It was disappointing when Oba Martins missed the penalty that could well have put Newcastle on the the road to victory against Arsenal on Saturday, but it was not to be and that’s water under the Tyne Bridge now.
Oba Martins – disappointed at missing penalty on Saturday
Coach Chris Hughton has spoken to Martins about the penalty kick disappointment, but it’s not something to dwell on, and we all have to move on.
And Oba did try to atone for that miss, with his brilliant opportunist second-half strike against the Gunners, and it was a goal he got out of absolutely nothing.
Chris said today:
“We have a debrief on the game afterwards and we spoke about a lot of things,” “On the penalty, we wanted the goal to go in – everyone did. But it didn’t, and we have to get on with it.”
“He’s a striker, and if you’re a striker and you have an opportunity to score from six yards, that is obviously what you want to do. You will find most good strikers just get on with it, and that is what Oba will do.”
Nobody is blaming Oba for missing the penalty, it was just a terrible disappointment, that’s all, and disappointing no doubt to Oba too, but hey, that’s life.
Hughton didn’t want to say if Martins will continue to take the penalties as the coach continued:
“I’ve been at the club for a while and I don’t know which foot is his strongest. That’s not a negative – it’s a positive. This is a lad who can get equally as much power from both feet,”
“Would he take it against Chelsea? It’d be nice to get a penalty against Chelsea! Whoever the penalty taker is on the pitch will hopefully put it away.”
We’re fairly sure that Michael Owen will be the penalty taker for Newcastle, if he’s on the field at the time, and Shola Ameobi showed how to put them away, with a terrific penalty against Sunderland, which was his 50th goal for the club, in the most recent Tyne-Wear derby.
What is clear however, is that if we are to survive this season, we cannot afford to miss any more penalties in our remaining eight games.