Oba Martins – We Must Finish Season On A High


Oba Martins, who looked right back in form at White Hart Lane on Sunday, has talked to the Newcastle Evening Chronicle today.

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Oba Martins – we must finish season on a high

Oba told the Chronicle:

“It hasn’t been our best year.” “But we still have six games to finish in a respectable position.” “We have to try to get results from the closing stage and finish with a fight.”

“All the players know they can get wins from our last few games if they give their maximum in every game.” “If we do that we can be happy with ourselves.”

Martins’ lack of goals in 2008 until Sunday came after he was out for a good few weeks following the African Cup of nations when they hardly set the place on fire and were eliminated at the quarter finals stage of that competition.

After a difficult couple of months the ever positive Martins is only looking ahead to what Newcastle United can achieve in the rest of the season.

Oba continued:

“The injury wasn’t good for me, but they happen in football.” “I am just glad that I am OK to play now and 100% fit.” “That’s important to be able to work hard in training.”

“None of the players know what the team will be in the build-up to the game.” “In training we have been told by the gaffer that the more you do on the training field, the more chance you have of being played in the games.”

“That’s why you must give it your maximum in the training games.” “Everybody in Newcastle wants to get back into Europe.” “If we get off to a good start next year it’s possible.”

“Things haven’t gone well this season, and when it’s over we have to sit and think about that a lot and why it has happened.” “Now, though, we have to finish on a high.”

When you look at the last 6 games we have left, there is no reason whatsoever that we cannot win all 6 games. That has to be the target for the team, and we’re sure that’s what Kevin is already telling the squad.

There’s also an even chance that we can finish in the top half of the table, and that’s another worthwhile goal for the season, now that the team seems to be able to fully deploy what Keegan wants on the field.

If we can have a good finish to the season, that will go a long way to eliminating the many bad memories the fans have of this terrible let-down of a season.

It will also help Geordie fans everywhere have a good summer, as we dream once gain of success in the season ahead. 😀

What do you think?

Comments welcome.



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13 comments so far

  • I AM OBAFEMI MARTINS

    Apr 2, 2008 at 3:05 PM

    Comment #1

    any more posts about him please be the one saying new 5 year contract

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  • Southside Jordy

    Apr 2, 2008 at 3:19 PM

    Comment #2

    Give the man a 5 year deal!!!!

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  • Spyro

    Apr 2, 2008 at 3:21 PM

    Comment #3

    Give him a TEN YEAR DEAL!!!

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  • ObaFan2

    Apr 2, 2008 at 3:22 PM

    Comment #4

    KK I’m sure will want to stick with Oba, after all he’s a fans type of player and hopefully will get better and better.

    Will be so intersting to see what transfers are made in the summer and it will show the intent and direction of the club for the years to come.

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  • andrew

    Apr 2, 2008 at 3:28 PM

    Comment #5

    I think that obas attitude is amazing considering he has been constantly overlooked in favour of two players who rarley show as much heart and effort. martins is truly quality our most gifted player by far if we dont hang on to him he will bang goals in for someone else and im sure there are many that would take him off us given the chance he is the future and seemingly very loyal and happy at the toon get him a new contract asap

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  • Bill F

    Apr 2, 2008 at 3:44 PM

    Comment #6

    So thats why Smith has been getting so many starts, he’s been working his b*llcks of on the training pitch and probably has been too knackered to do it for real.

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  • steve

    Apr 2, 2008 at 4:03 PM

    Comment #7

    It’s good to hear Oba talking positively about next season – anyone know how long is left on his current contract?

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  • Leo

    Apr 2, 2008 at 4:12 PM

    Comment #8

    yeah i hope we sign him up on a longer contract, especially as it will not have the buy out clause.

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  • ehssi

    Apr 2, 2008 at 5:00 PM

    Comment #9

    he has contract is to 1st july 2011 ;)…but we mos give him a improvement, but 90K is to much, give him 70-80K it will be good enough (:.
    VIVA Martins (:.

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  • Punk Skunk

    Apr 2, 2008 at 6:15 PM

    Comment #10

    Who really cares how much we pay players?..& Why?..

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  • Spyro

    Apr 2, 2008 at 6:21 PM

    Comment #11

    we care because players may become jealous & unsettled if they feel someone who is not much better than them is getting paid significantly higher wages. Their performances may drop because of this. Also, it is likely that the amount we spend on wages is directly linked to how much money we will be given to spend on transfers as the owner is a top businessman and will have a set annual budget. This is why you need a wage structure that is fair.

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  • Punk Skunk

    Apr 2, 2008 at 6:32 PM

    Comment #12

    Players sign for the amount they sign for…If they become worth paying more, they get more…No doubt like everyone of us!..I’m sure there’s a wage structure!..
    …& if anyone’s gonna get jealous they should find a different club to play for or a different agent!..
    …I just don’t know what it has to do with us the fans…If the club is prepared to pay whatever, what can/should we do about it?..
    …These are the going rates these days!..

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  • Punk Skunk

    Apr 2, 2008 at 6:38 PM

    Comment #13

    Buying & selling players/people is the thing that should end…Where else in life would people put up with that?..

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