Martins Big Part of Rejuvenated Newcastle Side

Obafemi Martins is enjoying life on Tyneside under new manager Kevin Keegan.


Oba Martins – celebrating his goal yesterday – steady now

It took until Kevin Keegan’s 10th game in charge before he could register his first win of his second management reign at St. James’ Park, but just like Kevin said, that’s all it would take to turn the team around.

And he’s been proved right because since the Fulham 2-0 win a couple of weeks ago Newcastle have demolished both Tottenham Hotspur and Reading by a combined score of seven goals to one, and neither game was even close. They’ve been surprisingly easy victories, with the results never in doubt in the second half of both games.

One player to benefit greatly from Keegan’s new attacking style at Newcastle is Nigerian striker Oba Martins, who has scored two good individual goals in the last two games, to go to 9 goals for the season, just one goal behind Newcastle captain Michael Owen.

Martins talked today and said he had no intentions of leaving Newcastle any time soon:

“Not only me, all the players want to stay next season. But we are not going to talk about next season now.”

“We have five games left and we have to continue to play and win. It is possible to win all five games, so we will see what happens.

“We showed the fans how we can do it and we are very happy because if we continue to play like this, we will be at the top, never mind the bottom.

“We just need to continue to play well in the last five games.”

Martins has combined well with Michael Owen and Mark Viduka in a new 4-3-3 formation which allows Keegan to deploy all his top-class strikers up front. It has worked phenomenally well over the last three weeks.

Oba continued:

“We are playing together very, very well. We have been training hard to play together, so we are happy.

“We are pleased to score beautiful goals – and if we continue to play like that, we will score more goals.”

The next game will be at Fratton Park next Saturday and Portsmouth beat us easily last November by 4-1, after being 3 goals up in just 11 minutes of that game.

So that should be an exciting game and another test for this rejuvenated Newcastle side.

Comments welcome.

77 comments so far

  • Carr is shite

    Apr 6, 2008 at 3:53 PM

    Comment #1

    Let’s thrash pompey to get back our revenge

  • Spyro

    Apr 6, 2008 at 4:04 PM

    Comment #2

    yes! revenge!

  • Dirk

    Apr 6, 2008 at 4:16 PM

    Comment #3

    ‘Not only me, all the players want to stay next season’

    😀 how good is that to hear? everybody wants to stay, i cant say im suprised but i think that should ease sum worries of players leaving i think 😀 n its just gr8 to hear 😀

  • Spot The Zebra

    Apr 6, 2008 at 4:21 PM

    Comment #4

    Here is hoping Oba`s new contract is signed soon as he looks like he can be an important player for us for many years to come.
    If we are looking for a striker this summer it should be someone who has plenty of pace as we dont really have an alternative to Martins if he becomes unavailable for whatever reason.
    We have the rapidly improving Andy Carroll to challenge Viduka and i see perhaps Duff being able to play in Owens role in a 4-3-3, but no one similiar to the Nigerian currently in the squad.
    Im happy the Pompey game is being shown live on TV but its a disgrace the way our fans have been treated what with the late announcement.Our tremendous away following now have to rearrange travel arrangements for the furthest away game of the season and to make matters worse its a 5.15 k.o.! Its too easy to put forward the clubs TV money they receive as an argument for mistreating fans this way.

  • Zx

    Apr 6, 2008 at 4:35 PM

    Comment #5

    This is a nice picture

  • cloudstrife

    Apr 6, 2008 at 4:47 PM

    Comment #6

    i wonder though, if a club offerin Champions League Football eg Arsenal come in for Oba, would he go? would be pretty tempting for
    Geordie Oba…

  • Leo

    Apr 6, 2008 at 4:48 PM

    Comment #7

    yeah its good to hear that all the players want to stay for next season, that obviously includes charlie, he has either seen the light or it was not true…

  • Spyro

    Apr 6, 2008 at 4:50 PM

    Comment #8

    Spot the Zebra…Cisse i believe is just the player we need

  • Spyro

    Apr 6, 2008 at 4:51 PM

    Comment #9

    wouldnt be so sure of that Leo, papers trying to say Tottenham want Taylor aswell, where does this bullcrap come from

  • Barrett Wallace

    Apr 6, 2008 at 4:51 PM

    Comment #10

    recognise the name Cloud Strife?

