Martins – We’re Set Up For Win On Saturday

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.

Comments welcome.

29 comments so far

  • big pea ov the weab

    Mar 18, 2008 at 5:41 PM

    Comment #1

    nothing less than 3 points will do on sat to garuntee our safty

  • Charlie Bucket

    Mar 18, 2008 at 5:58 PM

    Comment #2

    Shola Ameobi should not be playing in the reserves tonight.

    It is blatently obvious that he has no future at this football club. He is no longer good enough.

    However he is taking up a valuable space in the reserves lineup when we could be nurturing Fabio Zamblera, Wesley Ngo Baheng or Ryan Donaldson.

    This is why we never develop our talented young players

  • Leo Kompany for the Toon

    Mar 18, 2008 at 5:59 PM

    Comment #3

    oba and owen will score. it will be 3-0

    thats my prediction

  • milnerfan

    Mar 18, 2008 at 6:02 PM

    Comment #4

    no smith last night, and the team did well, hopefully it means smith wont be in with a shout on sat. I think barton needs to improve alot before sat aswel. 3 points oooooo yes

  • steve

    Mar 18, 2008 at 6:05 PM

    Comment #5

    I really like Oba’s commitment, he’s a big asset to the toon.
    How BSA and KK can even think about playing Smith rather than Oba is beyond me.

    Now lets stuff Fulham on Sat – anyone know if its being shown live on Digitalb?

  • Swede1891

    Mar 18, 2008 at 6:06 PM

    Comment #6

    just a note:: 5 votes for barton as newcastles best player vs brum???!!!!!! i seriously believe that people are insane…EMRE, PLEASE GET FIT!!

  • belfast toon

    Mar 18, 2008 at 6:19 PM

    Comment #7

    oba was the best player by far last nite he still has to improve on his awearness and team play but he is who kk should building his new team around in the summer

  • GeordiePride

    Mar 18, 2008 at 6:25 PM

    Comment #8

    I can’t understand why Oba was subbed he was our best player on the night by far, I was a bit shocked with KK’s after match comments cos he mentioned Geremi, Barton, Owen and Butt as having great games and never mentioned Oba and I dont know how Geremi and Barton had good games cos it didn’t look that way to me. Come on the Toon lets get 3 points on sat.

  • daiv

    Mar 18, 2008 at 6:29 PM

    Comment #9

    NUFC without Smith played a lot better. Barton was the weak link in midfield and has never performed all season. take note KK. The centre of defence still looks fragile. taylor keeps making errors and Faye for once was exposed. Having said that, the second half was much better than of late. A draw at Brum was a good result. Onwards and upwards if we keep Smith out of the team and reconsider on Barton and Taylor (Emre or Nzog and the new senagalese bloke at centre back maybe)

  • toonsg

    Mar 18, 2008 at 6:32 PM

    Comment #10

    barton needs to go.

  • Davies

    Mar 18, 2008 at 6:35 PM

    Comment #11

    Butt was good last night. Very good. He bailed us out a lot and, aside from the very predictable foul on Larsson, he looked like the player was at Man Utd, and every inch the professional.

    Oba remains a fan’s favourite because he’s just so damn cool as well as being a terrifyingly fast and prolific striker.

    Between the two of them, they get man of the match for me.

    I’ve even taken a vow to stopp referring to Nicky Butt as Licky………..for now.

  • Tripp

    Mar 18, 2008 at 7:06 PM

    Comment #12

    I like the Owen/Martins partnership because Martins creates space for Owen with his pace and industry. The same is true of the Duke. He’s like a magnet to defensemen, which will open the pitch up for Owen and Oba (ha, that sounds like a kids book) to maneuver and score goals. More 84 mph strikes for Wor Oba please.

  • Geordie Joe

    Mar 18, 2008 at 8:05 PM

    Comment #13

    why does barton look scared when he has the ball. He was our week link last night.

  • billygee

    Mar 18, 2008 at 8:44 PM

    Comment #14

    If Milner is not playing on Saturday, put Lua Lua on the right, definately drop barton and Taylor as they both made lots of errors which could have cost us the game

  • briss264

    Mar 18, 2008 at 8:45 PM

    Comment #15

    Oba was definitely the best player for us and theman of the match with his commitment and he set up owen for his goal. his explosiveness is great. I liked the way Barton fought (as he does best) for every ball and really disruped there midfield, tho he gave away a few sloppy balls. butt played well for once too and seems to be doing better in general, still need to sim him off next season tho.

