Obafemi Martins is enjoying life on Tyneside under new manager Kevin Keegan.
Oba Martins – celebrating his goal yesterday – steady now
It took until Kevin Keeganâ€™s 10th game in charge before he could register his first win of his second management reign at St. Jamesâ€™ Park, but just like Kevin said, thatâ€™s all it would take to turn the team around.
And heâ€™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. Theyâ€™ve been surprisingly easy victories, with the results never in doubt in the second half of both games.
One player to benefit greatly from Keeganâ€™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.â€
“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.
“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.