Martins Apologetic For Petulant Behavior

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 behaviorhe 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.

Comments welcome.

38 comments so far

  • KK FOREVER (Ross)

    Dec 1, 2008 at 1:20 PM

    Comment #1

    I personally dont think he has anything to aplogise for. He seemed frustrated as he thought he was the most threatening player for us on the day and he’s absolutly right in feeling that way. Its good to see he’s hungry to play and do well for us, and it should have been Owen who made way. Also encouraging to hear him promoting the 3 pronged attack which seemed effective for us, hopefully JK pays attention!

  • Ryan Peacock

    Dec 1, 2008 at 1:26 PM

    Comment #2

    i remember he did it at birmingham last season. but its good to see he wants to play and help us

    got three up front

    owen viduka martins

  • ToonTex

    Dec 1, 2008 at 1:30 PM

    Comment #3

    It should be Kinnear who is apologizing. He left Owen’s reputation on and it was doing eff all for us at the time. Go On Oba!!!

  • Prez

    Dec 1, 2008 at 1:35 PM

    Comment #4

    Martins was lively on saturday and I hardly noticed that Owen was on the field. I was absolutly gutted when Martins came off, after that we did not have a decent attack before the last 3 minutes. Owen, like anybody else should fight for his place in the starting 11. On the upside, we have 2 clean sheets in a row! When did that last happen in the PL for us.

  • Brutooooon

    Dec 1, 2008 at 1:35 PM

    Comment #5

    One reason why Oba wear our legend no. 9 shirt.

    Love this player – on and off the pitch.

  • Kevin Nichol

    Dec 1, 2008 at 1:47 PM

    Comment #6

    Completely the wrng decision to bring off oba!

    MO doesnt give us anything UNLESS

  • Kevin Nichol

    Dec 1, 2008 at 1:49 PM

    Comment #7

    …We present him with a chance from 10 yards out!!!! At the min we are not creating chances and we need players like oba who can produce something out of nothing!!!! I would play all three until jan then offload michael as you cannot convince me his heart is in it playing for newcastle anymore

  • Christoon

    Dec 1, 2008 at 2:00 PM

    Comment #8

    Oba should of stayed on, no doubt. He needs to play with a strong attacker who can get him the time to make the breaks. Owen and Martins are a no go, just doesn’t work. shouldve gone with the 3 pronged attack. we would have 17 points

  • Desmond -

    Dec 1, 2008 at 2:11 PM

    Comment #9

    now we can play:

    martins viduka owen
    guthrie butt geremi
    enrique bassong colo beye

    4-3-3! after 60 minutes, sub in n zogbia for one of the striker and jonas for geremi and change to 4-4-2!

  • Kevin Nichol

    Dec 1, 2008 at 2:22 PM

    Comment #10

    Desmond….to put it quite frankly…..

    Starting geremi ahead of Jonas, Nzogbia or even Duff is possibly the most ridiculous comment ive come across for some time!

    Thats about as politely as i can put it!

  • Danish_Magpie

    Dec 1, 2008 at 2:25 PM

    Comment #11

    Good words Oba. I am glad he apologized because even if we had brought on Geremi to play as a lone striker, it’s the manager’s decision, and players need to respect it. After the game you can take your concerns or frustrations to the manager in private and argue your case if you feel you MUST due to extraordinary circumstances. Mostly though, get on with it.

    Mind you I completely disagree with the decision to bring him off, as he has been in good form and looked lively against Boro.

    My team for Stoke:




    I know Zoggy doesn’t get utilized best at LB, but Enrique has been quite shocking, and since we are at home to Stoke, I anticipate we will be on the attack more than defense, so his attacking abilities will be used well.

    If we are up by one or two and when Viduka tires, we can bring him off for Taylor and switch back to 4-4-2




  • ObaMartins

    Dec 1, 2008 at 2:26 PM

    Comment #12

    Oba has nothing to apologize for, he gives his all week in week Out…Oba is one of the few Good things that can be said about this club at the moment….

  • Micky Toon

    Dec 1, 2008 at 2:27 PM

    Comment #13

    Desmond – That midfield 3 is a bit iffy.

    In the current climate, wouldn’t we be better off with –

    Zog – Guthrie – Jonas

    Ideally Barton instead of Guthrie.

