Oba Martins – We Can’t Relax

Oba Martins seems to be a lot happier these days that he is starting in Newcastle’s attack under new manager Kevin Keegan.


Oba Martins – on the goal trail again

Oba managed to score his first goal for Newcastle since last December on Sunday and it was the best goal of the game. He was put through by a great first time ball from Joey Barton and he ran through and easily beat goalkeeper Paul Robinson to get Newcastle’s 4th goal of the game.

Martins talked to the Northern Echo this morning:

“My job is to score goals,” “Of course I was happy to score at White Hart Lane, that is what every striker should do.”

“But you can only score goals if you are playing and that’s been my problem.”

But now, with things seeming to improve all the time, and a manager who appears to see Oba’s unique qualities, Martins seems very optimistic about the future.

Martins continued:

“We can’t relax and think that we have done it, because there are a lot of clubs fighting down there.”

“I believe that we should just continue to put in more effort like we have done and then the results will come.”

It’s good to have both Michael Owen and Oba Martins starting in the same team. They seem to play well together with big man Mark Viduka up front with them in an attacking 4-3-3 formation. Kevin will somehow need to ensure Oba is in his starting eleven next season to keep Oba happy and at the club.

We think Oba can do a great job for the club in this second management era under Kevin Keegan, which seems to be gathering a little momentum now. 😀

Comments welcome.

19 comments so far


    Apr 2, 2008 at 10:19 AM

    Comment #1

    are we actually playing 4-3-3 because i am still unsure exactly where owen is playing


    Apr 2, 2008 at 10:20 AM

    Comment #2

    Oba must stay,he is our only striker that can beat 3 defenders and score.Amazing pace and some shot he can only get better.

  • King Kev-4-3-3

    Apr 2, 2008 at 10:23 AM

    Comment #3

    of corse oba will stay, he wants to be a toon legend

  • Leo

    Apr 2, 2008 at 10:39 AM

    Comment #4

    yeah oba wants to be remembered by us all for a long time to come, that is worth more than any cup medal

  • stk

    Apr 2, 2008 at 10:45 AM

    Comment #5

    owen’s playing as a sort of supporting striker, behind oba and dukes, he’s the 1 in this new 4-3-1-2 formation, and looks to me like he’s relishing the opportunity, coz his intelligence is making up for his lost pace, leave the pacey work to martins, what he’s best at!

    under fatadyce, oba and owen would’ve been asked to play more as wingers, but since noone was ever happy with that, keegans tweaked it and its now working a treat.

    seeing owen come deep into midfield to help butt barton and geremi is also good to see and reminds me alot of beardsley under keegan. those were the days!

    i will never forget keegans quote about pedro after the 1996 season:
    “You can have a general who sits back, that says ‘right men, go on, go ahead and do it’, but then with peter, he’s at the front leading them saying ‘ come on lad’s, follow me!'”

    keegan has done the same with owen and the other players and i feel ashamed for ever doubting kk’s return

  • KKN39

    Apr 2, 2008 at 10:50 AM

    Comment #6

    well the best formation is no definite formation. if Owen keeps scoring and other players always appear where the ball should be played who cares it’s 433 or 4312 or 442. no opponents can handle freeflowing attack from all possible directions. but of course that’s very demanding for all players as well as the coaches and we are still very very far from that.

  • Kieran hatten

    Apr 2, 2008 at 11:01 AM

    Comment #7

    Keeping Oba will be the secret to our success obviously Viduka is getting on and i think Carroll would relish the chance at playing in the firsts alternate viduka for Carroll… i think this would work well and maybe if we can buy crouch… i don’t like him but his height in the box is tempting!

  • Spyro

    Apr 2, 2008 at 11:10 AM

    Comment #8

    Martins has improved a lot this year, and he will continue to improve and we need to hold on to him

  • Elliott

    Apr 2, 2008 at 11:16 AM

    Comment #9

    “Oba must stay,he is our only striker that can beat 3 defenders and score”

    Er, not really, Viduka’s been doing that his whole career. Remember that goal against Boro?

