Sam on Oba’s Brilliant Brace for Nigeria VIDEO

Sam Allardyce has talked this afternoon about his exciting Nigerian striker Oba Martins.

Sam is hoping Martins’ brilliant brace for Nigeria will increase the confidence of the Newcastle striker, going into Monday’s clash with Spurs.


Oba Martins – 2 cracking goals for Nigeria against Mexico

Martins’ first was a cracking left-foot volley from a narrow angle to put Nigeria ahead before doubling their advantage after the break with a well-taken right-footed finish from just inside the area.

Oba is an exciting player to watch who can explode with a shot from either foot at any time. His 2 goals for Nigeria against Mexico were superb. Here’s the video of the goals that we had in another article recently, if you haven’t seen them yet.

Mexico 2 Nigeria 2 – Goals Video

Big Sam seems confident that Newcastle United will reap the rewards of these goals as Martins looks to add to his current tally of 4, during the game against Tottenham on Monday evening.

Sam talked to the Newcastle Evening Chronicle today and said:

“It was great to see Oba score two goals in Mexico,” “Obviously the long trip to Central America was my main concern for him.”

“He will be delighted to get two goals, but after trailing all of the way to Mexico and back I’m just glad he didn’t have a game in midweek and it was over by the weekend.”

“Scoring two will give him a lot of confidence because he missed a couple in recent games.”

“Hopefully it will help him to improve that area of his game and his ratio of chances and goals increases.”

Not sure which small forward will start on Monday night, but probably Owen will start up front with Mark Viduka, who is fit again. Oba’s probably the in-form striker right now – those goals were just great.

And he’s learning all the time since that second goal was just like the one he missed after 3 minutes against Everton.  But he put that one away beautifully for his country. Well done Oba – now for Monday night 😀

Comments welcome.

16 comments so far

  • Bill f

    Oct 18, 2007 at 7:35 PM

    Comment #1

    Not quite footy but last night a fellow blogger said to me as a football nation we are screwed. Actually with Gordon in charge as a nation we are screwed. He is just about to sign away any rights we have as an independent nation today and no referendum.

    Sorry but I feel quite strongly about the issue, I’ll shut up now.

  • Jóhann

    Oct 18, 2007 at 8:00 PM

    Comment #2

    I would not start Oba. When he scores goals in some games then we can safely say he won´t score in the game after. I just have that feeling with him!

  • HÃ¥vard

    Oct 18, 2007 at 8:18 PM

    Comment #3

    Hey Oba Martins is to good too not play on monday,he is a world class player.

  • Tripp

    Oct 18, 2007 at 8:40 PM

    Comment #4

    Billf, what are you referring to (pardon, I’m a Yank)?

    Good to see Oba scoring goals. More please!

  • Bill f

    Oct 18, 2007 at 9:03 PM

    Comment #5

    It,s the European Union, the country is going to surrender most of our rights as a nation to the parliament in Brussels. We are supposed to have a referendum but Gordon Brown our newly non elected Prime Minister is going to renege on this agreement. It’s quite a complex but I think thats the gist of it in a nutshell. It’s a bit like just chucking your Bill of rights out of the window without a bye your leave.

  • Tom from Aus

    Oct 18, 2007 at 10:10 PM

    Comment #6

    Did u hear that paul robinson will not be playing on monday

  • ToonKing

    Oct 18, 2007 at 10:16 PM

    Comment #7

    Yep just read it on SkySports, but i don’t know if that is a good thing or a bad one …………….

  • Tripp

    Oct 18, 2007 at 10:40 PM

    Comment #8

    Bill, beg your pardon, but you have no idea what bad leadership is. We’ve endured 7 of the worst. We’ve had a bad crop of them lately. Biggest pack of tossers to grace the planet with their presence. Did the Dutch and French ratify? They didn’t the last time around as I recall.

  • Tripp

    Oct 18, 2007 at 10:41 PM

    Comment #9

    7 of the worst years in our history, that is.

  • leo

    Oct 19, 2007 at 12:02 AM

    Comment #10

    wtf, this is a football forum, keep it light

  • Bill f

    Oct 19, 2007 at 12:19 AM

    Comment #11

    Sorry Leo, but this is our future. Tripp you are right your best leader was robbed of his rightfull place as president . Do I need to spell it out.

    I believe you are right about the Dutch and French but I think they too are going to sellout now.

    As for Oba he should get a hatfull on Saturday.

  • leo

    Oct 19, 2007 at 12:21 AM

    Comment #12

    no worries bill you dont need to answer to me. lol.

    what will it mean for us as a nation? im not at all interested in politics

  • Bill f

    Oct 19, 2007 at 12:41 AM

    Comment #13

    There are going to be massive changes affecting us all. New rules and regulations are being made on a daily basis very few actually understand but we are going to have to live by. Worst case scenario think of George Orwells 1984. Or is that best case. It will be beaurocracy gone mad. I’m not an expert either but I know it is bad news.

    And Robinson aint playing which is also bad news for us.

  • adam

    Oct 19, 2007 at 1:41 AM

    Comment #14

    robinson not playing is the best thing that couldve happened to tottenham. he is by far the worst and most over rated goalkeeper in the world, and will eventually go down as a joke. england have to go with david james or ben foster or steve harper! oba is class. shola has to start performing

  • Jinal

    Oct 19, 2007 at 5:15 AM

    Comment #15

    Obafemi Martins..

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

  • Keep Oba

    Oct 19, 2007 at 5:58 AM

    Comment #16

    Newcastle needs Oba…not just now, but for years to come. Viduka is pretty good but hes only got a little bit of time left, Owen is great, but is always one stride away from catastrophic injury. Oba is young…make all the jokes you want about his age but hes probably 22 and has almost a decade of top flight status left in him. He has all the speed you could want and certainly a powerful shot. Over time he will develop more patience and better touches. Drogba scored more goals than anyone last year but it took him until he was 29 to do so. I hope to be cheering Oba on for many years to come for the Toon.


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