Newcastle manager Kevin Keegan says that he has no problem with Oba Martins’ reaction to being substituted at Birmingham City on Monday night.
Oba Martins do you think he’s just scored? 😀
Oba was clearly disappointed and frustrated at being replaced, with just 9 minutes of normal time to play in the game. He didn’t try to hide that.
Keegan understands that his players will not be happy when they are replaced in a game, especially with the passion the game had in the second half.
Kevin said after the game:
“A few of you probably noticed that Oba was a little disappointed to come off.â€
“I’ve got no problem with that. In fact, the last thing I wanted to see is players doing cart wheels and somersaults when they come off.â€
“I just thought that we needed an extra man in midfield for the last ten minutes or so and I explained that to Oba.â€ “But Oba has done a great job tonight and it was his persistence which helped create Michael Owen’s goal.”
â€œTo be honest, I’m not too bothered that it’s Oba because I’m the same size as him! ” “If it had been Mark Viduka then I would have been worried because he’s a big lad!” 😀
Oba Martins put in a spirited show and you know with Oba a goal can come at any time. Kevin just needs to keep playing him, and heâ€™ll deliver the goods.
But we think Oba was disappointed because he so wanted to score the winning goal last night. But Obaâ€™s a good lad, and thatâ€™s why the Newcastle fans just love the Nigerian boy, he wears his heart on his sleeve, and he works his socks off for the team.
And weâ€™re glad Kevin pointed out that Oba did a great job last night â€“ and he looked just a little menacing with Michael Owen.