  • evildick

    Apr 2, 2008 at 11:18 AM

    Comment #10

    i agree Carroll should be brought in to alternate with Viduka, he has so much potential.


    Apr 2, 2008 at 11:20 AM

    Comment #11

    There are two ways of looking at that

    Oba may beat 3 players dribbling

    With his Speed of thought Owen can beat 3 players to a loose ball, ala the brum goal

    Viduka certainly beat at least 3 players with his skill against fulham

    There are different ways of beating defenders

  • Jim

    Apr 2, 2008 at 11:27 AM

    Comment #12

    I like the ‘stick’ approach!

  • James

    Apr 2, 2008 at 11:32 AM

    Comment #13

    I think our attack is the envy of alot of teams.

    1) We have the pacy striker that can run from deep (Martins)

    2) We have a big fella to hold the ball up when needed (Viduka)

    3) And we have the fox in the box who will always score the vital goals (Owen)

    Not many teams have that kind of variety in attack. We just need to put a very creative midfield behind them and we’d be unstoppable next season.

  • joe

    Apr 2, 2008 at 11:44 AM

    Comment #14

    Nope we’re not playing 433. 433 is chelsea’s style with one lone striker and 2 wide men. Ours is more of a 4312.

  • Ian

    Apr 2, 2008 at 12:14 PM

    Comment #15

    Oba is the spark and drive at the front, anyone that thinks we are a good team without him on the pitch isnt seeing it as many of us do.
    We have two thinkers with Owen and Viduka, that is enough unless one leaves, ideally we need another fast motoring never say die striker to replace Ameobi, Djibril Cisse would be perfect for me, but another pacey striker would do, if Martins gets injured which he almost certainly will some day then we will be back to drudgery and we cant rely on Owen and Viduka to remain fit, so we need a very good Ameobi replacement.
    Martins is a bit like Keegan he has the ability to lift the team just by his enthusiasm and effort, he was involved with the majority of attempts and goals, if he isnt involved directly he draws defenders away from other players as they rush to mark him, priceless.
    If we can have a line up of four good strikers two of them pacey then injuries and red cards shouldnt affect next season at the front.

    I agree with you James, we have variety and we need to keep it.

  • Eric

    Apr 2, 2008 at 12:39 PM

    Comment #16

    I do not see KK changing a winning team for this Saturday. Reading are no pushover and they play a physical game. I think we have the quality to beat them at home and have a few knocks on our players afterwards. Another 3 points but we will have to earn them. Against the likes of Reading we need the likes of Butt, Barton, and Viduka. Never thought I would say that.

  • ObaFan2

    Apr 2, 2008 at 1:06 PM

    Comment #17

    Our upturn in form coincides with Oba coming back into the team, also the new formation.

    Our two full backs are pushing on whenever they can to help widen the narrow(ish) midfield.

    Both Owen and Oba are running and working hard in many positions and the Duke is strong on the ball and reads the game well which can make up for his lack of pace.

    Pure genius, that’s KK.

  • Craig Allen

    Apr 2, 2008 at 2:55 PM

    Comment #18

    “My job is to score goals,” “Of course I was happy to score at White Hart Lane, that is what every striker should do.”

    What? Score at white hart lane? 😉 Sorry, couldn’t resist the context manipulation

    As for Viduka, he’s class (when he’s on song) his ball control, footwork / skill on the ball, hold up play and eye for goal makes it so much harder for players to follow in his footsteps. His passing (link up play)’s a bit average and his pace gone but he more than makes up for it using the rest of his skill set. Carrol’s got a long ways to go – let’s hope he can deliver consistently and become class in his own right. Can’t wait for the transfer window though – this site will no doubt be overcrowded with visitors during that time as usual. Looking forward! GO TOON!

  • James

    Apr 2, 2008 at 3:36 PM

    Comment #19

    The upturn about Martins I disagree with. I think the reasons are :

    1) Dropping Smith

    2) The midfield suddenly playing well (Barton and Butt).

    3) Owen’s link up play starting every single attack

    Martins was class against Spurs, but quiet against Fulham and Birmingham. Owen and Butt have been immense in all 3 of those games


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