Newcastle Need More Somersaults From Oba Martins

There’s probably already been too much written about the Oba Martins saga of last Saturday, when our striker pulled out of the game with a slight groin strain, which was a surprise to the medical staff and to manager Shearer too.


Oba Martins – we need more of these from Oba in last 6 games

But in retrospect Oba was right not to play on Saturday, because if he was not fully fit the last thing we want is a groin strain that could keep him out for the rest of the season, but of course Alan seemed a bit wary of Martins’ explanation.

Iain Dowie talked about Martins today and said it is behind everybody at the club now:

“There hasn’t been a falling out with Obafemi Martins and the matter has been dealt with,” “It’s gone and it’s in the past and he has said he is fully behind the cause here.”

“We never said there wasn’t an injury. All Alan expressed was his disappointment that he had not been told about the injury until 11.15 on Saturday morning, which was too late.”

“It was disappointing, that’s all, because we had been working on a system all week and then had to scrap it at the last minute because of the injury to Oba.”

“There is no bad feeling. He has gone away for a scan and hopefully the prognosis will be a good one and he will be back involved quickly, because he is an important player for us, no doubt.”

“The communication should have been better, but to be fair to Oba he was desperate to be involved and maybe that was why he kept quiet about the injury.”

We really do think that was probably the case, that Oba was just so desperate to be involved, he maybe had kept quiet about the niggling injury, hoping it would go away.

Oba Martins needs to score some goals, as does Michael Owen and Newcastle in general. We need goals so we can win games, because we can draw all our remaining games, like the one last Saturday at Stoke, and remain unbeaten, and still be relegated with 36 points.

We really want to see some more somersaults from Oba, as long as he doesn’t injure himself in the process, and we hope his confidence is high for the run-in, because on form this boy can score at any time.

And it’s wins we need, and the sooner the first one comes under Shearer the better most Newcastle fans will feel. But we cannot wait 10 games,which we had to last season under Kevin, before the lads came away so well and looked so much a better side.

Let’s hope we can get those 3 points on Sunday at Spurs, because if we cannot, we will then have just 15 points to play for and a maximum right now of 48 points, if we win every single game.

43 points is the worst we’ve ever done in the Premier League, and that’s the number of points we had last year.  The demise of Newcastle since Bobby Robson left the club in August, 2004, has been rapid indeed. 🙁

Oh well, let’s not dwell on too many negatives right now, because a win on Sunday will make us all feel on top of the world!

Comments welcome.

26 comments so far

  • lesh

    Apr 15, 2009 at 10:29 AM

    Comment #1

    Spot on about the need for wins so we might as well go fro broke in those seemingly no-win games such as Spurs.

    I’ve got a little feeling that we might just surprise everybody….. well it’s a hope anyway!

  • beyethegreat

    Apr 15, 2009 at 10:31 AM

    Comment #2

    i have faith martins will co,e through btw did any 1 see the liverpool chelsea game last night

    it was 1 of the best games EVER

  • Toon Graeme

    Apr 15, 2009 at 10:32 AM

    Comment #3

    Why would you keep quiet about an injury that could have been made alot worse and poss keep out for longer – not your smartest hour oba.

    Im wondering what Shearer has in his locker for Sunday.

    Arry will probably go 4 5 1 and do his usual – sit in his chair going red faced and look like a slapped ar$e.

    Ive got more faith for Sunday than I did against stoke.

  • Toon Graeme

    Apr 15, 2009 at 10:34 AM

    Comment #4

    Beye – it was simply without a doubt one of THE best matches Ive seen in absolutely ages. Shame that Chelski won it – but what can you do.

  • beyethegreat

    Apr 15, 2009 at 10:37 AM

    Comment #5

    yeah tg

    i wanted liverpool to win it aswell its a shame but it was a great game anyway so i hope barca beat them in the semis and either barca or arsenal go on to win it

  • batty

    Apr 15, 2009 at 10:37 AM

    Comment #6

    ED we need the goals he can save his summer saults for next season we dont want him injured m8

  • bennymoob

    Apr 15, 2009 at 10:41 AM

    Comment #8

    I have moob moobs!

