If the 128-times-capped Dutchman, goalkeeper Edwin van der Sar, keeps a clean sheet tonight for another 89 minutes for Manchester United against Newcastle, he will beat the overall European record of 1,390 minutes for clean sheets, set by Dany Verlinden in the Belgian First Division in 1990-91.
Edwin van der Sar – 89 minutes to get the record
So we’ll have to make sure tonight that we score before then, just to mess things up a little.
One player who could do just that for us is our back in the side striker Oba Martins, who can put the ball in the net from almost anywhere.
Oba told the Newcastle Evening Chronicle today:
“I scored against them this season. I’m not the only one who’s going to play but it would be great to do it again.”
“I want to score the goals that will help Newcastle get out of this.”
Unfortunately Oba wasn’t as sharp as he could have been on Sunday at Bolton, and may take a little time to get back to his full sharpness, but we’re sure scoring tonight will be on his mind, every time he gets the ball.
“It’s going to be difficult now because we lost at Bolton, and we have Man U in the next game.”
“We’ll see what’s going to happen. It will be tough but we have to stay together.”
This has been one of the worst seasons in living memory for Newcastle United, and it would be nice if we could really upset things, and actually even get a win tonight.
Joe Kinnear of course is recovering from his open heart surgery and will not be back for another 4 weeks at least, so until then Chris Hughton is the stand-in manager.
And Martins believes it is up to the players to haul the side out of danger, for the third season running, as the Nigerian striker continued:
“We have to play as a team.” “We’ll see what’s going to happen against Manchester United.”
“I will find it difficult, and so will the team.” “They’re a great team and have a lot of great players.”
“But we just have to go out there and do our thing and play our football.”
We’ll be keeping our fingers and toes crossed during the game tonight, and certainly an Oba gaol will ignite the crowd and give the lads that much needed confidence.
Howay The Lads!!