Newcastle fans will be pleased to hear that Oba Martins, after being taken off after 65 minutes on Saturday, was OK about it after the game. That’s good news.
Oba Martins (what a photo!) – OK following the game on Saturday
The angry reaction of Martins to his late substitution was one of the talking points of the game on Saturday, and yesterday, not helped by the TV crew, who showed him tossing his white armband onto the field and walking straight down and into the dressing rooms after being substituted.
We know that has worried some Newcastle fans, because Oba is a very popular player on Tyneside, who gives his all for the club, and of course is more than a decent player and still young at just 24. And he was playing very well when he was substituted, of course.
Chris Hughton said today:
“Oba was okay after the game. You want the players to be disappointed at coming off,” “What we have is that little bit more competition for places that we’ve been striving for.”
“Will he be punished? Any issues that way are always dealt with in-house.”
We think the best way to handle this is just like Kevin did when the same thing happened to him. Oba was just disappointed, probably because he thought he could win the game for the club.
A nice little talk between Joe and Oba will let the youngster know he’s still a very important player for Newcastle United, and the fans know it.
Make sure you tell him Joe.