Oba and James Delighted with Goals

James Milner and Oba Martins, two of our three goalscorers last night against Tottenham, were interviewed on Setanta Sports literally just minutes after the game ended last night.

They had obviously been hustled quickly up to the interview room, and were still sweating profusely from their efforts on the night.

Let’s see what the two youngsters had to say.


What a picture – Oba delighted with Milner after his terrific goal for Newcastle

James told the interviewer:

“It was another good performance at home.”

“Tottenham are a tough team with a lot of good players and we hope to get into the winning habit now. It’s about riding out the poor performances and getting results.”

“It’s nice for me to get off the mark.” “It was a bit of a shank, the first one, but it was nice to get it.”  “Everyone expected the first shot to go somewhere but it didn’t, so it was a case of reacting.”

Then Martins was asked how he felt after the game and Oba said:

“It was very important because we really needed the three points. We tried to dominate the game so I’m very happy.”

When then asked about his goal, Martins said:

“It’s okay. It’s good. I’m happy. The important thing is the three points.”

Oba seemed almost embarrassed about this goal 😀 but he has taken the friendly competition with Michael Owen like a duck to water. It’s very noticeable that Sam has already had a positive influence on the young Nigerian, as Oba talks about the team rather than himself.

Oba is showing great maturity as a team player and is starting to look very good playing under Big Sam. He is also getting better and better and now is leading scorer with 5 goals to his credit after getting 17 in his very first season last year.

And we just know there’s a lot more to come this season. It’s also nice to see James get off the mark too – and what a great left foot volley. That’s 5 great goals James has scored for Newcastle in the last year or so, and every one has been a stunner.

Comments welcome.

17 comments so far

  • SuperShearer

    Oct 23, 2007 at 11:03 AM

    Comment #1

    Great to see these two youngsters playing so well and also looking like they are enjoying it. I have to admit that for a while I was worried that Sam liked to play older more experienced players, and so the likes of Oba and James would play second fiddle, but thankfully I was wrong. It was good to see Milner happy to start from the bench and when he came on made a real difference, he was a different kind of threat to another young hotshot Zig Zog. Sam says that we suffered slightly as there was no big man up front, I disagree. I think part of the reason we threatened their defence so much was due to the fact that they were probably expecting long ball tactics and that didn’t happen, instead they had to deal with the Lightening Brothers, Owen and Martins. Great result, but from what I saw I think that Tottenham were poor, we will need to continue to improve against the likes of Utd, and Liverpool, but here’s hoping.

  • Graeme

    Oct 23, 2007 at 11:05 AM

    Comment #2

    Martins is a world class striker in the making, Owen already is one. We need a new “Shearer” type player for them to play off as Duke wont be around for more than 2 seasons or so.

    I would love to see a player of the calibre of Eto’o or similar at the toon – really give the place a buzz. What do people think of us being linked earlier with Baptista???

  • leo

    Oct 23, 2007 at 11:11 AM

    Comment #3

    baptista would be good, but i really think that berba geordie would be the best player to get, eto’o is a bit unrealistic at this stage

    why did martins kick the advertisment hordings after scoring?

    reminded me of temuri ketsbia

  • indian toon

    Oct 23, 2007 at 11:21 AM

    Comment #4
  • Macas

    Oct 23, 2007 at 11:37 AM

    Comment #5

    Personally I thought Martins was dreadful last night, no intelligence at all in his play

  • Tom from Aus

    Oct 23, 2007 at 11:38 AM

    Comment #6

    graeme i think that a player like farfan could do the job.
    I also think we should try and get crespo. Inter dont need him because they have adriano and zlatan so maybe he could be the big player newcastle need. If we are looking for a mid we could buy juninho. Lyon arent playing well at the moment and the moral looks low. it would be a great buy
    If we are looking for a younger player i think we should buy lulinha. He is 17 and a brazilian who plays for corthinians. i think he is a attacking mid? (not sure). he is a great play maker.

  • steve

    Oct 23, 2007 at 12:01 PM

    Comment #7

    @macas – martins job is to score goals which he did – he is not a back to goal striker, personally I thought he played well as did Owen especially as they weren’t geting decent balls from midfield.
    Hopefully Barton will be the box to box midfielder that can help support martin / owen and therefore stop this long ball approach we played in the first half – theres obviously a time for long ball just not all the time

  • Macas

    Oct 23, 2007 at 12:07 PM

    Comment #8

    Steve – while I dont doubt he will always pop up with the odd goal, I just find him to be highly frustrating. While he is useful at this current moment in time I think if the club ever has aspirations to move forward then we need better quality, more complete players, and I dont think Martins will ever develop further than he aleady has.

  • evildick

    Oct 23, 2007 at 12:19 PM

    Comment #9

    i thought martins was intelligent when he scored.

  • Dragoner

    Oct 23, 2007 at 12:44 PM

    Comment #10

    Owen had a great shot that was destined for the bottom right corner but really he should have squared it to martins instead of shooting

  • andyw

    Oct 23, 2007 at 1:21 PM

    Comment #11

    This blog can be weird sometimes. We had a good win last night and still folk are talking about who we need to buy. Can’t we enjoy what we’ve got – just for a little while?

  • John

    Oct 23, 2007 at 1:34 PM

    Comment #12

    Theres always one who has to bring something negative to a 3-1 win for the toon..What more do you want Steve

  • Soren

    Oct 23, 2007 at 2:06 PM

    Comment #13

    Good to see Milner get a game starting on the bench, as he has played so damn many games in a row now. 🙂 Think he is a super player and his commitment is topclass, but Sam knows he needs rests from time to time and don’t get too worn. Also very happy for him to get the first goal of the season, as the press was beginning to question his goalscoring.

  • Hadrian

    Oct 23, 2007 at 2:22 PM

    Comment #14

    i think oba’s made big sam rethink about him .
    thought he never rated the lad when sam first came , but you could see his reaction of late when oba keeps on pulling down those 60 yard balls out of the air , he seems deligted with the lad .
    lets get his contacts tied up .

  • Bill f

    Oct 23, 2007 at 4:26 PM

    Comment #15

    I would put money on Oba getting better, if he hasn’t scored at least 20 by the end of the season (injuries permitting) I will say something nice about the Mackems. In fact if Oba and Owen hav’ntscored 40 between them I will say something very nice. (and that would hurt)

  • Mighty Mouse

    Oct 23, 2007 at 5:13 PM

    Comment #16

    Once tottenham get relegated (really hope they do) we should take Berbatov. I recon Berbatov and Oba could be the combination we are looking for. Berba is a gerodie at heart so lets give him his respite and take him up North.

    Thought Faye played brilliantly, nice to see players really working for their place in the team. Hope to see a positive response from Taylor.

    Geremi looked good on the right, i think his crossing abilities are better served from the wing. Remeber what a force he was with the smooggies playing RW?

    Good team performance, looked strong at the back. God I love beating Spurs!

  • Jinal

    Oct 23, 2007 at 5:57 PM

    Comment #17

    I just saw Cacapa’s goal and boy does he look glad he scored! Martins jumps up to give the lad a hug – quite a funny sight lol!


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