  • Leo

    Apr 6, 2008 at 5:05 PM

    Comment #11

    well they put 2 and 2 together and get 5, taylor apparntly stormed out of the stadium for what many of us believe to be good reasons lol… if there could be any… and then the newspapers are trying to put a downer on our good results.`

  • Hadrian

    Apr 6, 2008 at 5:08 PM

    Comment #12

    keegan will tell the lads that the fan’s would have been hurt by the way pompey beat us at st james .
    he’ll tell our lad’s to go out there and get some pride back for us.


    Apr 6, 2008 at 5:15 PM

    Comment #13

    I just hope we arent reading too much into the last couple of games, As we did when we finished 7th under Roeder we played a lot of sides we should have been beating anyway and 7th flattered us in the end, We didnt rebuild sufficiently and last season was as bad as this and we had a better side then.

    I hope we get at least 1 CM beacause im very Sceptical about Geremi, Butt and Barton still after watching the majority of their seasons, We still are poor at the back and still need another LB, RB and CB and another RW and LW, Another CF is a also a possible need if we get injuries and as expected Smith and Ameobi leave.

    Im scared that KK expects this side to do this every game (Which they wont) and only brings a few in because i will maintain that we still need 7 players and hope that we bring in more than the 4 or 5 KK keeps talking about if we dont get better players we are begging for more of the same next time around.

    Gonzalo Rodriguez
    Wayne Bridge
    Aaron Hughes
    Michael Carrick
    Stephen Hunt
    Shaun Wright-Phillips
    Djibril Cisse

    Some would be starters and some would be back up players


    Apr 6, 2008 at 5:17 PM

    Comment #14

    You could even add Sidwell to that as Barton may be doing time at her majestys in a couple of months

  • cloudstrife

    Apr 6, 2008 at 5:18 PM

    Comment #15

    why would they want Taylor? Dawson seems to be a similar player.

  • Bob

    Apr 6, 2008 at 5:22 PM

    Comment #16

    Pretty much agree CRAIGG.

    Loving this as much as anyone but let’s not forget the inept performances – from the vast majority of the squad – we saw for the first part of the year.

    Plus many of our squad are starting to get older. It may be better to bed in some newcomers before the likes of Butt and Geremi are totally past it (although their recent form must be commended…).

  • andrew

    Apr 6, 2008 at 5:24 PM

    Comment #17

    im concerned about all this cisse talk he is absolute garbage what would we want him for he wouldnt even get a game for sunderland reserves..


    Apr 6, 2008 at 5:33 PM

    Comment #18


    This is classic Newcastle of the last 10 years. seasons coming to a close, underachievers do shit all season and going to be sold in the summer, then raise their games and put in a few good performances and are kept on the season after only to go back to the mediocre crap that they played for 90% of the season.

    I just hope KK is just bluffing when he says he wants 4-5 players, so the players are kept interested.

    Its similar to when we got promoted he said we would keep most of the same players and add a few, In the end we totally overhauled the squad over the course of the season letting about 10-11 go and bringing about 8-9 in we dont need that ammount going and staying but we need more than a few in and a few out or next season could be a carbon copy.


    Apr 6, 2008 at 5:35 PM

    Comment #19

    Cisse isnt garbage he was wasted at liverpool the same as Crouch is now

  • ehssi

    Apr 6, 2008 at 5:35 PM

    Comment #20

    I just Love Oba :). hes a player that every manager wanna have. :).

  • shaunm

    Apr 6, 2008 at 5:46 PM

    Comment #21

    aaron hughes??????? are you taking the piss???

  • Frankie Wild

    Apr 6, 2008 at 5:51 PM

    Comment #22

    So just a whole team than Craigg, be real we only need 4 or 5 as Kev says. Where is your confidence


    Apr 6, 2008 at 5:54 PM

    Comment #23

    No im not, what are our options at RB if Beye gets injured. Carr and Ramage are both out of contract in the summer and Hughes is on a free as well.

    He was consistantly good at Right back for our best years under Bobby and should never have been dropped in favour of Carr and definately should not have been sold by the idiot Souness in favour of playing Boumsong, Carr, Bramble and Babayaro.

    We need back up who wont let us down and IMO He hardly ever did, Plus he can play all across the back four.


    Apr 6, 2008 at 5:57 PM

    Comment #24

    I never said a whole team i said 7 players and i have no doubt KK will do a top job but i think he is being taken in by a few decent matches from a few players who have been abysmal all season.

