Oba Martins came off last night, after 81 minutes, very frustrated as he was replaced by Charles N’Zogbia.
Oba Martins – wants 3 points against Fulham
It turned out that Kevin was trying to solidify the midfield so we didn’t give away another soft goal. But Oba didn’t like it, and that only proved to us this young man is committed to Newcastle United, and why our fans love him so much.
Martins told the Evening Chronicle today:
“There are no problems. We have quality players and if we continue that sort of play, we will do even better,”
“All I am trying to do is help get this club away from the relegation zone.” “The fans or the club don’t need that so that is all I am concerned about.”
“The coach plays an attacking game and that suits my game a lot.” “I am satisfied with that and by the way we played going forward as a team.”
“The players did very well, we battled and we showed we wanted to pass the ball and go forward.”
“One point isn’t too bad but we know that we needed three really.”
“Yet this sets us up for Saturday to win and four points from six would be very, very good for us after the results we’ve had.”
Oba’s right and last night was only stage one, and all 3 points against Fulham are now absolutely necessary, which will not only give us 4 points from our last 2 games, but will pull us a full 9 points ahead of Fulham.
We will have to hope for a couple of Bolton defeats, or some other poor results from the teams around us, and we will be certain of putting more points between us and the drop zone.
Newcastle must still be trying to win all our games that remain, because that’s how we must play next season. One way of looking at the final 8 games of the run-in, is that’s it’s very good preparation for next season.
Some of our boys, and Oba was one of them, played really well last night and at least showed the guts needed to get us out of trouble.
In fact in our poll to the right, 58% of our readers thought Oba was our best player last night, with 353 votes cast so far.
When you look at what Newcastle fans have to had to endure these last 3 months, the second half yesterday was great to watch. All that was missing was that second goal and we could have bagged all 3 points. But wins, not draws is what we need right now.
Michael Owen came very close to putting that 50th minute opportunity home, and it was only a brilliant reaction save from Maik Taylor that kept it out.
But we must continue this form on Saturday, and go all out for a win, and give the Newcastle fans what they’ve been waiting over 3 months for. All 3 points.