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!