantly rounded the keeper on the left hand side, steadied himself and pushed the ball towards goal – but amazingly Senderos got back to clear off the line. With this particular chance Oba didn’t do much wrong at all – but maybe he should have put his foot throught the ball more. But he will score more of these than he will miss and his great ability is in the speed of mind and foot. At times last night he was just too quick for Senderos who we thought may have been Arsenal’s achilles heel.
â€œI feel very unlucky.â€ â€œWith my first chance, the keeper had to pull off a good save.â€ â€œYou have to try to forget it when you miss, though.â€ â€œI had a second chance to score, but for me, the chance after Arsenal had scored upset me most.â€â€œI heard the fans celebrating and I really thought the ball was going in.â€
Martins is going to be a very important player for us in the next few weeks as he will play in every game. We just hope that he doesn’t dwell on those misses too much but we are very impressed with his truthfulness in this interview â€“ he doesn’t duck having missed the chances. That must be good because we know he’s a good player and he can score goals. But we’re sure that Sam will have Oba and the rest of the squad ready for Saturday. It’s clear we need the 3 points and it’s very possible we can get the job done â€“ especially if we can get one of Oba’s betterÂ performances.
â€œAs a striker I have to accept it wasnâ€™t my day, it was hard luck.â€ â€œAfter the game I thought â€˜Oh my godâ€™ but I have to recover.â€ â€œItâ€™s over now, so I have to focus on the next game against Manchester City.â€
Well said Oba â€“ but always remember the fans are behind you – and want you to succeed. Because if you succeed Newcastle United succeed and our fans our back in Newcastle’s very rosy gardenÂ Â
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