Joe Kinnear Praises Martins’ Unpredictability


Newcastle manager Joe Kinnear has told Nigerian striker Obafemi Martins to become more selfish as Oba tries to hit the goals trail again.

Oba Martins – after scoring a Newcastle United goal

Oba Martins has scored just one goal so far this campaign and since Michael Owen is out right now we need Oba and Shola to get the goals.

Shola has obliged with two in the last two games and we expect Oba to get on the scoring path fairly quickly.

Joe Kinnear said today:

“He is one of these lads who gets very frustrated with himself. He has got bags of ability, he just needs to get a few goals to kick start his season.”“The thing with Oba is his unpredictability. If you see him in training, he fashions something out of nothing and you think, ‘How did he do that?’.”

“He is that type of player. He is not a link-up player or a team player.” “The ball goes up to him and you think, ‘give it simple’, and he will back heel it, run round the other side of the player and then lash it into the top corner.

“You say, ‘Okay, that’s not too bad, don’t give it anymore, just keep doing that’.” “You just hope what he does on the pitch in training, he transforms into match days. That’s the key to it, doing what he does on the training pitch on match days.”

“I said to him, ‘If you can get used to isolating yourself one versus one on the last defender, don’t pass it to anyone’.” “The only trouble is, I think he fights himself at times. He gets narked within.”

“He is probably a bit hard on himself at times because of his standard. He questions himself, he is one of those players.” “He has one focus, and that is to stick the ball in the back of the net, we know that. We know we are not going to get the ball if he sniffs out that he is anywhere near the goal.”

“If he is any shooting distance, he shoots.”

Kevin Keegan had it right when he said Oba is a one-off – and that certainly is his strength, his unpredictability, as he can often create a goal out of nothing.

We still remember that 84 mph strike at Tottenham a couple of seasons back, when Paul Robinson could hardly move as Oba’s shot flew into his top right hand corner – what a goal from outside the penalty box.

And of course a good time for Oba to get off the mark is tonight against WBA, so we’ll not mention that – but it is a game we desperately need the win.


Howay The Lads!!



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13 comments so far

  • lesh

    Oct 28, 2008 at 9:20 AM

    Comment #1

    “He is not a link-up player or a team player.” says Joe, so why is Oba played on the flanks, any ideas anyone?

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  • Toon Graeme

    Oct 28, 2008 at 9:24 AM

    Comment #2

    Oba my old friend – aim in between the posts and get that magic back.

    If it means he has to be more selfish then go on as we need goals.

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  • lesh

    Oct 28, 2008 at 9:30 AM

    Comment #3

    Newcastle’s French winger Charles N’Zogbia is being lined up for a switch to Paris St Germain in the January transfer window. (Daily Mirror) …..

    if this turns out to be true, it’ll be an absolute disgrace given the club’s position. Or could it be the on-going mission to reduce the wage bill at any expense?

    Time for Wise to go and go and go and GO!

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  • Ganiyu

    Oct 28, 2008 at 10:00 AM

    Comment #4

    Good news lesh i never wanted him in the club.ZOG behaves stupid sometimes

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  • AO

    Oct 28, 2008 at 10:13 AM

    Comment #5

    Did you notice that redknapp jumped at the chance to manage spurs saying it was his last chance to manage a truly big club. yet he rejected the newcastle job. this tells me that managers in this country dont view newcastle as a big team!!

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  • Ganiyu

    Oct 28, 2008 at 10:18 AM

    Comment #6

    Yes Newcastle is no longer a big team.

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  • AO

    Oct 28, 2008 at 10:19 AM

    Comment #7

    ganiyu- they havent been one in my lifetime pal.

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  • Ausgeordie

    Oct 28, 2008 at 10:20 AM

    Comment #8

    AO No it does not. It tells us we were not prepared to offer him the final say and pompey 5 mill for his services.

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  • Whumpie

    Oct 28, 2008 at 10:57 AM

    Comment #9

    He was never offered the job. He is just a better version of Allerdyce, which Ashley and co recognised, and Redknapp used his media-fooling skills to bump up his salary at Pompey.

    Anyway – Martins. Still not living up to billing, and what worries me about telling him to be selfish is that he just doesn’t seem to be able to keep the ball when tackled. He’ll end up going down countless dead ends and losing the ball when a good pass would have led to a goal.

    I hope I’m wrong…

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  • Punk Skunk

    Oct 28, 2008 at 11:52 AM

    Comment #10

    He’s a cock a knee, that’s why he went to spuds…

    …Do one AO, you spud!..

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  • Punk Skunk

    Oct 28, 2008 at 11:53 AM

    Comment #11

    & igor knew the Toon army didn’t want him!..

    …Give us some goals Oba!..

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  • irish_al

    Oct 28, 2008 at 12:26 PM

    Comment #12

    Harry Redknapp has only managed in the east end and on the south coast, tottenham is the furthest north he’ll have been in his managerial career

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  • Turkish magpie

    Oct 28, 2008 at 4:37 PM

    Comment #13

    we should have new owners by january and if we sell nzogbia new owners should spend some cash and buy loathes and it could even be keegan!

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