Martins Could Be Fit For Liverpool Game

Oba Martins will miss the game on Friday against Wigan at the JJB Stadium, but Joe Kinnear is hoping he will make the Liverpool game at St. James’ Park next Sunday (12 noon KO time), in our final game of the year.


Oba Martins – could be ready for Liverpool game

Kinnear said after the match:

“Oba will miss out at Wigan on Boxing Day, but I will be disappointed if he is not back for the Liverpool match.”

“He did his groin when he scored at Portsmouth. From then he hasn’t had one day off the treatment table.”

“On Saturday I took him off and he had a bit of a stretch, but he couldn’t do it. He was still getting pain, so I stuck him back on the treatment table.”

It was a good win for the lads yesterday, and it turned out to be an excellent move when Joe put on Damien Duff in place of Jose Enrique, after 88 minutes, and it paid off within a couple of minutes.

Joe talekd about that this morning:

“I have been brave and taken the left-back off.”“There was nothing to lose.”

“I don’t know how long there was left, maybe six minutes including injury time, so it was a case of telling Duffer to play as high up the pitch as he possibly could.”

“I told him ‘if you can create or get us a goal, we’re quids in – don’t worry about defending’.”

“I thought that area, on the left-hand side, was Tottenham’s weakest area. Thankfully, these things come off for you once in a while.”

Good move by Joe, and whether he meant it or not, he should take the credit for it. Why not?  😀

Cannot wait for Wigan on Boxing Day.

10 comments so far

  • Turkish Magpie

    Dec 22, 2008 at 3:43 PM

    Comment #1


  • DanToon

    Dec 22, 2008 at 3:47 PM

    Comment #2

    I love this, Sam Jacks is quality!

    He wife must feel so lucky lol.

  • Dennis Twice

    Dec 22, 2008 at 3:47 PM

    Comment #3

    Dennis hopes twice that Oba is fit against Liverpool.

    I hope !
    I hope !

  • jimnufc

    Dec 22, 2008 at 4:09 PM

    Comment #4

    i think if oba is fit we need to play him behind owen and viduka like beardsley did behind shearer and fredinand

  • Michael12

    Dec 22, 2008 at 4:22 PM

    Comment #5

    There is no doubting when Martins Plays we pose more of a goal threat. His pace and energy upfront is very important. He is not prolific but he brings a sense of danger and causes defences to operate gingerly.

  • buddy

    Dec 22, 2008 at 4:31 PM

    Comment #6

    this contradicts duffs staement, in which he says he came on to wind down the game. well done to joe for the great win but e is s spoofer and it was not down to tactical genius as joe hates using subs

  • Bill F (Original)

    Dec 22, 2008 at 7:16 PM

    Comment #7

    Bud, might make Joe a lucky manager, which for me is often better than a good manager. It’s even better if you have a good lucky manager such as Fergy. Could be that Joe is both, only time will tell. We have had some very good managers but not lucky ones, KK is a prime example or we would have won that title that got away.

  • 52times

    Dec 22, 2008 at 8:43 PM

    Comment #8

    Unban 52times

  • KK never again (Timberhead)

    Dec 22, 2008 at 9:20 PM

    Comment #9

    Can anyone remember JFK winning the LMA manager of the year in 97/98 seaso I think it was when for a while he had Wimbledon in 2nd place and did well in the cups. Even still that been said I’m not a fan of his tactics.

  • jim

    Dec 22, 2008 at 9:25 PM

    Comment #10

    are u owen backers all mad? hes off in the summer or he would have signed it! hes sayin its not greed but if its not greed why look for better? he doesnt see himself winning anything with us and cant wait to get away-i say try n get 10 million in jan or a player swap deal with a decent striker with cash going either way-the mackems snapped up a cple of good cheap players so can we-djibril cisse-kenwyne jones-andy reid tho hes on the wing he was a snip-its possible-plus we have ranger and sameobi comin thru and andy carroll to try-aswell as viduka,martins,ameobi-let him go he was never at home here-sell him and get bellamy back in and joe to keep him rite-theres loads of strikers about-even a fit chopra would do ok-i know they dont have his goal ratio but thats what the ten million would be for-and maybe pay them less than his wage anyway! im actually disgusted hes turned that offer down-some captain eh-drop his captaincy and give it to shay given-play duff all the time and zogs-bring ranger thru-weve coped before without him-and will again-fancy letting the club and fans down like that-wot a nob!


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