  • reillers

    Apr 15, 2009 at 10:44 AM

    Comment #10

    Woops didn’t even look, beyethegreat beat me too it. Lol.
    And of course we can’t edit on here anymore..ah well.

  • beyethegreat

    Apr 15, 2009 at 10:46 AM

    Comment #11

    reillers yes it is depressing

    but well just have tp prove him wrong

  • beyethegreat

    Apr 15, 2009 at 10:50 AM

    Comment #12

    aalso reillers

    what do you think of van der sar being nominated for player of the year i would have had given before him any day

  • Micky Toon

    Apr 15, 2009 at 10:59 AM

    Comment #13

    beye – Van der Sar is a much better keeper than Given. He commands the box and his distribution is better too.

  • reillers

    Apr 15, 2009 at 11:32 AM

    Comment #14

    It’s not the case of proving him wrong because from that, he says he thinks Shearer can keep the club up. It’s nice to see he cares, and more so about the clubs and fans, and he desperately wants them to stay up.
    I think Van Der Sar is so overrated it’s a joke. Given has done brilliantly and seems to have gotten better when at City, and seem to control his defenders well, the clowns at Newcastle tend to malfunction every second of every minute here.
    Van Der Sar was always going to be nominated because of the clean sheets but if were honest he never had much to do. He tends to become a bit of a liabiltiy at times. As has Cech of late, and Reina last night was awful as well.
    There aren’t much better out there then Given imo.

  • Micky Toon

    Apr 15, 2009 at 11:39 AM

    Comment #15

    You’re having a laugh, right? Given is a good keeper, no doubt about it, but his position at NUFC seems to have elevated him to some sort of God like status amongst some of the NUFC fans. If Given was *that* good then why haven’t any top teams ever made and serious enquiries about him?

    Let’s face it, a lot of fans are saying Harper is as good, if not better than Given, so are we now saying Harper is a world class keeper?


    Apr 15, 2009 at 11:51 AM

    Comment #16

    at inter;
    2002-03 10 (3)
    2003-04 37 (11)
    2004-05 45 (22)
    2005-06 42 (13)

    at NUFC;
    2006-07 46(17)
    2007-08 33(10)
    2008-09 19 (7)

    i’m one of his biggest fans, but shouldn’t he be banging them in alot more often? he should be better than one in three

  • reillers

    Apr 15, 2009 at 11:53 AM

    Comment #17

    Micky Toon
    Sorry mate but that’s bull, I know a hell lot of NUFC fans, and if you include the lads on here, well I’ve never seen much say that he’s better then Given.

    He’s at the status of “God like” for a reason, for the same reason why Shearer is. Both have saved us countless times. They are NUFC heroes and will go down in NUFC folklore. If you stop NUFC fans on the street and ask who were NUFC 2 best players they’ve had in the last 10 years and you’re very likely to hear Given and Shearer mentioned all the time.

    Given gets nothing but praise from the likes of Fergie, Wenger and co and Wenger has always showed interest in Given.
    Man City could have gotten any keeper, they could have went for Buffon. But they didn’t.

    Harper’s good but Given’s on another level, on another planet, in another galaxy.

  • Ross

    Apr 15, 2009 at 11:56 AM

    Comment #18

    Reillers-Shay is still newcastle through and through like. He’d had his final straw and felt he was forced to leave, but i get the impression he’s still black and white, still loves the club. After that long with us, after the service he gave you cant just switch off, fair play to him.


    Apr 15, 2009 at 11:57 AM

    Comment #19

    by the way his record for the Nigerian team is 16 goals in 21 appearances. i believe this should be the TRUE ratio for him.

  • North Atlantic Magpie

    Apr 15, 2009 at 11:58 AM

    Comment #20

    Our biggest problem is that only rely on the forwards to score goals…We really need some goals from the midfielders.

