Oba Martins wants to leave the Tyneside club on a good note, and he still has two games left at Newcastle before he leaves for the African nations Cup with Nigeria next month.
Oba Martins – enjoying his training at Newcastle
Needless to say Oba would like Newcastle to win both those games, but he’s missed quite a few chances lately, including a couple of very good ones in the first half last Saturday against Chelsea. Seems like Oba needs to find more composure when he is presented with these chances, and he can probably learn a few things from Michael Owen, in that regard.Â But we also have to remember Oba is just 23 years old and he’s still learning his trade.Â He should become a much better player in the future, if nortured correctly.
Oba told the Newcastle Journal today:
â€œIâ€™ve only got two more games left before I go and play for Nigeria and I want to help us win them both,â€ â€œI donâ€™t want to leave Newcastle with the memories of defeats. I just hope we win our next two games, against Manchester City and the FA Cup game against Stoke, and then I can concentrate on trying to help Nigeria win the African Cup.â€
â€œItâ€™s like a World Cup for us, it is very special and it is something I am looking forward to. But my Newcastle team-mates are also very important and I want to leave my club when they are in a good position.â€
Oba has just turned 23 and believes there were some good signs against Chelsea to prove things are not as bad as the teamâ€™s run of results suggests over the last 11 games, where we have picked up just a couple of wins and three draws – relegation form to be sure.
â€œWe did enough in the game to deserve a draw, so it is very difficult to accept that we are going back to Newcastle with nothing. Chelsea do not drop many points at home and they have not lost for more than 70 games here, I think, so a draw would have been a good result for us, especially after we lost at Wigan.â€
â€œThey had a few chances, but so did we. I had a couple in the first half which might have gone in. We are not getting much luck and itâ€™s getting harder and harder to take it. I think everyone on the pitch knew the goal was offside, but the linesman and the referee did not give it. I donâ€™t know why, but we are angry about it.â€
â€œWe have to recover quickly because we play Manchester City in a few days at home and our fans will expect us to win that.â€ â€œI donâ€™t even know if I will be playing in that game, Michael (Owen) is fit again, but I hope I do. It will not be an easy game, but it is one we need to win after two defeats in a row.â€
Oba’s right about the fans wanting a win against Manchester City, and that’s a good possibility. But what Big Sam has to ensure is that the leads give a 100% performance with no stupid mistakes at the back, and if we can keep a clean sheet (how many times have we said that?) we’ll have a good chance to win. But again, the performance of the team has to show the fans that improvement is happening.
If we can show that, and also get the win, things will be much rosier in the Newcastle United garden. That’s an absolute certainty.
But what do you think? Please let us know – comments always welcome.