Oba lost his mother in pre-season due to a tragic accident, and then after that he’s been out injured for quite a while.
Oba Martins – difficult start to the year
Oba said today:
“Yes it has been difficult for me. I was injured, and then almost straight after recovering, got injured again.”
“To score my first goal against West Brom last Tuesday night since the first game of the season at Manchester United is a big relief. I hope to score plenty of goals now to make up for lost time.”
Newcastle’s interim manager Joe Kinnear has complete faith in Martins, who Glenn Roeder brought to Newcastle for £10M from Inter Milan two years ago. Oba’s been an excellent buy and manager Kinnear now wants the Nigerian hit man to be more selfish in front of goal, when he gets any chance.
“I have taken on board what the manager has said but if I think there is a better pass on, of course I will pass it.”
“But if there is a chance to be taken, I will be going for goal. I know what I have to do now.”
Oba Martins now has 29 goals for the club, and his current striking partner Shola Ameobi has 48 goals to his name. However, Shola is in his 9th season at the club as a first teamer, and this is the start of Oba’s 3rd season on Tyneside.
Even though Michael owen will probably be fit to play on Monday night against Villa, we expect Joe to continue with Oba and Shola up front, as they’ve done a good job in our last couple of games.
Martins, who turned 24 years old last Monday night, said:
“Shola always tries his best. He has scored two goals in the last few games and won us a penalty.” “That sort of form has been important for him.”
“I’m happy for him and pleased to be playing alongside him. We play well together and have a good understanding on and off the field.”
“I think that we can score goals together. That’s what the fans and the team want. We must work together and make this partnership work.”
“We need to continue our winning streak, and the home games are the best chance to do that. It’s good to go into this one knowing we have won our last match. We are confident again and looking forward to Aston Villa.”
Three points on Monday night against a very good Aston Villa side, will be a great result for us, and then we’ll have the confidence to go to Fulham and then entertain Wigan at home, and we can pick up even more points from those games.
Howay The Lads!!