Oba Martins has today apologized to Newcastle fans for angrily storming off the field on Saturday when he was substituted after 65 minutes by Mark Viduka.
Oba Martins – apologizes for behavior – he was so disappointed
The 24-year-old striker told the Newcastle Evening Chronicle today:
“I was absolutely gutted at being hauled off, and it was all down to sheer disappointment.” “Like any other player, I am always most disappointed when I am substituted.”
“But I am sorry if what I did was a problem and, in hindsight, perhaps it was wrong for me to go into the dressing rooms and not go on the bench.”
“I was feeling good and felt as though I could score, and I still do not know or understand why I was called off.” “I don’t suppose it was a surprise that Mark Viduka was brought on, especially as there were no goals.”
“But I was hoping I would get the chance to play alongside him and Michael Owen and not be the one to make way for him.” “When the three of us were used together as a three-pronged attack last season we had a fair amount of success.”
It’s good that Martins has come out and apologized and it shows the spirit in the Newcastle camp is good under Joe Kinnear.
Oba is still young and he does get frustrated if things don’t go well, (who doesn’t?), but that’s usually frustration with himself.
And maybe we will see the three strikers Mark, Oba and Michael play together again, like they did so well last season under Kevin Keegan – you never know, and of course we must win against Stoke City on Saturday.
Oba’s a good lad and we just want to him to stay at Newcastle and help us become great again – that’s all.
And of course the media have made a big thing of his frustration and already have Oba leaving Newcastle in January – but that’s just more nonsense.