  • JP...from The Rock

    Dec 1, 2008 at 2:39 PM

    Comment #14

    JK won’t play -4-3-3 as he already said he wouldn’t play Michael Owen as an attacking midfielder. He said he sees him as a striker and that’s where he’ll play- that was what JK said not so long ago. I really hope he changes his mind as I too want us to go with all three starting the match. If not starting the match at least for the last half hour. WE NEED GOALS!! Now that our defense is playing better we need more goals from our side..WINNING WITH GOALS IS WHAT WILL KEEP US UP NOT DRAWS! Although I am pleased with a draw as we were under the cosh for most of the match. A good result AWAY from home, at home we MUST WIN.. Starting with Stoke!

  • ObaFan2

    Dec 1, 2008 at 2:42 PM

    Comment #15

    Oba imo is the most entertaining and most threatening player@ NUFC. Big mistake taking him off considering Owen had a shocker and ToonTex, I agree, JFK should be apologising.

    Imo JFK has lost us points with his substitutions but 2 away games and clean sheets, well done for that.

  • Davies

    Dec 1, 2008 at 2:48 PM

    Comment #16

    Love Oba, top man, great striker. I still think that some of you (with your nicely illustrated formations) are leaving Enrique a bit short. Admittedly he’s had a few howlers this season, but he’s better at left back than N’Zogbia, who, for my money, plays better anywhere on the left of Midfield than at left back.

    Here’s a crazy idea –


    Beye Colo Bassong Enriqe

    Gutierrez Guthrie N’Zogbia


    Viduka Martins

    It’s worked before. It’s what would make Martins happy. If it works again, Owen might be persuaded that it’s the best place in the league for him to play. They all got goals with it last time round.

  • Prez

    Dec 1, 2008 at 2:51 PM

    Comment #17

    I do not think changing the tactics to 4-3-3 would be good for our defence, the last 2 clean sheets came from hard work from the defence AND midfield, and I think we need 4 midfielders for that. Leave Owen on the bench after that shocking performance against the smoggies and teach him he is not untouchable, and the fact that he is captain is just laughable.

  • ObaFan2

    Dec 1, 2008 at 2:53 PM

    Comment #18

    A 3 man midfield IMO can only be done with Barton in the team, Guthrie would get slaughtered.

  • charlie

    Dec 1, 2008 at 3:18 PM

    Comment #19

    i second most comments already said on here already. owen should have come off, martins should have stayed etc.

    how about this for a formation as we an least til jan as we seems our problem area is left back, and taylor now seems ready to return….


    taylor colo bassong

    jonas gutherie butt zog


    martins viduka

    i know its a bit experimental and i dont think i have ever seen a team employ it in the premier league, in fact the only time i have seen it used was to disastorous effect by england. However zog and jonas both have boundless energy and their tracking back is not that terrible, plus butt as a holding midfielder would provide decent cover. Also taylorhas played at right back to good effect before and the same can be said about bassong at left back.

    Plus it allows us to use all three strikers.

    any thoughts people ???????

    ps one final thing if kinnear is playing people on merit then by my reckoning zog shold keep his place after the display against boro, tracked back and won a lot more challenges than duff and i think defenders would be more worried about him than duff..

    anyway thats the rant

  • BenjiToon

    Dec 1, 2008 at 3:21 PM

    Comment #20

    Nowt to apologise for lad. You had our best chances on Sat and it was daft taking you off. Besides, your passion is welcome.

  • sweendog

    Dec 1, 2008 at 3:34 PM

    Comment #21

    Davies .. I agree .. its 4-3-3 when we’ve got the ball and 4-4-2 without .. and using the same players

    without possession


    Beye Colo Bassong Enriqe

    Gutierrez Guthrie Owen N’Zogbia

    Viduka Martins

    with posession


    Beye Colo Bassong Enriqe

    Gutierrez Guthrie N’Zogbia


    Viduka Martins

  • Karltoon

    Dec 1, 2008 at 3:42 PM

    Comment #22

    Could we not stick Martins in the hole rather than Owen?

  • sweendog

    Dec 1, 2008 at 3:44 PM

    Comment #23

    Owens a more intelligent tactical player .. it gives oba the freedom to roam IMO and play to his strengths, pace and unpredictability.

  • lesh

    Dec 1, 2008 at 4:58 PM

    Comment #24

    Oba’ll never function without support and of course the ball to him.

    Remember his first season when he roamed as lone striker and he still did the business? Why? Cos the balls were being played to him – it’s not rocket science!

    Ok, Joe’s got the defence as one (wasn’t Bassong a revelation?) and yes midfield should be supporting the defence but there is also a role in attacking too.

