Oba Martins, who looked right back in form at White Hart Lane on Sunday, has talked to the Newcastle Evening Chronicle today.
Oba Martins – we must finish season on a high
Oba told the Chronicle:
â€œIt hasnâ€™t been our best year.â€ â€œBut we still have six games to finish in a respectable position.â€ â€œWe have to try to get results from the closing stage and finish with a fight.â€
â€œAll the players know they can get wins from our last few games if they give their maximum in every game.â€ â€œIf we do that we can be happy with ourselves.â€
Martinsâ€™ 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.
â€œThe injury wasnâ€™t good for me, but they happen in football.â€ â€œI am just glad that I am OK to play now and 100% fit.â€ â€œThatâ€™s important to be able to work hard in training.â€
â€œNone of the players know what the team will be in the build-up to the game.â€ â€œIn 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.â€
â€œThatâ€™s why you must give it your maximum in the training games.â€ â€œEverybody in Newcastle wants to get back into Europe.â€ â€œIf we get off to a good start next year itâ€™s possible.â€
â€œThings havenâ€™t gone well this season, and when itâ€™s over we have to sit and think about that a lot and why it has happened.â€ â€œNow, though, we have to finish on a high.â€
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?