Sam Expresses Full Confidence in Oba Martins


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.

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Oba Martins – can become a great goalscorer

Sam said today:

“Obviously what happened at the Emirates Stadium on Tuesday night was disappointing.”“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.”

“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.”

“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.” “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 rounded  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 – 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 – but we are expecting a very good display – and hopefully all 3 points against a very good City side.

Comments welcome.



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20 comments so far

  • ToonPipes

    Sep 27, 2007 at 5:54 PM

    Comment #1

    GAN ON OBA SOMERSAULT SPIN KING GAN NACK THE MANCS

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  • carl

    Sep 27, 2007 at 6:14 PM

    Comment #2

    we all know what oba can produce, and hes only young. he thrives on confidence does our oba and to be honest im looking forward to having him in our starting line up. as once he scores their will be no stopping him.i say 2 -1 at the weekend to us. we are due an away victory

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  • ToonPipes

    Sep 27, 2007 at 6:27 PM

    Comment #3

    LOADS MORE FUN WATCHIN OBA THAN BORING OWEN .. DITCH OWEN LONG LIVE OBA KING

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  • Hammy

    Sep 27, 2007 at 7:06 PM

    Comment #4

    As long as Shola Omygod isn’t paired with Oba we’ll do O.K.
    The Duke is smart enough to be able to play Martins in, he just needs a bit more confidence in front of goal, Owen has missed a few sitters in his time so Martins wouldn’t be the first or last striker to do so.
    COME ON OBA!!!!!

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  • Hammy

    Sep 27, 2007 at 8:06 PM

    Comment #5

    Is everyone having the night off or what…..

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  • JoshI

    Sep 27, 2007 at 8:12 PM

    Comment #6

    Hammy – I know what you mean it seems to have been fairly quiet on stories in the last couple of weeks. A month ago the comments were flocking in, that only happens on match days now 🙁

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  • leo

    Sep 27, 2007 at 8:17 PM

    Comment #7

    oba is much better than owen, in many ways, he is much more entertaining, he puts his heart into the game , is younger… supposedly, and has more quality. i rest my case, sell owen, he is boring me, too much in the press about him, he is not the whole club, only a player who seems to take all the limelight

    anyone agree?

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  • phoonck

    Sep 27, 2007 at 9:11 PM

    Comment #8

    we should give Martins more time. i think he made a mistake by scoring too many goals last season, so this season everyone expects too much from him! hahaa.. he’s still young so he’s still learning to be a very potent striker. yes, he might have missed sitters, but which strikers don’t? Shearer did, Owen did, Shevchenko did, Henry did.. so many of them! i still remember, 2seasons ago, Arsenal vs Chelsea, Henry was got infront of Cudicini, but Henry missed the ball and it went through his legs! so those who were so critical of Martins were too quick to judge! come on, ‘rustiness’, form and confidence are all part and parcel of the game.

    BSA is right, Martins made those chances himself, especially the 2 he missed against West Ham and Arsenal. He’s the kind of player who can turn a game around by himself. some people commented he didn’t have the first touch, he didn’t have the composure, he didn’t have the vision.. come on, if he who was already equipped with incredible abilities such as pace, strength, power, heading, both feet-able, acceleration, dribbling and ball control etc, also going to have those of you who expect him to have(as i’ve mentioned, first touch, composure and vision etc), he would have cost much more than £10m! maybe he wouldn’t even be playing for us! Wake up!

    BSA, i believe you can make it at Newcastle. Howay the Lads!

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  • Toon Chicken

    Sep 27, 2007 at 9:31 PM

    Comment #9

    leo – no!

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  • leo

    Sep 27, 2007 at 9:37 PM

    Comment #10

    no??? not much of an arguement, im kiddin with ya, tbh i am just sick of all of the news with him in it…

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  • Toon Chicken

    Sep 27, 2007 at 9:50 PM

    Comment #11

    I love them both, Leo.

    And I also think it’s a shame they haven’t had the chance to play together yet.

    However, th truth of the matter is, that WHEN Owen is fit, he is one of the best strikers on the planet – there aren’t many mortals on this Earth who can match his goalscoring record. It’s that word “when” though – he just doesn’t stay fit for long enough, and that’s what so frustrating.

    Oba is great, and he can only get better. But without Michael Owen in the team we won’t win as many matches as we would with him, because Oba just doesn’t score as many goals. Now hopefully that will change over time, and maybe he will eventually become an even better striker than Owen. But until that day comes we should thank our lucky stars that we Michael Owen to call on, WHEN he is fit.

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  • Toon Chicken

    Sep 27, 2007 at 9:50 PM

    Comment #12

    I love them both, Leo.

    And I also think it’s a shame they haven’t had the chance to play together yet.

    However, th truth of the matter is, that WHEN Owen is fit, he is one of the best strikers on the planet – there aren’t many mortals on this Earth who can match his goalscoring record. It’s that word “when” though – he just doesn’t stay fit for long enough, and that’s what so frustrating.

    Oba is great, and he can only get better. But without Michael Owen in the team we won’t win as many matches as we would with him, because Oba just doesn’t score as many goals. Now hopefully that will change over time, and maybe he will eventually become an even better striker than Owen. But until that day comes we should thank our lucky stars that we have Michael Owen to call on, WHEN he is fit.

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  • ToonKing

    Sep 27, 2007 at 10:23 PM

    Comment #13

    Well sad Toon Chicken.

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  • Toon Chicken

    Sep 27, 2007 at 10:37 PM

    Comment #14

    ToonKing. I’m hoping you meant well said, and not well sad? 😉

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  • ToonKing

    Sep 27, 2007 at 10:57 PM

    Comment #15

    ops sorry 🙂 i meant WELL SAID 😉

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  • perry

    Sep 28, 2007 at 1:46 AM

    Comment #16

    Yeah, give Martin the chance he deserved. He.. Anyway, i like his somersault.

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  • Tripp

    Sep 28, 2007 at 3:25 AM

    Comment #17

    It’d be great to see the two together on the pitch. How ’bout a 4-1-2-1-2 with Owen, Oba, and Viduka in a triangle. Smith could come on as a sub if needed. Yes, no, bollocks?

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  • andyc290

    Sep 28, 2007 at 7:34 AM

    Comment #18

    Owen is currently the better of the two strikers but Martins has the potential to become better, at the moment Allardyce has got it right as Owen is first choice but what a replacement Martins is! I would definatly play them together when Viduka is out, pairing someone with Ameobi just isnt fair on them, we’d be better off playin an extra midfielder.

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  • ToonKing

    Sep 28, 2007 at 10:58 AM

    Comment #19

    Oba-Obafemi,
    Oba-Obafemi,
    Oba-Obafemi,
    Obafemi Martins..

    21 or 28,
    21 or 28,
    21 or 28,
    Obafemi Martins..

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  • ToonPipes

    Sep 28, 2007 at 1:07 PM

    Comment #20

    Toonchicken .. shhhhhhhhhadap .. OBA is KING and Owen can come and run around infront of you falling over and hurting himself everytime for yr pleasure … I would prefer to sell Owen and focus on bringing Martins on now as the NO 1 striker .. i dont think Owen will play more than 15 games this season ..

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