  • Graham

    Mar 18, 2008 at 9:06 PM

    Comment #16

    One of the main reasons for our 2nd half performance last night was that Martins moved to a more central position than the 1st. He showed more passion when he was subbed than most of the team have in recent weeks.

    A 90 minute like the last 45 last night and our worrys will be greatly eased.

  • Mighty Mouse

    Mar 18, 2008 at 9:13 PM

    Comment #17

    Oba is a Geordie!
    Oba is a Geordie!
    Oba is a Geordie!
    Oba is a Geordie!

  • stumpofthetoon

    Mar 18, 2008 at 9:42 PM

    Comment #18

    cant belive some people still thing butt is good his passing is terrible. nobody can say eny team in the top half of the table would have him at all

  • obamagic

    Mar 18, 2008 at 10:27 PM

    Comment #19

    i really hope kevin drops smith for the entire season and start playing lua lua and more of the young kids…

  • Rob Kirton

    Mar 18, 2008 at 10:33 PM

    Comment #20

    @stumpofthetoon: I agree with what you say about Butt’s passing. I think the thing is that he is a tireless worker in midfield, making lord knows how many challenges in a game. When at Man U, he always had somebody who was always more of a play maker to lay the ball off to. Think Keane, Scholes, Beckham. He is quite limited in what he can do and is cruelly exposed in our team. He’s always playing along side some numpty or another and we are expecting he to make “that pass” I just don’t think he is capable of it.

  • Martins

    Mar 18, 2008 at 10:39 PM

    Comment #21

    Butt was good last night however he is physically past it and is on his last legs, he must be let go if we manage to stay up as he simply is not good enough any more. Barton was absoluty shocking give ball away every time. Thank God we have Martins the only player we have who can do the unpredictable and conjure goals out of nothing, i only hope he stays next season but unfortunatly i think he will go on to bigger and better things as long as the over rated, overpaid owen is chosen ahead of him every game.

  • Spyro

    Mar 18, 2008 at 11:19 PM

    Comment #22

    Butt is a good DM if we have a good Playmaker alongside him. He has never been the most gifted passer and to tell the truth people slag him off for being something that he has always been (myself included), a no nonsense player who breaks up play and makes life difficult for the opposition. He is not a carrick, flamini or a mascherano, but then again, very few are. In truth, I think i would like Butt to stay on for next season if the rest of our midfield gets sorted. He would be a vital substitute when you are one goal up with 20mins to go and you need to defend the lead.

  • Reb

    Mar 18, 2008 at 11:30 PM

    Comment #23

    Why do some people persist with this Owen v. Martins argument?

    Fact is — they looked to play well together last night and as joint topscorers, should BOTH be started for the rest of the campaign. Martins’ style (unpredictable, pacy, hard shooting) will force defenders to deal with him, which in turn frees Owen to do what he does best — make clever runs, being in the right place at the right time (and, as last night, providing quite a bit of link play as well). Martins and Owen both had good shots on goal last night, and consistently threaten defences and goalkeepers — the same can’t be said for other strikers at Newcastle (Viduka or for f***s sake Smith).

    I never got the impression, from any interview or from the pictures from training, etc. that the players believe this Owen OR Martins division — and it’s about time the fans ditch it too. Both are needed, desperately, as Newcastle have to start scoring regularly. Divisions between Newcastle players — and fans — are ridiculous at this point.

  • richie

    Mar 18, 2008 at 11:50 PM

    Comment #24

    same team as mon for fulham game

    kk should list the fulham line up in the team talk and ask the players do they rate themselves as better players..if soPROVE IT BY HAMMERING THEM and puttin them in the championship were they belong

  • ende

    Mar 19, 2008 at 1:06 AM

    Comment #25

    In the words of Han Solo, “Great shot kid, that was 1 in a million! Don’t get cocky!”

  • Eric

    Mar 19, 2008 at 7:41 AM

    Comment #26

    Come on Oba – score on Saturday. I think Oba and Owen, provided they get quality wing and midfield support, could be a great partnership. Where do the wings come from? And the midfield? Zog is one but will he stay?


    Mar 19, 2008 at 7:47 AM

    Comment #27

    well maybe you won’t like this but I think our best lad was BUTT, no doubt about that!

  • Eric

    Mar 19, 2008 at 7:52 AM

    Comment #28

    I do not think that Butt was THE best but I was impressed by the way he got stuck in and raised the midfield tempo quite well. Good on him – after all the criticism that has been about him (a lot deserved). But Monday – he gave us a lot!

  • Geremi Hater

    Mar 19, 2008 at 8:45 AM

    Comment #29

    Geremi needs to go


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