  • Micky Toon

    Apr 15, 2009 at 12:22 PM

    Comment #21

    reillers – I agree about Given’s status amongst NUFC fans. I also feel he is an NUFC legend, but in the same way I think Pavel is a legend and Albert is a legend. They all have made important contributions to NUFC during their time with us and I will always remember them for it, but they aren’t recognised as world class players. Given has saved our ar$es on more than one occasion I will say that, and he is up there with the best keepers in the PL, but he isn’t better than Buffon, Chec, Ceasar or Van Der Sar.
    City got him because we were the only ones willing to sell and he wanted to get away from NUFC.
    As we’ve seen with Kaka money doesn’t always talk the loudest.
    The really good players will always play for the best teams and Given is currently playing for Man City, rather than Barca, ManU, Real Madrid or even Chelsea. I think that sums it up.

  • reillers

    Apr 15, 2009 at 12:35 PM

    Comment #22

    Cech of late has been shocking, Arsenal’s keeper isn’t great, all you have to do is ask their fans, Reina is ok, Van Der Sar is good but there are better then him, imo Given is best in the League, maybe not in Europe but in the Prem. No one ever put in a serious bid for Given because till this season he was never going to leave Newcastle, so why bother. Wenger said he wanted Given but Arsenal didn’t have the money to waste when they have a perfectly fine keeper.
    Same applies for the likes of Man U..they’ve always puzzled me a wee bit. With the exception of the Great Dane, they’ve only ever seemed to have ok keepers.
    I think we can guess that when it comes to the top 4 clubs the keepers position isn’t as near as important as it is to the likes of Newcastle.
    Man City have more money then anyone, they could have went to buy anyone, could have made an offer for Buffon, anyone, but they went for Given for a reason.

  • reillers

    Apr 15, 2009 at 12:43 PM

    Comment #23

    Ross, I agree, I think we forced him out. I think after years of what can only be described as torture behind clowns like Bramble, I think we broke him. We crushed his soul. He’s the patience of a saint, and we broke that.

    And I can’t help thinking that if the Liverpool game hadn’t played out the way it did he’d still be here, I think that was the day we broke Shay Given. His hope died that day, and that says a hell of a lot.
    That was one of the darkest days at Nufc, not just because we got trashed but I honestly believe that that is the day we lost Shay Given..and that day could prove to be our most costly.
    Everything since he’s left, be it a coincidence or what, but everything since has gone down hill. There’s no one left with that much fight, that much heart. Harper’s a good lad but no one stood up against the tide like wee Given did.

    He’s Newcastle through and through and I hope we give him that testimonial like Man U-Celtic for Keane’s one.
    We owe him so much, but it’s nice to hear that the first result he checks is Newcastle’s.
    (Have to admit that I’d tend to check the City results more then I would have normally) It’s still got a place in his heart. Not surprising you don’t stay at a club for 11 years and leave it behind. And of course he gives the mention to the fans.
    I’d have loved to see Shearer as manager with Given in goals, but times changed and here we are. I hope the lad does well for himself, he deserves a trophey or two for his years of fantastic service.

  • ian

    Apr 15, 2009 at 12:51 PM

    Comment #24

    north Atlantic Magpie, I agree, I want these ex footballer idiots who like to get noticed by calling and creating trouble with our fans favourite players to record the game on the TV and then watch when we go on a typical Martins counter attack what the other players, ie Owen and midfield are doing as they arent even turned round facing the oppositions goal let alone making a run, Martins has no support and his efforts are wasted 9 times out of 10. They should be running too, it would help if they had already started their runs too. There should be at least another two near the box to have any chance of beating a reasonable premiership team. Sick of seeing Martins on his own taking on two defenders and a keeper, that is why I would put Owen on in the second half as he is no support to Martins in the first half he is to slow.

    Those pundits need to look for the players who arent in play but should be instead of banging on and on about the one player who is there doing his job.

  • PaceOba

    Apr 15, 2009 at 3:37 PM

    Comment #25

    Hmm..I think Oba very dissapointed about the injury, and don’t want come out make a statement to show it to us.

  • Tom_Toon

    Apr 15, 2009 at 9:10 PM

    Comment #26



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