    Perhaps they should focus on developing a midfield understanding with the strikers?

  • Punk Skunk

    Dec 1, 2008 at 5:04 PM

    Comment #25

    Agree with Davies & sweendog, that’s the way to go!..

  • Obafan

    Dec 1, 2008 at 5:24 PM

    Comment #26

    Owen got 6 votes for MOTM in the poll. Has Kinnear also voted on 6 different computers or so????

  • Paul:D

    Dec 1, 2008 at 5:34 PM

    Comment #27

    i think ashley should step in here and make his puppet apologise to oba, we all know what happened last time ashley misjudged who was the most important at the club

  • Punk Skunk

    Dec 1, 2008 at 6:31 PM

    Comment #28

    if that’s as petulant as it gets, i’m happy!..
    …At least it shows he wants to be on the pitch, yay!..

    …Well i guess the mongs in the press have to find something crap to write about NUFC!?!..

  • workyticket

    Dec 1, 2008 at 7:09 PM

    Comment #29

    “I have had complaints that the adverts on the site are redirecting readers off the site, via popups, and are getting to be a pain… It appears that this is nothing specifically to do with this site but is a malware infection”.

    It IS Ed. It’s because you’re using ads hosted by “Yield Manager” which is VERY dodgy ad company which may dump all kinds of things on the computers of the users on this site. If you want to make make some revenue for your site, USE A BETTER AD COMPANY!

  • The Entertainers

    Dec 1, 2008 at 9:41 PM

    Comment #30

    Well done Oba.

    Regardless of the rights and wrongs of Kinnears decision, Oba was wrong.

    A good decision to apologise, an even better one to make it public!

  • Auschas

    Dec 1, 2008 at 10:47 PM

    Comment #31

    Now if we can get spryo to apologise for being homophobic we can get somre real social chance going 🙂

  • Whitt

    Dec 1, 2008 at 10:55 PM

    Comment #32

    Desmond (#9)

    i totally agree. really enjoyed the way beye and geremi interacted along the right hand side and would love for JFK to bring it back. Beye overlapping Geremi was a hell of a lot better than whatever Jonas and Beye are doing presently.

  • boater

    Dec 1, 2008 at 11:04 PM

    Comment #33

    Davies – I’m with you on Enrique. He’s the scapegoat de jour though and the mob smell blood, having decimated the carcasses of Bramble, Carr, Boumsong, Cacapa, Rozenhal, etc. etc…

    Prez – given that only our strikers are capable of scoring this season.. I think we NEED to play all 3.

    Karltoon – why would you change the – AHEM, MR. KINNEAR – very successful triumvirate of 2 up front with Owen in the whole after last season’s joys?

    Now both Oba and Owen have spoken about wanting to play this formation in recent weeks. Surely Kinnear will get the message – home and away.

    Expecting anything other than a midfield 3 of Butt, Guthrie and 1 other is optimistic with KK’s cautionary relegation battling tactics. The fan’s choice would probably be Guti/Guthrie/Zog behind but not gonna happen.

  • Brutooooon

    Dec 1, 2008 at 11:49 PM

    Comment #34

    Stick with 4-4-2, kick owen to the bench where he can sit and calculate his wagessss….

    don’t play 4-4-3 just because we want to accomodate OWEN. plus if we play 3 midfielder, its either spiderman or duff to be sacrifice

  • wsq

    Dec 2, 2008 at 1:20 AM

    Comment #35

    zoggy or owen should’ve came off for viduka. i was hoping for a 4-3-3 too at that time but oba oming off was really a surprise to me.

    guthrie butt jonas
    owen viduka martins


    Dec 2, 2008 at 3:27 AM

    Comment #36

    Cant say as I blame Martins who gave 100%, while Owen dissapeared, who owes the apology ?
    It`s unfortunate Viduka is past his best, to-gether they could have made a pretty good strike team.

  • Ericles

    Dec 2, 2008 at 10:37 AM

    Comment #37

    No need to apologise Oba. Owen should have been the one taken off not you. I thought Joe was beyond allowing past reputations keep a player on a pitch when he is obviously quite ineffective on the occasion. Still….Don’t worry Oba mate – you are our own number 9!

  • Sav

    Dec 2, 2008 at 12:57 PM

    Comment #38

    Delight at anotyher clean sheet and excellent Bassong display should not distract us from the fact that we were almost as negative sagsinst Boro as we had been against Chelsea. Our attempts to nick the 3 points in extra time showed what we could have achieved with a more positive approach.


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