Shearer Annoyed About Late Martins Groin Injury

Alan Shearer was pleased with the second half effort from his players this afternoon, but he seems a little ticked off at the Oba Martins injury, which he was only told about at 11:00am this morning.


Oba Martins – pulled out at 11:00 am this morning

Martins missed the game this afternoon with a groin injury, that he said he woke up with this morning in the hotel.

And it seems that Shearer is not too happy with the late withdrawal after they had practiced a system all week with Martins and Owen and had to switch it at the last minute.

Alan said after the game:

“Possibly we could have won the game if Martins had been fit,” “I was disappointed it took until 11 o’clock to sort out the injury in the first place.”

“There was no evidence earlier in the week that he had the injury. It was disappointing that after two days of practicing a system, we weren’t able to implement it.”

“He just said he woke up late and had a sore groin, the medical staff saw him and he wasn’t fit to play. We’ve asked him to explain it, and we’ll look at him further in the morning.”

“But out of every negative you take a positive. Both Andy and Shola have given everything and proved a point today.”

We’ve never fancied an Owen Martins partnership up front, because there’s no physical presence there, and it could well be that Andy Carroll has shown Shearer he needs a big man up front.

Andy showed the guts and courage that had been missing from a number of Newcastle players today, as he scored with a brilliant header after 81 minutes, and had only just missed a few minutes earlier with another powerful header.

And late in the game he was in defense both kicking and heading clear of the danger zone, and put in a terrific performance over the last 20 minutes of the game.

A spirited display from the Gateshead-born striker and we’d like to see him start on Sunday at Spurs, even if it means Martins starts on the bench.

When he was brought on he posed an immediate threat to the Stoke defense with his physical presence, and his all out-play for the Newcastle cause.

Newcastle played well in the last 30 minutes of this game, but in all honesty Stoke should have had the game wrapped up by then – but Newcastle could still have stolen the winner in the frantic last 10 minutes of the game.

The lads came back from the dead today – and that has to be the good news, that we did manage to get something out of this game, when all had seemed lost.

But the team will need to play a lot better next week at White Hart Lane if we are going to get a result in London next Sunday.

Comments welcome.

17 comments so far

  • Shot Bru

    Apr 11, 2009 at 9:06 PM

    Comment #1

    Shearer doesn’t rate Martins, so it’s a good excuse to get rid of him for the rest of the season.

  • Christoon

    Apr 11, 2009 at 9:13 PM

    Comment #2

    ameobi proved a point? he couldn’t help us score one!!!!!!!!!!!

  • hitman

    Apr 11, 2009 at 9:14 PM

    Comment #3

    oba hasnt really set the world ablaze since hes been here,lets hope we get a good price in the summer.

  • BT9MAG

    Apr 11, 2009 at 9:25 PM

    Comment #4

    Both Andy and Shola have given everything and proved a point today…

    …that despite giving everything Shola is still useless!!!

  • Doocey

    Apr 11, 2009 at 9:52 PM

    Comment #5

    Martins is our key to survival if he can get the right service.

  • Wigaz

    Apr 11, 2009 at 10:57 PM

    Comment #6

    Martins is too inconsistent! I think Shearer will sell him in the summer & go & buy Ashton. I know he’s injury prone but if we could keep him fit he’d be class plus we’d have Andy Carroll as back up. I think we will have a new number 9 next season though. Lets just hope we stay up to see whoever it is bang in goals in the prem. Carroll has to start with Owen for remaining games though. On another note i though Edgar was class today! he should have colo’s spot hands down. Just defended like his life depended on it unlike bon jovi with his slack clearance’s & stupid touches at the back. Team Vs Spurs.

    No point playing with natural wingers coz we dont have any let full backs push on for crosses & Jonas can always pull wide.

  • linz

    Apr 12, 2009 at 12:17 AM

    Comment #7

    martins with a sudden injury at 11am = ‘coward’ thats exactly what shearer will be thinking, sorry oba mate you cant get paid over 50k per week and expect and easy ride!! what a loser I hope if shearer stays he gets rid of him, well done Andy you showed youre worthy of a starting place today son…outstanding header!! come on the toon!!

  • Vitorbarbosa

    Apr 12, 2009 at 1:28 AM

    Comment #8

    I think you guys misinterpret Martins’ action.

    I think he want to involve so much that he continues to train but after I found out that he is actually not 100% fit, he confessed to the team.

    Why label him as ‘coward’?

  • Brutooon

    Apr 12, 2009 at 3:28 AM

    Comment #9

    Martin is our best striker…

    Owen = Useless, Overpaid, Can’t even make a shot on goal, not good enough to turn pass defenders.

    Ameobi = Worst striker we had and the most given chances by every manager and with NO reason why

    Caroll- young but he need a small striker with him

    the problem is that Owen got an automatic selection even if he doesnt score in 10000 games

    give martins the chances like what useless ameobi was given !

  • Toonmania

    Apr 12, 2009 at 6:37 AM

    Comment #10

    I think it just proved a point that everybody except the managment have been saying for the last year, (AMEOBI IS SHIT ) he has no skill, and no heart for the team, and i can’t see any other PL team buying him, we should stick with Carrol and get lualua back from loan and utilise him (excellent players).
    I think it proves that we need to use some of the great youngsters coming through and give them a chance on the pitch rather than using them to keep the bench warm, but all in all, i take great heart from the performance yesterday and shows that they don’t want to go down.

  • JoeColl87

    Apr 12, 2009 at 7:54 AM

    Comment #11

    Groin injury “he said he woke up with this morning in the hotel”… What the hell was he doing the previous night/in bed? He wasn’t sharing a room with Xisco was he?

  • edburn

    Apr 12, 2009 at 8:30 AM

    Comment #12

    We can’t sell him! In a choice between Martins and Ameobi, I know who I would choose every time. Why not have:


  • UTD111

    Apr 12, 2009 at 9:02 AM

    Comment #13

    Sore groin? I blame the three women who left Oba’s room at ten to 11 LOL

  • MarkO

    Apr 12, 2009 at 9:43 AM

    Comment #14

    If Oba doesn’t play for the rest of the season we have no chance of staying up.

    Yes Carroll proved he can play a part, but he can’t be solely relied upon to score our goals. If Oba played yesterday we would have won and if Shearer doesn’t play him then we are down.

  • Ross

    Apr 12, 2009 at 10:30 AM

    Comment #15

    Martins may be slightly sporadic in his shooting but he is still a vital part of our team. At the end of the day he does score goals and his pace is frightening for the best of them-nevermind teams in fragile positions (yes, much like us) such as boro and pompey, games that we HAVE to take 3 points from as im sure everyone now knows all too well.
    He’s excellent should we want to play counter attacking football-just look at Man Utd with him and lovenkrands. He picks the ball up in our half and given space to run, will exploit it-we’re not exactly pacey passers of the ball so we need that from him.

  • Obafan

    Apr 12, 2009 at 10:59 AM

    Comment #16

    What do you prefer? An honnest player who tells the manager he cannot play cause he is injured or a injured players who doesn’t say a thing about it and doesn’t touch a ball.

    Perhaps Ameobi was injured yesterday, cause he did do nowt at all.

    Oh and I do not understand at all that Shearer dares to say that Ameobi showed a point in his performance yesterday. He was utter useless.

  • Sav

    Apr 13, 2009 at 2:59 AM

    Comment #17

    W e don’t know the facts yet, so lets all shut up about it until we find out.


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