  • joel

    Apr 6, 2008 at 6:03 PM

    Comment #25

    these are the proper players who we are linkes with EVERYONE! aaron lennon,luis fabiano,bafetimbi gomis,jose antonio reyes.

    all these plyers are pure quality!
    so lets just keep on the subject of these players who are availible too us.

    what are your comments on this?

  • Tom_Toon

    Apr 6, 2008 at 6:05 PM

    Comment #26

    KK said 5 quality players.

    Carlos Cuellar – CB
    Roberto Hlbert – RM/RB/LM
    Miguel Veloso – CDM/LB/CB
    Andrei Arshavin – CAM/RM/LM/CF
    Djibril Cisse – ST


    Apr 6, 2008 at 6:05 PM

    Comment #27

    Were also linked with Michael Dawson on a dailly basis as well

  • Tom_Toon

    Apr 6, 2008 at 6:08 PM

    Comment #28

    Lennon – Maybe
    Reyes – Maybe
    Gomis – On the fence
    Dawson – No
    Riise – No bloody way!
    Fabiano – Hopefully not

  • joel

    Apr 6, 2008 at 6:09 PM

    Comment #29

    craigg—- that is also true just add him too the list of names we are concentrating at the moment.

  • joel

    Apr 6, 2008 at 6:10 PM

    Comment #30

    tom toon———-what does that mean (on the fence)?

  • Tom_Toon

    Apr 6, 2008 at 6:11 PM

    Comment #31

    Not bothered at all.


    Apr 6, 2008 at 6:11 PM

    Comment #32

    We wont get Veloso he will go to Man Utd then we can sign Carrick happy days!

    Arshavin and Cisse would be great signings

    Cuellar is not a player i would go for i dont trust the quality of players up there, Remember the form of Sutton, Hartson, Alan Thompson, Boumsong, Barry Ferguson and Now Samaras all who have been well below average in the premiership and thats being generous.

  • joel

    Apr 6, 2008 at 6:11 PM

    Comment #33

    so on the fence means not bothered at all


    Apr 6, 2008 at 6:14 PM

    Comment #34

    I dont know who Roberto Hlbert is you dont mean Robin Hulbert who plays for Port Vale and was a youth player here.


    Apr 6, 2008 at 6:17 PM

    Comment #35

    I think KK likes to get players who can improve and get to the top with work.

    He did it with Venison who came from Liverpool reserves to us in the old Div 1 and ended up playing for England, The same as Howey who was a youth team striker who KK converted to a CB and he also played for England and was in the Euro 96 squad.

    He could do the same with Dawson.

  • Tom_Toon

    Apr 6, 2008 at 6:20 PM

    Comment #36

    Veloso is better than Carrick 🙂

    Im torn between Dean Ashton or Cisse.

    Cisse edges it actually because he has pace and can cover both big and small strikers.


    Apr 6, 2008 at 6:29 PM

    Comment #37

    I would love Ashton ive said that for ages, he would be my no 1 signing for a striker but i dont know if we could get him West Ham are pretty rich as well these days although Curs favours Cole and Zamora for some reason, Cisse is available thats why ive been talking about him and he could be a good signing.

    We wont get Veloso but im sure we could persuade Carrick

    That was a joke about Hulbert he was shit when i saw him playing

    Edgar is very much right footed

  • Nick C

    Apr 6, 2008 at 6:31 PM

    Comment #38

    I don’t really understand the clamour for Cisse. He never really did it last time in the prem and he acted a proper tit last time he was at SJP. I like Ashton though.

  • Nick C

    Apr 6, 2008 at 6:33 PM

    Comment #39

    Also, I reckon we could do with plundering Boro. Pogatetz loooks a good no nonsense stopper, and I have always rated Arca. He lives in NE3 btw.

  • Bob

    Apr 6, 2008 at 6:41 PM

    Comment #40

    RE: Tom_Toon

    Both are pretty injury prone aren’t they?

    They are good players but would undoubtedly prefer to get a striker that can stay fit for at least 80% of the season instead of getting another Carl Cort/ Marcelinho.

    Peter Crouch would be my preferred option for a backup striker who would challenge for a first team spot. Perhaps even El-Hadj Diouf/Kevin Davies/Clint Dempsey from one of the relegated teams.

    Ebanks-Blake also looks a good prospect at 22… pacy and powerful, might be worth a shot as well for around £2-3m.


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