Sam expressed confidence in his only fit small striker, Oba Martins, today.
Even though the Nigerian has recently missed 4 good chances in the last two Newcastle games, Sam doesn’t appear concerned.
With Michael Owen out for a few weeks the pressure falls on young Oba to produce, and Sam fully expects Martins to be able to get the job done.
Oba Martins – can become a great goalscorer
Sam said today:
“Obviously what happened at the Emirates Stadium on Tuesday night was disappointing.â€“Oba was disappointed – and I was disappointed for him – but chances come and go and strikers score some and miss some, and at least he was there to miss them.â€
“But what Oba cannot do is let this get him down. I told him he did great getting the ball past the keeper at Arsenal just after they scored, but then he didn’t hit it hard enough and the defender got his shot off the line.â€
“It was a shame for us and a pity for him because, for the next couple of days, he is going to think it was all his fault.â€ “But he cannot do that. This is a team game and we are all in this together.”
Not hard to see why players love playing for Sam Allardyce. Sam’s right that at least two of the four chances Oba missed in the last couple of games he made himself. Against West Ham Oba unnerved the hesitant Matthew Upson, and then streaked away from him and easily roundedÂ goalkeeper Green but then badly missed what he had made into an easy chance. Oba did the same thing against Arsenal when he brilliantly rounded the goalkeeper and almost finished it off â€“ and was a little unlucky with that particular effort.
But Oba may be ready to explode against Manchester City on Saturday. We think Oba will be ready to give his all on Saturday with all the confidence that’s been shown in him by Sam, his fellow players and the fans. Oba’s never really lacked confidence and it seems he just loves playing for Big Sam.
We’ll see how Oba and the team do on Saturday â€“ but we are expecting a very good display â€“ and hopefully all 3 points against a very good City side.